7 Pump Track Mistakes & How To Avoid Them | Mountain Bike Skills

7 Pump Track Mistakes & How To Avoid Them | Mountain Bike Skills


– Pump track mistakes. I’m at this rad indoor
pump track at Fly Up 417 and it’s a pretty rad one. So I’m gonna show you a
few mistakes and how to eliminate them, so you
can start to learn how to use a pump track really
good and really fast. Here’s mistake number one. (thud and sloshing) – Alright, this is a super
common mistake that I see riders doing when on a
pump track and that is not using their legs to generate the pump. They’re kinda just using their arms, thinking that’s gonna do it. Take a look at his slow mo of me going through this straight. You can see my whole
body working together. My upper body and lower body. It’s the arms first,
then the legs will follow and then I’m pulsating. I’m generating power down
the downside of that roller. So it’s all about the
legs as well as the arms, working together, a bit like a piston. Two pistons, going up
and down, just like that. Pushing, pulling, push pull, push pull. It’s quite a demanding thing,
but you’ve just got to use those legs in that pump
track to generate your speed. Also, it is part of that technique. (mellow music) Bro, this next rule is to be honest, is everyone’s hate, and that’s
pedaling on a pump track. A pump track’s not all about pedaling. If you find yourself pedaling,
it’s because your technique is totally down the drain,
you don’t know how to use the pump, or those
rollers on that pump track to generate speed. If you find yourself pedaling,
and you’re trying to learn how to pump, on a pump track,
I suggest remove your chain, and it’ll eliminate you trying to pedal. So I hate pedaling. I can actually start this whole pump track and generate a hell of a lot
of speed just by rolling down this little hill here
and into the pump track and just using that pumping
motion to gain my speed. Just like this. Look, no pedaling. (upbeat music) No pedaling. You don’t need to pedal
to get a lot of speed, and that moves onto my next
one, and that is speed. It’s all well and good
gaining a lot of speed down a big straight just like this one, but happens when you come to a corner? All that power and speed
that you’ve gained there, kinda gets thrown away
because you don’t know how to navigate your way through
a turn just like this with all that speed, so
the best way to to do this is gradually build up your speed, build up on your confidence
on your speed through a straight like this, so when
you come to a corner like here, you can work on
that technique as well. So you can carry that speed,
what you’ve generated there, through the turn and then
down the next straight. So it’s all about working
slowly, not just going full hammer time, ’cause
that’s not going to work. (mellow music) Body position. This is key when it’s riding a pump track. Now, I’m going to point
out the wrong ones, and that’s too much weight over the front. So your head, is too far forward over the front of the wheel,
and all of your weight is on that front wheel. That’s not good when it comes
to riding the pump track. The other one is too
much weight on the back. So you’re leaning back too
much and when you’re riding rollers, you’re basically
gonna end up looping up, just like this. Likewise, if you’re on a front,
you’re just gonna be diving. You’re not gonna get that pop, that pump, on a pump track. The correct one, is that
aggressive body position. Your body weight is central to the bike, your knees are bent and your
elbows are bent and out, you don’t want to tuck your arms in, you want to be in attack
position and looking forward. And from there you can
shift your body weight front or back. (upbeat jazz music) Okay, line choice, this is
a big mistake that people kind of tend to do, and
it comes to in the berms. And when you’re entering
a berm it all depends on your speed. If you’re coming in really fast, you want to enter it at high. At a high point. But, if you want to make the
exit a high exit or a low exit, it all depends on your entry. So if you want to come with a low exit, you want to enter the
berm at the highest point as possible as you can. Also, likewise, if you want
to exit a berm quite high, it means you want to enter
the berm at a low point. So you’re entering a low
point and that’s gonna force you up to exit high. So when it comes to jumping
a gap out of a berm, just like this one where
you’ve got two rollers, but you can actually gap it, now line choice comes into play here, where you need to pick the
right line so you can exit this turn where it’s the most
poppiest part of the berm, so you can clear this with
a nice smooth transition. So, what I’m gonna do to
get this, is I’m gonna enter quite low, and that means
it’s gonna force me out at that top of the berm, at the end of it, which is gonna give me the most pop and I’m just gonna turn it,
and get into that roller. So if you wanna do this line choice is key when you want to exit a turn as well. Like coming out the top of
this, is not very comfortable, ’cause it’s gonna force you
into this wall of graffiti, whereas you wanna come
out of this berm quite low so you can aim straight down
the line of these rollers into the next turn. (mellow music) Let me demonstrate. On aggressively trying
to ride a pump track, you kind of go somewhere but nowhere. (mellow music) See, it doesn’t work. You miss out all the pump,
you mess up all your pumping skills, your rhythm,
you don’t have any flow, you’re tryin’ to fight
against the rollers. That roller is built
there for you to utilize, for you to gain more
momentum, more speed by using that pumping technique through a roller will generate more speed. The more relaxed you are, the
more you can find that flow. (mellow music) Ugh! Oh! Ah! Jumping everything is
alright, it’s pretty cool when you want to jump
everything on a pump track but if you’re casing
all the time like that, you’ll probably find that if
you want to gain more speed, rolling through that section
will be a way quicker way to gain more speed into the pump track, but if you do want to jump everything, you want to learn all these things, and that brings on to line
choice, which leads me on to the speed, which leads me
onto looking ahead, flow, and all that jazz. To make these sort of jumps doable. (mellow music) So there you go, there’s
a few common mistakes that people tend to do when
they’re riding a pump track. But if you’re still
struggling on how to use or how to maintain your
pump, and do the pump, click over here, Neil’s got a
great video on how to do that. Also, if you want to see
a pump track challenge, click over here and don’t
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