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Biking, also called cycling, is the use of bicycles for recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists" or "bikers
Bicycles are used for recreation at all ages. Bicycle touring involves touring, exploration or sightseeing by bicycle for leisure.
Many cycling clubs hold organized rides in which bicyclists of all levels participate. The typical organized ride starts with a large group of riders, called the mass, bunch or even peloton. This will thin out over the course of the ride.
Rides usually consist of several different routes, sorted by mileage, and with a certain number of rest stops with access to refreshments, first aid and maintenance tools.
Mountain biking began in the 1970s, originally as a downhill sport, practiced on customized cruiser bicycles. Most mountain biking takes place on dirt roads, trails and in purpose-built parks. Downhill mountain biking continues to evolve and is performed at places such as ski resorts and open hilly countryside on and off roads.
Bicycles are often used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health.