Ride Your MTB With Confidence! | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

Ride Your MTB With Confidence! | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking


– Right, we’re in the shed. No we’re not, we’re in Spain. – We are in Spain. – But this is Ask GMBN, we’re under the stars and it’s beautiful. – And the sun’s still shining. – Right, so let’s kick it off with a question from Douard Meterie; it says “Hey GMBN, I have
an issue with right turns, I’m afraid of falling when
I’m leaning to the right, but never on a left turn, how can I improve that? I’m right-handed if that helps.” I don’t think the hand has
anything to do with it. – No. – I think everyone has a preferred
way of cornering, do you? – I do, I like to go right. – Yeah, I like to go left, so
I ride my left foot forward. I think there’s a little bit to do with, if I’m going left it’s easier
to drop by back foot down to get a bit more weight over. – Yeah drop your outside foot. – But basically, just practise both ways. – Yeah. – Yeah, you will have one that
you feel more natural doing. Right, next question. A Wilkinson. “Is it okay to
go tubeless when doing jumps?” – Not necessarily, no. I ride tubes. – You probably don’t need
it quite so much, do you? – No you don’t, you don’t really need it. – I guess you’re riding your
tyres really hard as well. – I do, I run 80psi. – 80psi, are you mental? Right, Adam Hart. “GMBN, can I do dirt jumps on
a 26 inch cross country bike?” – 26 inch, yes, that’s the right size, but cross country bike, no, geometry, you’ve got a long stem. – Yeah. – It’s not gonna be strong enough for… – It’s gonna be lightweight
isn’t it, I suppose. – It is gonna be lightweight,
which is a good thing. – But if you case a
jump like I case a jump. – Yeah, you could break it. – Maybe. – Yeah. – Right, Sarah Bellotti, this
is a good question as well, “What is the difference
between a dirt jump bike, a slopestyle bike and a 4X bike?” – Wow, okay, dirt jump bike,
mainly just hard tails, slopestyle bike, preferably
they can run hard tails but it’s full suspension bikes. – Yeah. – And then 4X, that is a mixture of both. You can run hard tail,
you could run a full sus, but it’s all about set-up. – I guess 4X bike you’re
more likely to have gears, a front brake, a
suspension fork that works. – That works, that goes up and down. – Tyres like a dirt jump bike
is kind of like BMX tyres. – Yeah, like street tyres, yeah. – 4X bikes can have more Nobbys on. – Can have Nobbys on it for those corners. – And you should definitely
check out our video on how to choose a mountain bike and what mountain bike to choose. Mountain biking has evolved a lot over history of about 40 years. There’s all sorts of disciplines now that fall under that
mountain bike umbrella. So we thought it’d be a
good time to explain all the different types of bikes
and what their intended use is. (upbeat music) Right, next question
comes from Always2Morw, “GMBN, how old is too old to
start riding mountain bikes; I’m 50, I cycle to work
every day on my single speed but my family tell me I’m
having a midlife crisis.” – You’re never too old to start and don’t listen to them. – Don’t listen to them. – Don’t listen to them. – I’ve got plenty of
friends who are in their 50s and they ride mountain
bikes more than I do. – Exactly. My grandad still rides a bike. – So get on it. Don’t listen to them. Johnny F, “hey boys, I keep
going dead sailor on jumps, any tips?” – Ooh that’s a good one. It’s common. I would say relax, relax more. – Well dead sailor, if
anyone doesn’t know, is when you go, how would you describe it? You just go really stiff. – You get stiff and you’re
like (exasperated noise). – And you start going off one way or… – You start, you start, yeah… – So yeah, relax I guess is
a pretty good tip for that. Scootering T&C, we’ve got
a scooterer on the channel, “#ASKGMBN, I just started
mountain biking and I got a hard tail for Christmas, can you do a video on how to
set a sag on a hard tail?” Well with a hard tail I guess you’re talking about your suspension fork, cause you don’t have any
suspension on the rear obviously. – No. – And it would be the same,
so we have done a video on how to check your sag so
have a look at that one, I would set my fork the same as I would on a full suspension bike, basically. – Congratulations on the new bike though. – Nice. Flyboysnugs “I ride right foot forward”, another one of these questions, “always, is it beneficial to
