9 Ways To Improve Your Mountain Biking Skills

9 Ways To Improve Your Mountain Biking Skills


– Here’s some smart ways to take
your riding to the next level. Whether you’ve been doing it for years or you’re brand new to the
sport of mountain biking there’s something here to help you improve and progress your skills. Let’s take a look. The modern mountain bike is
an amazing piece of equipment. Millions of pounds have been spent developing these radical
bikes and this tip is about putting that
development to work for you. Now the tendency to stiffen
up when riding is easy to do. If you’re uncomfortable
or stressed about a line then you cramp up and hold tight feels like the safest thing to do. However, if you ride in a relaxed position let the bike move underneath you then, you gonna have more control and more importantly you’re
gonna be letting that bike do the work. I’ve seen this so much in other riders but I rarely recognise it in myself but of course, I’ve definitely done it. Looking at the wrong thing on the trail is always gonna end badly. So, pedalling along,
staring down at your gears means your attention is
not where it’s meant to be. Simply telling yourself to look ahead is a great mantra. The other common mistake is looking at thing you want to avoid instead of where you want to go. So don’t get distracted by
that gnarly log or that rock. Concentrate on the line on
the turn you want to nail. Your head will lead the way. It’s really easy to get carried away when you’re out on a ride battle with mates or
self-inflicted pressure based on what you think
other people expect of you well, it’s a route to bad decisions. You’re much better staying
within your limits. Having that attitude and
confidence to do that is really important. The moment you let other
people dictate your riding or worse, your ego take
over, well, danger awaits. Ride for you. It’s safer it’s more fun and you’re calling the shots. This can go either way really. Too many clothes is a common mistake but so is too little. The trick is to plan your
ride and to understand the weather that’s
predicted on your route. Now if you’re unsure, layers
is probably the way to go but make sure you’ve got
something to put them in because you might need to strip back. Now if we’ve got quantity sorted the next bit’s even more important: the clothing needs to be suitable. The helmet needs to fit. You cannot wear flip-flops. And if the weather looks
like that it could close in then something waterproof
is a probably a good idea. Now this is all common sense really but it sucks when you
get this decisions wrong. So plan your ride and think ahead. Riding conservatively at
times is not a bad thing but there are definitely
moments where speed or an attacking nature is gonna help get you through the trail with more flow and consistency than riding with caution. These elements tend to be
things like short, sharp climbs or rocky, rooty elements, steep turns. Keeping a really great rhythm and fast pedalling motion is gonna take you through
those elements on the trail and make you progress easier. Another thing people do
is they sit down too much. Now it might initially feel
like you’re saving energy but actually it’s stopping
you have that attacking nature we’re talking about. So if you sit down a lot on the trail or you’re resting too much don’t be surprised if the odd
rock or root slows you down. Don’t spend hours
fretting over the decision to take over a particular
line or jump on the trail. Just do the practise the
terrain or the skill requires. Taking small steps when that’s
all the next big jump hits is a small step in your progress that you took with confidence. If you don’t out in the time then you’re essentially
relying on basic assumptions and more worryingly, a large dose of luck and that is not good. Ever bonked out on a trail? – [Man] All the time Martin. – It’s not as rude as it sounds. In fact most riders have done
it at some point or another. This referring to that moment
where you got your nutrition or your hydration wrong. So basically, you run
out of fuel on your ride and you’re relying on
what’s stored in your body to get you home. Goes without saying
really, once it runs out you are knackered. So to cover that make sure you
take some gels out with you and some snacks and keep the nutrition
coming through your ride. Every bike, nearly every bike has got a water bottle on it. There’s no excuse not to have
water with you on your ride. So a few gulps every 10 to 15 minutes is gonna stop you from going boom. A helmet goes without saying doesn’t it? Amazingly though, there
are riders out there who still go out without a
helmet and if you do that you’re signing yourself
up to some serious danger. Also consider elbow and knee pads. They can make a huge difference
to your riding career so don’t be frightened of
spending some time and some money getting those items right. What about those padded shorts? Now see, a little bit of
protection on your backside is not only gonna insure comfort it’s gonna insure little
versions of yourself are running around in the future. So, it’s not all about crash protection the comfort side of things
is really important. In braking, not all things are equal. The front brake is
crucial out on the trail. If you think about what happens when you apply the front brake your weight moves forward and that means more
grip down on the ground and grip is crucial in braking. The rear wheel doesn’t have that so you get that skidding motion which actually doesn’t
slow you down that much. The steeper the trail
gets the more that happens and the more vital your
front brake control becomes. So really think about that front brake when you’re out on the trail use it wisely and use it well your stopping power will vastly increase. Thanks foe watching and I
really hope some of those tips improve your riding, if you
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