10 Things Mountain Bikers Should Never Do In Winter


(crashing) – Welcome to our 10
things you should not do when riding in the winter. It’s not a catchy title but it is useful. Let’s get going with the first one. Okay, here we go. Obviously, if you’re riding in the cold you need to have enough
clothing on to keep warm and warm for every stage of the ride. So, make sure you have layers and as each layer comes
off and remove the item you can put it in its place in your bag. There’s so many items
of technical clothing and solutions out there. Brilliant items that have
warmth and are breathable and can be stored when it is needed to be. So, as well as warmth you need to think about staying dry. Think about how dry
your feet are gonna be. There’s nothing worse
than soaking wet feet. So, booties to go over your riding shoes could be required. Lastly protect your hands from the wet and cold. Once your hands are too cold then riding is almost impossible. And if you’re getting
yourself in huge discomfort and danger then riding without
gloves just isn’t an option. You should never rely on your phone. However, they are incredibly
useful for so many things. Recording your ride using ingenious apps or mapping your route. But service can drop
and batteries can fail when you forget to charge them. So, route planning and cause
can’t taken for granted. Nevertheless, having a phone
with you is a fantastic tool that will consistently
get you out of a hole when things go wrong. So, take it but don’t
put all your trust in it, but take it, but don’t
trust it. But do take it. So, flip side on the phone issue. Don’t ride unless someone
knows where you’re going. Have a plan drew. Let’s say things go wrong and you fall off and hurt yourself or you get lost. Say you don’t have a phone working then things could get a bit dicey. Imagine it goes really wrong and you’re in serious
trouble and need assistance. Well, unless you’ve given someone an idea of your route and
when to expect your return then the chances for assistance
finding you quickly is less. That leads me to my next point. Don’t go without a planned route. This is important, having a planned route is great for exactly the safety
reasons I’ve just mentioned. It is also incredibly
helpful for you in terms of actually planning your ride. In terms of timing,
temperature, nutrition, bike setup and equipment. All of those decisions should be based on where you’re going and how long it will take. So, do your homework first. Make sure the route you’re taking is suitable and rewarding. Getting your plan wrong
at this early stage is gonna end in tears, oh no. Although, we won’t be able to see you cry because it would be dark and raining and you will
be on your own and scared. Don’t ride trails that are closed. This is obvious, really. If a trail is closed it’s not been done just to annoy you. The decision has probably been made by someone who really wants
to preserve that trail in the long term. Rather than allow you ride it now and be part of irreparable
damage that results in blocking all riders from using the trail at any time in the future, which would suck. There could also be safety reasons why the trail would be closed. Fallen trees or broken bridges. Who knows what it could be. The simple way to avoid
injury to you and to the trail is work with the people who
look out for the trails. So if it’s closed, go another way. I hate it when people do this one. Don’t ride with hard tires. Grip is gonna be the difference in having a great wind ride and an absolute shocker. So, this is the chance to
experiment with lower pressures. Maybe start reducing pressure
from 30 psi on each wheel. I run 23 in the front and 25 in the rear. There’s a video all about that subject in the description down below. It sounds like such a small detail but the difference a bit of grit makes is obvious from the first turn you take. You’ll actually know it’s
a huge difference in grip you have when you brake too. The front will dig in and
give you so much more control. The rear will anchor you on the trail. Play with that pressure and find your ideal wind tire pressures. Don’t forget to check out
that video if you’re unsure. Hello, hello. Don’t forget to use lights and make sure they’re charged. Lights are an obvious call
but so easily overlooked. It’s a product category
with some serious hitters and a huge amount of design
and development involved. Get a bright light and you’ve opened up a brand new form of riding bikes. Night riding is an incredible feeling and can be a big part of your wind riding. Of course, you have lights
for visibility, too. So, you can see, but
also others can see you. A mildly important fact,
don’t miss the chance to understand what an incredible
bike component they are as well for your visibility
and for riding in the night. Never ride in dark clothes.
Make sure you are visible. There are riders out there, Blake Samson who like to look cool when they ride. They love that stealth look, but it just doesn’t fly when
it comes to riding in wind. You need to be visible
for obvious reasons. If you have any road
work in your riding route then it goes without saying
that the easier it is for the other riders
to see you the better. On the trail it’s also important
for you to make yourself visible to anyone who, god
forbid, would need to find you for any negative reason. “But accidents do happen”, said Martin. And if the worst comes to pass then being easily spotted
on the trial is essential. Some tips on wind riding are things like using your momentum to
roll through sticky mud that can drain you of speed. So, try and look that little
bit further ahead on the trail and notice where you’re going and the need to hold that speed. If you’re caught in a
particular sloppy patch and that can happen. It’s quite long. Then make sure you keep
your pedals straight moving with high cadence. Driving that bike through the muck with a deliberate momentum. Once you lose speed, it’s hard to recover in the low-grip strength sapping stodge. Also, think about the changing the bikes set up to suit, perhaps
move from clip to flats if you want to add that added confidence in handling those difficult
riding conditions. Removing that worry of getting clipped out can really help. Once clips are the norm for you then this probably isn’t necessary. Don’t forget to have a great time. I mean that’s what it’s
all about to be honest. Riding in the wind amongst does add some extra riding elements to the mix. Not all of it easy to master, but the challenge you’ll
face will be well worth it. The reward is also going
the right way the reluctance you’ll have when going out
in that cold, wet, snowy, muddy old day. I promise. It will be much better than you think. Thanks for watching this video. I hope your wind riding goes well. Click on the old globe
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