Top Mountain Bike Newbie Mistakes

Top Mountain Bike Newbie Mistakes


– At one stage we’re all beginners and there’s a lot of common mistakes. – Yeah, so I think these are the top beginner mistakes and how to avoid doing them. (light music) – Hoho! Oh my gosh! It’s so steep. (laughing) – Yeah, don’t forget to lower your saddle when riding down steep sections. It’s much easier with a drop of post, and the push of a button you can get the seat down and out of the way. It’ll give you much more confidence being able to get behind the saddle. If you don’t have a drop-seat post, either take a tool with you or even better than that,
get a quick release, and just pop that saddle
down before you drop in. With your seat up, it’s really hard to get your hips back, which then means your centre of gravity is right down here by that front wheel, and that’s not very safe. So, dropping the saddle, getting your hips further back now means your centre
of gravity is actually back in the middle of the bike. (light music) – It’s not all about gear, but there is a few thing
that’ll help your ride be that little bit more comfortable. First of, we’ve got padded shorts. Overlooked, but it’ll
give you that little extra comfort on your ride. Next, shorts. After that, GMBN jersey for sure. After that we’ve got knee pads. Doesn’t matter which ones, as long as they give you protection. Next, shoes. Clips or flats. After that, gloves. Last but least, helmet. Then you need a bike. – Here you go. – And then you’re set. (bird calls) (bird calls) So all those items that I have mentioned are not essential, but there
is one very important one. And that is the helmet. I never leave my house
without a lid on my head. – Gettin’ the right footwear
is actually quite important. If you ride flats, they don’t have to be mountain bike specific shoes. Anything with a big, flat
sole is gonna give you a good amount of grip on the pedal. If you go for clips it’s really
important to get the right shoes and pedals for the sort
of riding you’re gonna do. And I would always recommend
going for quite a big pedal. You can see on this Crankbrothers Mallet E you’ve got a big cage on the outside, so you can actually feel that
on the bottom of my shoe. So it gives me that bit of extra grip. The really lightweight,
small, cross country pedals and carbon fibre sole shoes look great, they’re very light, but they
can be quite hard to clip in. And also, you’ve got zero grip
should you not be clipped in. (light music) Getting a few basics set up
while on your bike will make a big difference to how well it rides. So think about tyre pressures, cockpit set up, so your brake
levers and gear shifters, and also saddle height. Handily, we’ve done videos
on all of those subjects. – Although having a great
bike shop, rely on them to fix everything, no. Learn how to fix your own inner tubes. Do your own gear cable, fix your chain. Plus you get to know your bike a lot more. We’ve also done videos on all of that. (light music) – One really common mistake
is to not take enough food or water, so you’ve challenged yourself
to go for a big ride. If you don’t fuel it
properly, you’re gonna feel fatigued and you’re actually you’re not gonna be able to get this far. – Neil. – Blake. – Down here. I’ve run out of water. – Here you are mate.
– Have you got any snacks? Agh! Cheers mate. Have you got any water? I’ve run out. (Blake sputtering)
(Neil laughing) Ah, cheers mate. So there ares a few beginner
mistakes and how to avoid them. – Yeah, just a bit of a recap, always think about lowering
your saddle for steep downhills and getting the right gear
does make a big difference. – Yeah. Bike set up and
maintenance, do it yourself. It’s great. And. Food. – Don’t forget your water. – Oh, yes, water. – Click on the GMBN logo here to subscribe to channel. It’s totally free. And if you click down here, that’ll take you through
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