Mountain Biking for Tips, Techniques & Etiquette : Learn Mountain Biking Basics

Mountain Biking for Tips, Techniques & Etiquette : Learn Mountain Biking Basics


Hey, this is Aaron Phillips with Expert Village.
Let’s talk about beginning mountain bikers and what you want to expect with this sport.
To put it simply I’d say expect it to be hard. I’ve been mountain biking for seventeen years
now and it kinda like Greg LeMans said about road cycling “It never gets any easier you
just go faster”. So, it’s always going to be hard it’s always going to be a challenge,
but it’s always going to be worth it. A lot of people get on their mountain bikes and
they jump into a ride that’s just too long and too big. They might go along with experienced
friends that are pushing them too hard, they might crash. Crashing by the way happens,
if your not crashing you’re really not learning. But, the uphills are always going to be difficult.
What mountain biking does physiologically, it requires you to take in a tremendous amount
of oxygen and use that oxygen immensely, immediately rather, to feed it to your working muscles.
And most bodies, all bodies in fact, really can’t keep up with that. You’re laboring up
that hill, you’re feeling like you’re going to die, just know that’s lactic acid talking
to you, it’s just gonna mess with you. Mountain biking invokes what’s called the anaerobic
system and what happens is, you body simply cannot take in oxygen and use it fast enough
for you to deliver oxygen to your working muscles and so they’re pretty much starving
for oxygen that’s why they’re asking you to stop and the way they ask you to stop is they
just burn. But, that’s just part of it, you get better and better at that, what happens
is the body gets better at getting lactic acid out of the muscles quicker, and quicker,
and quicker. But, after that first day of mountain biking, another thing to expect is
that you’re butt is going to be sore. Make sure you buy the right equipment. A bicycling
short like this, for example, made by the company “Fox” has an inner liner that features
a pad right where it needs to be and those padded shorts are going to help kind of emelurate
the problems you might have with your bum after a first day in the saddle. Trust me,
you do get used to that, there are these little bones that you’re sitting on, we call them
just “sit bones” and those babies really flare up on the first couple of rides. But, you
get kinda calloused up in there, you get some tissue built up that just will make that next
experience in the saddle more and more comfortable as you get more and more fit.