The combination of mountain biking and beach is one of the most scenic places to ride a bike. The beach provides a calming environment for the mind while the mountain bike provides an exhilarating experience for the body.
Mountain biking on the beach offers an interesting balance between calmness and thrill which cannot be found in any other natural environment. If you are looking to escape from life’s worries, this is one of the best places to go.
So yes, you can in fact ride a mountain bike on the beach. To ride on the beach and looser sand, you need to use a fat bike with the wider tires so it won’t sink down into the sand.
Choosing the Right Mountain Bike
Riding a mountain bike on the beach may sound like a fun experience at first, but it can pose a major set of challenges. The sand will slow the bike down and the bike will be difficult to control. You’ll also need to make sure that you have a good tire, which is going to provide grip in the sand and prevent your tires from getting stuck in the sand.
That is where fat bikes come into play. They have tires in excess of 4 inches wide so they don’t sink down in the sand as easy and you can actually ride on loose sand as easy as you ride on packed dirt! Usually you have to choose between 27.5″ and 29″ tall bike wheels, so opt for the 29 if possible to make it even easier.
Not So Fun Beach Hazards
The beach can be a great place to hang out and enjoy a day in the sun. However, if you’re mountain biking, it can be a little more treacherous. If you’ve never ridden on sand before, there are some things you need to know about these hazards:
You should wear closed-toed shoes for protection from all kinds of sharp objects on the ground such as broken glass and shells
The sand often covers rocks and sticks making them hard to see and difficult to avoid
Sand builds up on your bike’s gears or chain and can cause it wear out or break more easily
Sand also makes it difficult for you to brake.
You will likely encounter walking pedestrians or people getting a suntan. It’s best to give yourself plenty of room from others, or if there isn’t enough room walk your bike for a short bit.
Just be aware of your environment and beach goers around you and enjoy the incredible beach riding experience.
Is Sand Bad For Mountain Bikes?
Many cyclists are concerned about what damage sand can do to their bike. The answer is that it depends on the equipment of bike you have, the type of sand you are riding in, and your riding style.
Sand may not hurt your bike right away but over time this will wear it down and cause more damage than you think.
This is because the grit from the sand gets into places that are difficult to clean without sending it through a full maintenance process. The best way to prevent this from happening is by keeping your chain well lubricated so that any grit won’t stick as easily to it.
How To Clean The Sand Off Of A Mountain Bike
Riding your mountain bike on the beach has a way of getting sand into all parts of the bike. Sand can be bad for bearings and brakes when it gets in there, and salt water can cause rust on your bike. The best thing to do is clean it down after riding on the beach.
The first step of preparing your bike for cleaning is attaching the water nozzle at the end of your hose and then spraying it with fresh water. The next step is to use a big brush to scrub out any dirt that may have accumulated on the frame, tires, and all other parts of the bike. You can also use soap or an environmentally friendly degreasing agent if you want to get rid of more stubborn dirt.
Final Thoughts about Riding Mountain Bikes on the Beach
In conclusion, mountain biking on the beach is a fun way to get in some exercise and enjoy the scenery. The salt water air breeze while you’re taking in the beautiful sights is relaxation for the mind and body.
I highly recommend biking on the beach if you have the chance.
Interestingly, the fat bikes that you use for the great beach riding are also amazing riding around in snow for a little winter treat!