Five Essential Skills To Master On Your Mountain Bike

Five Essential Skills To Master On Your Mountain Bike


This is our guide to five skills every
mountain biker should master. ♪ [music] ♪ The best part about all of these skills is
that you can actually do them anywhere no matter your skill ability,
you’ve got no excuse. And the first one I’m going to
kick off with is a track stand. It’s just about balancing on your bike,
you can cordon off a small area, you can practice it and really
just move the bike around backwards and forward to find that
balance point. Just take a bit of practice to get good at it. Then you can actually
start to do things like take a hand off. You can just chill a little bit
like that on both wheels, move the wheel and just follow it. Just counteract where the weight is
going and really get a good balance point. If you get really good,
you can battle with your friends, and try and push them off
when you’re all track standing together. Top tips for holding your track stand a little bit longer are using your front
wheel and just rotating it backwards and forwards, brakes on and off and also
pedaling backwards. Of course, no lesson could be complete
without including the wheelie. The wheelie is all about
lifting your front wheel up and coasting on the back wheel,
just using the pedals to keep your front wheel up. The
longer that you can actually start to wheelie, the cooler you’re going to look.
And you have to take that onto the trails, pedaling out of corners. Once you get
really good you can just manual. Top tips to keep your wheelie going for a
little bit longer are just to really keep your weight over the back wheel, practice
feathering that brake and get into a gear that you’re comfortable with,
that’s not too low, but not too high. Something that I get asked a lot about
on the channel is bunny hopping and bunny hopping is, of course, an essential
technique to go up mountain biking. It’s one of the hardest things to really
master, get the high, and a lot of people really struggle with
it. It’s all about getting that weight back using the hips to really shift
forward. And it’s actually not any easier on a full suspension than a
hardtail bike. For example, if you do take a trials ride, and they’re
on a fully rigid bike, and they’re the ones who can actually hop the highest.
It’s all about that body movement and techniques. So keep practicing it,
really drive those hips back, forward and make sure you’re
lifting that front wheel with that rear wheel as well. This next one is all about
just leaning your body weight over, shifting those hips and
getting comfortable with leaning the bike over. You can really take this technique
and you apply it to trails straight away. Once you’re starting to get comfortable
with these at a slower pace, you can really pick up the pace.
Really be aggressive with the bike, push it from one corner into the next,
and just find the edge of the grip. Then there’s also one trick that is really impressive out on the trails,or if
you’re just in a carpark with your mates. Use it on the trails if there’s a really
tight switch back and you just need to hop the back wheel around. You can pick that
back wheel up just by using a little bit of front brake. Careful though, you
don’t want to use too much front brake, otherwise you go straight over those bars.
And it’s all about just shifting your weight forward with your hips again,
but just not too much, otherwise you will be out the front door. So there you go. There are five different
skills that every mountain biker should master. What’s the one that
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