8 Mistakes All New Mountain Bikers Make

8 Mistakes All New Mountain Bikers Make


– Mountain biking can
can be quite complicated, with lots of things to
learn when you start out. – Very much so, Neil. Even though when you become a pro, you still learn. – Do you think you need pedals? – Well that’s a silly question, yes, you do need pedals. – Yeah, you ready? – All right. (air swooshes) (rocks shake) Neil is right, I do need pedals. Can’t go riding without pedals. All right, I can’t remember this. What’s the right way for this? – [Neil] Oh, Blake, no, not like that. Wrong side. No, as soon as it’s done, we realized the mistake. And what a mistake, it’s a point of no return. As soon as it’s in, you’ve destroyed it. New crank arm set, new
pedals, new everything, so make sure you take your time in putting your pedals on the right way, so you don’t make this mistake. Well done, Blake. Yes, you’ve completed the challenge. You’ve put your pedals on the correct way, now it’s time to go find Neil. Oh, look at that. No, what a mistake to happen. – Oh no, that’s embarrassing. – Neil, back in a bit. – [Neil] Don’t forget to
do a bolt check all over, especially your stem, ’cause that’s the steering, man. It could go horribly wrong. Oh, in the car park, be super embarrassed. Bolt check, do it. – That’s better. That was embarrassing. Neil, coming. (upbeat music) It’s important to be in the right gear for the situation. It’s easy to forget when you get at the start of hill and find that you really
should be in an easier gear. This is the same if you’re
going down after a climb. Go to try a sprint, you realize you’re in a super low gear, you smash your knee into the stem. – When it comes to taking
advice from someone about a trail for the first time without you even riding down the trail, it’s called riding it blind. Make sure you take in all this information from the guide or from someone that actually knows the trail, because you might get yourself into a bit of a sticky situation. Basically what you do, is you’re going to pass the
fourth or fifth trail on the left. Turn left, and it goes into a
really steep, really fast bit. – Yeah.
– Cool, got it? – I got it, yeah.
– Awesome. – [Blake] Is there anything
else I should look out for? – That’s it.
– That’s it? Whoa. Oh, forgot. Left, right, left? Second, seven, five, six, three, nine? I’m going right. I can’t remember, oh no. – Where on earth is Blake? (Blake grunts) It’s so (yells). Neil! Idiot! Not moving around on the bike, or specifically, far enough
to the back of the bike. Now this can be caused by people on a really high saddle, and it actually been kind
of difficult and awkward, and don’t feel very
nice to get behind this. So in that case, if you
got to drop the post, just get it down. Or even if you just got to quickly
move saddle out of the way, get used to how far you
can go back on the bike. You need that for steep downhill sections, so your weight doesn’t go
forward towards the bar. However, some people go too far back, and we see this quite a lot in our fails and bail section. And people go so far back, they hit their derriere into the rear tire going off a drop off or jump. And boom, it’s like dropping an anchor or hitting that bad brake. If bike stops, weight goes forward, and some of the worst crashes we see. To stop this, what you really need to do is learn exactly how
much movement you’ve got. And you see a lot of the Downhill racers actually have sort of marks
on their trousers or shorts where they will drag their
bum on the back tire, but the idea is to
obviously not go too far and actually hit it and stop. So, yes, you do need all that space. But after awhile, you should learn where that rear tire is. And you will find all things like 29ers will come sooner than you
actually realize sometimes. When you stop, just pull
to the side of the trail. Don’t be selfish, you never know when another rider could fly around the
corner enjoying their ride. Stopping! What are you doing? Heel man, what are you doing? – [Blake] You clumsy. – [Neil] What are you yelling about? – [Blake] The brakes, they all are. – [Neil] No, why you were going slow? – [Blake] Idiot. – [Neil] What are you doing? (Blake breathes heavily) – I’m going to give him
what for when I get to him. Oh, you broke my bike! – Even the fastest, most
skilled, intelligent, ex-professional mountain bike riders don’t have the fastest reactions, so cover your brakes at all times. You never know when you might need them. There’s some mistakes, I
still make all of them. – I pretty much make them as well, Neil. – No, do you? – Don’t, you’ve made mistakes. – You make mistakes. – You make mistakes.
– You always make mistakes. – [Blake] Don’t, we’ve got
an argument, Neil, lets just. There’s a mistake. – (laughs) If you want to look like a pro, click up there for that video. – If you want to know
how to do some jumping without those mistakes, click over there. – Hit the subscribe button, thumbs. – Give us thumbs up like, see ya.