This review of Christopher Keller’s book is offered because this book really does stand out from the crowd. But don’t let the title mislead you. While it is written for kids, it’s also a valuable resource for adults.
For anybody who doesn’t like to read or has challenges doing so, the audio book version is completely unabridged and free if you take an Audible account trail.
Mountain Biking for Kids
Christopher C. Keller (Author), Tom Howery (Audio Book Narrator)
As somebody who has been involved and interested in Personal Development and Growth for many years I was particularly impressed by this book because it goes beyond the typical principles of mountain biking, yet it manages to stay completely relevant to the subject. It’s an easy read too; always a bonus.
I’ve been riding for many years and I’m a qualified psychologist. I know the importance of mindset when I’m out on the trails, both theory and practice. Especially when I encounter challenging technical trail features (TTF’s) such as rocky descents, sudden, steep drop-offs, lung busting climbs or fast and muddy switchbacks.
This book is an easy to follow guide to upgrade the skills and mindset of youthful mountain bikers. Maintaining a youthful approach can only be good for everybody, regardless of chronological age.
Keller relates how the growth we experience as young people usually has a big and permanent impact on our decision-making. By looking at Mountain Biking as a combination of physical discipline, technique, and mindset we can capitalize on the experience.
I agree completely that this book is,
“. . . more than brilliance in basics. It combines mental and physical ideologies to nurture the mindset of the young mountain bikers. Even if you are already knowledgeable of mountain biking this guide is sure to leave you with gems to apply and remember”.
Fun and Structure
The author asks and answers several important questions and offers a balance between having fun and structure:
- What makes mountain bikers successful?
- How can riders become the best versions of themselves and enjoy every ride?
- Using mind and body when encountering obstacles and trail challenges
- Gear shifting and cadence is more than just that. What do you do when you start receiving information overload due to the trail conditions? What’s the best way (for you) to cope?
- A well-maintained bike looks after the rider
- Thrill versus risk. Anybody who rides regularly knows that there is thrill and risk involved with the sport. How do we find ways to balance these?
Thinking Outside The Box
In my experience the more I’m able to do this in any situation will lead to better outcomes and that isn’t just when I’m out on my bike. Here, the author looks at how we can do this out on the trails.
What Have Other Riders Said?
“I learned about mountain biking at the age of 6, and by the age of 15, I have toured most of the trails in Colorado. Everybody needs a guide to becoming successful”.
“Remember to take it one step at a time”!
“Really easy to read and well organized”.
“a lot of great information, I am recommending this book to my friends”.
“Though its format suggests a younger reader than I expected, the information contained in the book is solid and applicable to older cycling fans as well as younger ones”.
There is no doubt that this book is a valuable resource for all mountain bike riders. It helps new riders and reminds more experienced riders of many points that matter. Highly Recommended and a perfect gift for self or others.
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