learn to ride left foot forward as well, to even out muscle
development or skills?” – I would say not. – No. I don’t… – Everyone has a preferred foot forward and generally just try and
ride that foot forward. I have heard of people
trying to go the other way, for close corners, but I don’t know. – Yeah, I don’t think it’s
in any beneficial things about muscles… – We were talking about this before, so when you do 360 you
have a preferred way, and you go the other way as
well so you go both ways. – Yes. – You wouldn’t ever switch your foot. – No, but I do switch
my feet for tail whips, but that’s a whole different
question in itself. – We need to do a video on that maybe. (laughs) Okay, TH3M00nser, “my biggest problem I have when riding is my self-confidence level is really low, is there some way to
improve it drastically?” Drastically, probably not. – No. – Confidence is something
you build gradually. – Yes, practise. – I think the biggest one
for this is riding your bike. – Yeah, keep riding, keep in the saddle. – Try not to fall off, I know
that’s a stupid thing to say, but sort of, don’t make… I always say this, but
don’t make giant leaps and then come crashing down, try and do it just a bit
more gradually than that. And we have done a video on how to build your self-confidence,
so check that out. – Confidence is a weird one, you don’t know how you’re going to get it and you don’t know where
you’re gonna find it. It’s all about that mental game, it’s all about self-belief, believing that what you’re
doing you can manage. You can be out on the trails and you can really knock your confidence, so here’s a guide to some
dos and also some don’ts to build your confidence out on the bike. (fast-paced music) – Go now. – The quickfire round. (special effects gun shots) – Oh my God, right Harley Morgan, “GMBN, what is better, flats or clips?” – Flats. – Clips. (bickering) Lukas Hammargren, “where do you live?” – I live on the Isle of Wight. – I live in Shrewsbury
which is in Shropshire. Simple. Owen Mason, “can you use
pre-workout before a big ride?” Do you know what pre-workout is? – I just go on my bike and ride. – It’s like that crazy
bodybuilder supplement that makes your eyes go red
and you get all pumped up. – No. – I wouldn’t recommend it. No, don’t do that. RC+Karting Kid, “how do you
adjust non air-filled shocks?” – Depending on the shock really. – Well it means you’ve got a spring, so you can wind pre-load
on or off your spring or you have to change out your spring. So it’s not quite as easy
as air, but you can do it. Jake B, “hi, what disciplines
of biking does Blake do?” – Loads, but I prefer my
dirt jumping, slopestyle, freeride, and then downhill. – I’ve seen you pedal up a hill. – Cross country is on the list, but it’s like down on this one. – GKKAMAS123, “what is
better for steep downhills? Lower bottom bracket height
or steeper head angle? – You’ve raced. – Well, a lower bottom bracket
and slacker head angle, so you basically want to sit
further back behind the bike so that your fork is raked out
and that’ll make it better. Nice one. – Well done. – That was kind of quick. – That was quick, yeah. – Right, it’s time for
Correct Me If I’m Wrong. So, we check out your videos
and try and give you some tips. – Let’s see if we can correct them. – Jason Q sent this one in,
and he’s hitting a jump. It’s pretty big. – [Blake] It is pretty big, look at that. (winces) That looked a pretty big crash. – [Neil] Ah man, so, yeah,
definitely do it a bit better. Yeah, let’s take a look,
it’s a different angle. – [Blake] He went over
the bike, he like… – [Neil] That’s a pretty big crash. – [Blake] Undershot
and went over the bars. – [Neil] So, you need to go faster. – But if you went fast
with that sort of… You’re definitely going to
have an even bigger crash. – Yeah so, you see you pulled
a bit with your feet I think, that’s why the back
wheel came up higher than the front wheel so… – Causing the OTB. – OTB, I would say go a bit slower, well find a smaller jump
and work on technique before you take it
because that’s a big jump. – That is a big jump, that is a big jump. – But thanks for sending us a video. Pretty impressive. Keep sending them to [email protected] and we’ll check them out
and help you out if we can. That’s it for this week’s Ask GMBN. Keep leaving your questions
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