5 Basic Skills You Need To Ride In A Bike Park | Mountain Bike Skills

5 Basic Skills You Need To Ride In A Bike Park | Mountain Bike Skills


– One of the best things
about riding in a bike park is seeing how much your riding
progresses, even in a day. However, you do need some
basic skills to master before you get to the park, and even when you’re here
you can build on them. So here are five of the
best skills that you need to ride in a bike park. (upbeat electronic music) Now in bike parks out west
you’re gonna see a lot of features like this
with big rock rollers. They can be very intimidating to ride, but there’s a lot of traction on them even when they’re dusty like this one. What you’re gonna think is,
slow in, control your speed before you roll over the edge, and then just let it flow. As you approach rock features like this you need to be in your attack position. All your body weight
should be on your hips driving through the bottom
bracket of the bike. Have you best foot forwards
and fit those heels. Upper body should be nice and relaxed and be controlling your
speed as you approach the rock feature. As you spot the rolling entrance
just slow down slightly, make sure you’ve spotted your exit, and then come off the
brakes and let it roll. (upbeat electronic music) The berm is the most
common feature you’ll find in any bike park around the world. What is a berm? Berm is simply an
abbreviation for banked turn. As you can see behind me it’s
just a nice rounded turn. It gives you a bit more support
and grip in the corners. The thing with berms, it’s
all about three main points. Controlling your speed on entry, looking at your entry point, and when you’re in the turn
spotting your exit point. That’s all there is to it. You don’t need to break in the turn. All this does is lose traction. (upbeat electronic music) One of the things you
see in all bike parks is a variety of ladder drops like these. In Whistler you get a
lot of areas like this where you can practise your
skills on smaller options before taking it out onto the trails and honing your skills on the bigger ones. So just like the smaller learner drops that we saw in the park, this is exactly the same
just on a different scale. And as with the learner drops
you don’t wanna go too fast and land too flat. The idea is to try and match
the transition of that landing. Same principal as rock rollers as well. Easy in, defensive riding position, control your braking, spot your landing, and keep your weight back. You don’t have to pull up. If you pull up you’re going too flat and you don’t wanna do that. It’s all about relaxing on that bike and keeping your position back. (upbeat electronic music) Learning to jump is something
everyone wants to do and the best place to do
that really is a bike park, because there’s so many different options. Things to look out for at Whistler, the little orange flags. That’s your telltale there’s
gonna be take-off coming up. Now as with anything,
you’ve gotta start small, start basic, a bit slower
as you’re coming in to just get the feel of the transition before you start moving
on to bigger jumps. Before you get carried away jumping the first thing you wanna do is actually get your bike set up to do that. Get that saddle out of the
way, slam it in the frame, whether that’s the good old-fashioned way with a quick-release or Alan key, or if it’s a dropper post. Nice and low, it’s not
gonna kick you out the back. Second option, if you’ve got a rear shock put on a few more clicks of rebound than you would normally run. The last thing you want is
if you preload into a jump and it ricochets you off funny. A little bit of rebound
can help control that and makes if feel a lot more comfortable. Luckily most of the trails
here are built in such a way that it’s quite intuitive
the speed you need to attack a jump like this. Really, it’s just rolling
speed coming into this. Any faster then you are
gonna get in a horrible kick you don’t want. Go in, stay nice and relaxed, again keep your body
weight through your legs. You don’t want to suck up the jump, you wanna just let the jump
just push you naturally off the ground. As you come off the takeoff,
you must try and level the bike out in the air and
ideally meet with the landing. (upbeat electronic music) You’ll often see stuff
like this in bike parks all around the world. It’s known as North Shore, and it takes its name from
the famous North Shore of Vancouver. Riding on the North Shore of Vancouver was made famous in the 90s by a bunch of free-riding
pioneers who used to build these sort of trails. Now the reason they’d
build these laddered slats is to cover gaps in the
ground, boggy sections, and even huge chasms. It wasn’t there to make
it fun to start with, it was to make a trail purposeful. But as you can see it’s
pretty fun stuff to ride and this style of riding
is a credit to bike parks all over the world. (Men on Bikes yelling) One of the things that freaks people out about North Shore riding
is the skinny like this. But let’s just take it back to riding on a concrete car park for a minute, and you think of how easy it is to ride in a dead-straight line. All this is is head games. Anyone can ride along a bone-straight piece of trail like this, it’s just elevated above the ground. With North Shore riding like
this you just gotta approach it calmly and spot your exit points. It’s that simple. Don’t forget to click in
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