REI Trailheads: Is it your first time mountain biking?

REI Trailheads: Is it your first time mountain biking?


Too much? I’m gonna go change. Yeah good good call. This is Kelsi and Colin and we’re going mountain biking. Turbospoke? Cool. Hi you guys. I’m Kat Sweet with Sweet
Lines and I will be your mountain bike coach here with REI. Nice. Well this is our first time mountain biking. Very first… Have bikes changed it all since the 80s Kelsi? Ya, I haven’t ridden a bike in like 20 years. Oh boy I am in trouble today. So Kat. I been really hyping up this one move that I really want to try it’s called the endo. What is an endo? Its like a front wheelie. Hopefully you can expertly
tell me how to pull off the gnarliest endo like in the Pacific Northwest. All you have to do is grab a bunch of front brake with a little bit of speed and
you’ll go flying over that front of that bike and we call that endoing. Are you ok?! Thank goodness you have knee pads. I have a funny feeling you might
not want to endo. Ok some basics of mountain biking first one is looking
ahead not reading the tread or if you endo than its head in tread. One finger always covers the brake
levers one on each side. Which break do you use Kelsi the front or the back? Oh I don’t know I’ve just been using my left break. You want to use both brakes nice and evenly at the same time. If I use too much back brake I am going to skid. Too much front brake… Just say no to endo. What are like the basic
positions that you should be in on different parts of the trail? When the trails kind of mellow and chill and I’m standing up coasting we call that our
neutral position. You want to have evenly weighted feet with one foot in front of
the other. I’m standing in an athletic position on my bike
looking ahead. Then if the trails getting bumpier and gnarlier to sink down get
nice and low . There’s bike body separation forward
and back. So if I’m going down a really steep hill I got to get back a little
bit. This is awesome it really forces you to focus on what you’re doing.
What’s general is not my strength. If I am going up a steep hill we’re ready to go. When you are setting you like your seat height how does that play into it? So if I’m pedaling and I’m going
uphill I’ll raise my seat up. You’ll want to use your quick release
and raise your seat up for climbing. Then when I’m going downhill I like to lower my seat and get it out of the way so that I can maintain balance over the
bike easier and shift my weight back as needed. Just do that about twenty or
thirty times. Are you supposed to stand up when you’re like going uphill? If it’s a long climb I want to stay seated because otherwise you’ll get a bunch of lactic
build-up in your legs. So I have never really ridden on a trail so I
don’t really know like the etiquette. A couple things the rider going uphill usually has the right-of-way. So if I’m coming downhill I should slow down give them room to get by. They would have been so impressive the turbospoke. Ya if you had the turbo spoke on there those guys probably would’ve just turned around you’ve gone home. If you see a hiker on
the trail say “Hello” leave space for them to get by. You always want to stop when
you see a horse. Ditch the bike. Tuck and roll and get out of there. So are attire? Yeah guys look amazing you’re ready to shred. I am feeling more confident all of a sudden. Literally 200 times the amount of bike knowledge I had then before this. Ok, are you guys shreddy? Okay rolling! So Kelsi this is great.
Glad you switched out your spandex? I don’t know I was a little more
aerodynamic before. reporter nice horn calling We made! This is heavy. Lets go get a beer. I don’t know why we decided to
hold the bikes above our heads after riding them all day because there’s way
more epic.