Mountain biking is all about being out there, free to explore the natural terrain but it also requires more technical skill than any other form of riding. Nobody knows that better than Rebecca Rusch, a tough-as-nails pro mountain biking biker who’s garnered seven national mountain biking titles in addition to winning the legendary Leadville 100 four times.
Regardless of your aspirations, you have to learn the basic skills before you can master the ultimate bike-handling skills. Whether you are riding for fitness, outdoor activities or professional training, your knowledge and experience will combine to make you a perfect biker. In this article, we are going to suggest basic tips that can go a long way in improving your riding performance.
Whether you are riding a rigid conventional bike or the modern ones equipped with sophisticated suspensions, you must understand that your arms and legs serve as the best suspension during your ride. So, use your arms and legs in relaxed standing posture on the pedals to absorb the potholes or bumps during the ride. Once you master the intricacies of using your arms and hands as suspension, you will successfully glide over all the obstacles on your trail.
It is difficult to focus on the trail when you are listening to strange noises coming from your bike. Basic bike maintenance only takes a few minutes and it can save you from a long walk, or worse, a trip to the emergency room. Even if you can’t fix your bike for adventure travel, checking it will give you the chance to take it into the shop before you hit the trail.
Neutral means stacked means ready to move with somewhere to go when you need to respond to changes in terrain that isn’t OTB (over the bars). Leishman (a pro-elite downhill racer, Norco Factory Team rider) says you’ve got to stand up enough that you have room to move fore-aft, laterally, up and down. Otherwise, there’s only one direction available for you to go.
The exposure to good and experienced bikers will allow you to learn Mountain Bike 401 Trail, Crested Butte, CO, USAbetter riding habits, and you have to push extra hard to match up with them. This will create avenues of improvisation in your riding skills. You will learn by observing how they ride through rocky or rough terrains, position their bodies while descending downhill and manage to fix flat tires when they still face long rides to home.
Learn the Wheelies
Wheelies and nose wheelies (having the back wheel off the ground) are fun little tricks, and they are quite useful on the trail.You can pull a little wheelie to get your front wheel up and over an object, and then shift to a nose wheelie so your back wheel doesn’t hit. Even if you can’t get either wheel off of the ground, knowing how to take your weight off them will make some sections of trail smoother. These are easier to do with clipless pedals, but less intimidating to learn with platform pedals.