Top 5 Beginner Body Position Mistakes | Mountain Biking 101

Top 5 Beginner Body Position Mistakes | Mountain Biking 101


– Right here are basic
beginner mistakes in posture when riding a bike out on the trail, we’ve all been there
and we’ve all done it. – Yeah it’s easy to get
into bad habits as well so here’s five really good
examples of what not to do, and how to improve your riding. So the obstacle we’re
looking at here on a trail is a set of woops, so
you might identify that as a set of double
jumps, two rolling lumps. Now something we quite
often see people doing and hear about is people riding
stuff like this sat down. Now whilst saddles are good
and suspension is comfortable in your bike, when your sat down you’re not in a defensive position, and this can actually be dangerous
as well as uncomfortable. So what you want to be doing
is stood up with your weight bearing on the peddles, if
your weight is on the peddles, that is the fulcrum of the bike, that’s where all the movement comes from. So at no point should you be
gripping the bars like this, holding it really tight, your upper body should
be nice and relaxed. All of your weight comes through the hip straight onto the peddles. – Right having your foot
one up and one foot down, just like this, is not
going to give you the correct balance out there on the trail. What you wanna do is have it, at quarter two and quarter
past, just like this, level cranks, gives you all that space, because if your foot is down, when it comes to a bit a
high ground just like that, you’re gunna catch your peddle and it’s gunna send you off balance and potentially send you
off the trail into a crash. So what you wanna do is have
level foot at just like this from the cranks, and in
your in the tact position and you’re ready to what’s
coming next on the trail. – So one of the things you
really wanna be doing when you’re out on the trail is being
nice and fluid and relaxed. So as soon as you stiff up, you’re actually going to find
you’re stabbing at the breaks, and your unnecessarily
having to peddle to get your speed back up again. Like early on, Blake rode
this section of trail, and he was actually fighting himself. He was so stiff on the bike
and he’s breaking so hard that I mean to be fair,
he looked pretty funny, It’s not really what you need to be doing, you can actually make sections
of the trail like this a lot easier to ride and a
lot less scary if you just flow, do everything less,
break less, peddle less, just enjoy that flow of the trail. – Right my dad always taught
me elbows out when riding your bike out there on the trail, because if you find
yourself with your elbows in just like this, it doesn’t
give you the stability when it comes to two
corners just like this one, you can’t react because
your elbows are digging into your chest, what you wanna
do is get your elbows out, and that gives you more
stability in the trail, makes ya more aggressive,
keeps you in control, plus it also looks way better. – So something else that
really improves your riding, is your posture of your legs on the bike, so I see a lot of riders
riding with their knees out. Now whilst you might think
it’s quite a strong stance, actually it’s not that good, doesn’t give you much stability. If you’re riding through a turn
and you got your knees out, you’re not doing anything with your legs. If you come-in through a turn like this, and you put your knees into the saddle or into the top two bit of
bike you can actually be quite dynamic with the
bike, and it’s really good at high speeds for
extra stability as well. – Nice ! Ending on a scare.
– Oh yeah. – Hell, so there are
basic, basic tips on how to get your posture correct on the bike and they’ll help you
keep your bike in control out there on the trail. – Absolutely, don’t forget
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