Mountain Cycling Skills


it makes sense for every mountain driver to remember the first time he rode a bike. But you ride on rocks, across streams, and all kinds of terrain, and these (at least at the beginning) feel like it doesn't make any sense at all. It's fun and exciting, and it makes everyone nervous and scared. It becomes easier and more interesting!-over time. But every mountain driver wants someone to tell them at the beginning that there are some tips. Here are nine beginners mountain cycling skills, when you first learn to ride, you should know.


1. Keep it loose. The job of your bike is to roll over the technical field. Your job is to let the bike finish its work. This means keeping your body loose, so it can move under your body. When riding on obstacles such as roots and rocks, hover your ass over the saddle. The more technical the terrain, the more space your bike needs to move. As you tear off a drop, think about it: push-up arm and cowboy leg, and then open your elbows and knees outward so that your body can let the bike flow instead of fighting.


2. Keep motivated. It can be counterintuitive, but as the terrain becomes more and more challenging, keeping the speed-or even accelerating-makes it easier to clean up difficult roads, because your bike has one of the most important motivations to move on: power. Momentum is your best friend. Keep it as much as you can.

3. Change your weight and center of gravity. You will encounter some extreme terrain, including steep tilt and fall. When climbing a tough stadium, move your weight forward and lean forward to keep your center of gravity above the rear wheel to maintain traction. When the path is tilted down, move in the opposite direction and transfer the weight to the back of the saddle and above the rear wheel to avoid crossing the rod.


4. Start easily on the brake. At some point you will be tempted to grab two brakes and pull them to the bar with everything you have. Resist this temptation! Mountain bike brakes are strong enough that you just need one or two fingers to adjust your speed. Adjust your speed before thorny things, such as rock gardens and corners, and then keep you fast through them. If you find yourself turning too hot, keep the front brake. Stop before the tire will send your front tire into the slide, which may send you to the ground. When you hit the back, you may skate, but you are more likely to stay upright. 

5, use all gears. The outline of the mountain bike lane often looks like the great white shark opens a wide range of next snacks. In other words, they cover undulating terrain and often shoot up and down. Predict terrain changes by moving before you need them. It will help you maintain your motivation, as you know, this is your best friend.


6. Set your pause. Today, most mountain bicycles have at least one front suspension front fork and most rear seats have a shock absorber. These are magical inventions, and when you flip them, they almost disappear. But they only work if you set them to an active position. You can take some time to learn how to set the sag more nuanced, how much travel and bounce you use on your bike. But take a moment to know how to lock and / or open your suspension so that you don't accidentally use a fully rigid bike to enter a crazy technical route.


7, look where you want to go. Staring directly at the rock you don't want to hit is almost sure you can enter it directly. It is called "fixed goal;" your bike goes where your eyes guide it. Instead, look at the obstacles to where you really want to go. Keep your chin level to the ground, keep your eyes forward, and as far as possible along the path, use your peripheral vision to avoid and immediately negotiate obstacles in front of you. If obstacles trip you, upgrading to a helmet-specific helmet will protect your head.


8, refresh the basic maintenance. Because of the firmness of the terrain, machinery is more prone to cross-country driving than on the sidewalk. Tubeless tire technology helps to minimize, but not eliminate planes. So brush some basic repairs to make sure you can leave the woods in the event of a failure. At least, you should know how to repair the apartment. Other good skills include repairing broken chains and replacing bent or broken transmission hangers. Your local store can tell you how to do it.

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9. The carrying equipment is sufficient. There is no convenience store in the forest or in the desert. Mountain bike riding usually takes longer than expected, as you often experience rough terrain, mechanical or just lost. Always pack more food and water than you can imagine. Similarly, if there is a problem, sometimes someone will come to pick you up. Even if possible, you may not have a cell service. Always carry the tools you need: a spare pipe (or two), a pump, and a multi-purpose tool to know what you need, and you'll be more relaxed and more fun.