Four Ways To Improve Your Mountain Biking, And Avoid Common Mistakes

Four Ways To Improve Your Mountain Biking, And Avoid Common Mistakes


– Well, there’s not necessarily a wrong way of riding a trail. Now you’re probably wondering what is this video all about? Well, there is a few tips in here that I’m gonna show you on that’s gonna improve your safety, and give you a little
bit more fun out there, and a bit more confidence. (upbeat music) Right, this is a super common one, and it’s riding blind. Everyone does it, I still
do it, I’m not gonna lie. And it’s pretty good because it’s pretty fun not knowing what’s coming up on the trail. Keeps you on your toes, but the best way if your confidence is a bit low, in a bit of trail that you don’t know is put your bike on the side of the trail, give it a little bit of a walk through as far as you’d like
down a section of trail just to make sure you’re
know what’s coming up. So you’re not gonna
get a big surprise when you take the next turn and there’s a big boulder field, or rock garden, or whatever’s there, or big drop. You just know what’s coming up. And it’s gonna be safer for you as well because you just know. (upbeat music) (laughing) That’s crazy. Now there’s two parts to running blind. And the second part is by
following a friend through a bit of trail that he or she is
very confident with and you haven’t and you’re running
it blind, but you can, by following them through and
looking at their line choice. You can get through a bit of
trail very safe and it’s still fun following your friend
through a bit of trail. (upbeat music) Right, Neil goes on about this quite a lot and this line choice, coming from a racing
background he can see the perfect lines through this
section of trail, the fastest line and the smoothest line
and safest line to get through. But we do talk about line choice
quote a lot on GMBN, but it is crucial because when you
come to a section like this bit of rocky really loose rocky descent. You want to get through it
quite safely, you want to have the smoothest way down and you
want to get through without damaging your bike or yourself. So, there’s two defined
lines I can see here in my eyes. There’s one rider’s left so this side. It’s definitely the way to go
where everyone is been going, it’s the smoothest one and
it’s to the side skipping out this bit of rocky section right
here, if you can see it, but then my line. I like to lily pad through. So touching as least rocks as possible. Because I don’t like rock gardens. (upbeat music) Right, cornering. I do tend to like ride of
trail really fast, then I come into a turn, and wow, that is not how to ride trail. Plus it destroys the trails, but sometimes you can’t help it and you’ve got to do it. But, when it comes to a flat turn, such like this one right here where the dirt is super compact. There’s like loose rocks
everywhere, it’s hard dirt. What you want to do is have a wide tyre. I’ve got a super wide tyre here. This is a 2.6. It’s a wide trail tyre. The stud pass on this is quite
aggressive, so it’s gonna dig through that top layer of
dirt to get as maximum grip in the flat turn, such like this one. But you’ve got to be
confident in your tyres. You’ve got to trust it. You’ve got to drive your
bike through the dirt to get the grip to get through and out. But the corner like this, you
can use such bank stuff like this so when you’re coming in
off this little descent you can use this little gully to
get your tyres to dig in and push through and out down the trail. Right, this next turn,
is a nasty little fella. It’s rough, there’s rocks
everywhere, it’s dusty, but then underneath the surface is bedrock. So all this dust and loose rock
has drifted all over it and it’s causing it to be super slippery. A bit like riding on ice. It’s horrible and slippery. What you don’t want to do is
have all your weight on the front wheel and when trying to
come through this section of trail ’cause it’s not going
to give you much grip on the rear and you tend to wash out
the front and you don’t want to have all of your weight
over the front and sending you over the bars. Also, you don’t want to have
your weight fully back on the bike because that’s not going
add any weight to the front wheel causing it to not have
much grip whilst you trying to turn in the corner. Tending you to go off trail. What you want to do is keep
your weight a little bit central but off central towards the
back so you get some grip on that rear wheel when braking and also you have enough weight on the front wheel to get
grip through the turn. What you’re going to find out
is that that front wheel is gonna lose grip and then find grip. Lose grip and find grip. But let the bike talk to
you and then react to it in a natural way. Right, another thing is, to add to it, is braking. You don’t want to grab a whole
handful of brake whilst in the turn because the nature
of this dirt is going to send your bike into a bit of a skid And you’re going to lose
control and shoo off the trail. (upbeat music) Right, this next one is body position. Having the correct body position
and posture on your bike whilst riding out there on the
trail, is definitely going to fill you with confidence. It’s definitely going to make
you a little more responsive when it comes to a bit of a
situation and you need to be ready on your bars and you know you’re comfortable and stuff. So, what you want to
do is have bent elbows. You want to keep your arms bent. Let the bike talk to you in the front. Have bent knees. Let the bike bounce up beneath you. Using your knees as suspension,
as well as your bike. Keeping looking ahead, don’t
look at your front wheel because whilst looking at your
front wheel, you don’t know what’s going to be coming up. There’s a little bit of a
rocky descent right here. And the perfect body position
for this is by leaning back. Keeping your arms bent. Don’t want to be locked out straight. Don’t want to lock out your
legs straight because that’s you’re not going to react properly. You’re not going to be
reacting quick enough, as well. So, whilst going in,
what you want to do is, body weight over the back wheel. Bent knees, bent elbows. Let the bike, Let the bike talk to you whilst
coming through this section it’s a bit rough down here. But having bent arms,
bent legs, it’s definitely gonna get you ready
those sticky situations. Today you got a few tips on how
to help you not do the wrong thing out there on the trail,
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