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Important lessons for all mountain bikers

This frightening video from adamwuk clearly demonstrates why it is vital that when mountain biking it is imperative to be in 100% control for 100% of the time.

Another example from bakewhore of why control on your MTB is essential.

Having viewed the above and should you be thinking of taking up this ever increasingly popular sport we thought it might be helpful if we gave you some guidelines. Thanks to www.thaimarathon.com for this useful advice.

Anyone who knows how to ride a bicycle can enjoy mountain biking. There are some dangers to mountain biking, when it is compared to the standard bike ride. It is for this reason that mastering the following beginner mountain bike skills is a necessity prior to taking off for your mountain bike excursion.

These skills can all be practiced by heading to any school, local park, around your house, or on a bike path. The key to the right location is if it has a steep hill for you to practice on.

The pedals are an important part of a mountain bike. You can practice getting a feel for the pedals by doing the following:

  • Release and Replace your foot while pedaling around;
  • Sit and spin for position with the following;
  • Adjust the seat height so that the leg is a minimum of 70% extended at the bottom of each pedal cycle;
    Bend arms slightly;
    Keep the body as relaxed as possible, a position should never occur that requires you to lock your elbows or knees.
  • Sit on the Mountain bike and pedal;
  • Practice shifting gears ;
  • Make sure you know the differences in gears on your bike;
  • Try a high gear-it is harder to pedal, but rides at a faster speed;
  • Try a low gear-easier to pedal, particularly useful while on hills;
  • Try shifting gear prior to reaching the hill – it is easier to overcome a shift before the hill than it is while on the hill;
  • Practice coasting and;
  • Practice this while standing on the pedals, not sitting on the bike seat;
  • Do not lock your knees;
  • Keep arms slightly bent;
  • Attempt coasting while shifting the body towards the rear of the mountain bike;
  • Practice pedaling while standing;
  • Try pedaling standing up in different ways, once you have become comfortable with standing on the pedals;
  • First pedal while standing in a high gear on flatter grounds;
  • Then pedal while standing in a low gear on hills;
  • Practice dropping down a curb;
  • Locate a curb in the area, using a moderate speed, practice coasting and standing off the curb to the lower level from the upper level;
  • Continue this at different speeds until you are comfortable with it and it is like second nature.

The above practicing techniques are important because they will give you the feel of the mountain bike trail, without having to be on one while you are training.

Basic stuff but important and the only thing we would add is that it is imperative to take your time in learning these skills – do not rush.

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