Riding a Mountain Bike is perhaps not as intuitive as it seems. People think that it is easy to just hop on a mountain bike and pick up everything from scratch, which is true if you’re cycling up and down a cycle path. However, if you want to ride on a decent MTB trail, nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do you need to learn the fundamentals, you have to learn the tips that will fine-tune your game. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular tips that will help you perfect your mountain bike riding experience.
MTB Tip #1
The first major tip, and it applies to any sport really, is to get warmed up before going out on the trail. The idea is to do a stretching phase that lasts about 5 to 10 minutes with a stationary trainer or some manual stretching regime. Keep the rpms high and the resistance low if you’re on a stationary trainer. Just get the blood flowing. You should get a sweat going but not enough to cause you muscle fatigue. You should couple it with some deep breathing exercises and perfunctory rituals regarding stretching of each muscle in succession before even attempting to get on the bike and get going. If you can do all that, then you will great after you get on the bike and start riding it. You won’t feel all worn out, cranky, cramped, and stodgy when you get out on the trail. You should stretch for a good 20 minutes before even beginning to ride. Then you’ll be fine-tuned to get to work on the trail. It mind sound a right pain the the rear but you know it makes sense if you are planning to be out for most of the day.
MTB Tip #2
The second major mountain bike riding tip is to increase speed, something that all mountain bikers want, and the way to do that is not to use your brakes. This deceptively simple magic trick is something that most mountain bikers overlook, almost subconsciously. It doesn’t really matter how much you’re pedaling. The faster rider will always be using the brakes less. This can move you out of your comfort zone, but it’s worth it to get the speed you need. It’s hard to measure when you think you’re going too fast and to make yourself slow down. Never try this method out in the presence of other hikers, horsemen, or other bikers on the trail that you may run into. It is strictly a method to increase speed with the lone rider mentality of a speed demon on wheels.
MTB Tip #3
The third major mountain bike riding tip is to increase your speed vision. The faster your brain can process images, the faster it can make decisions more fine-tuned to the terrain, and get you faster from point A to point B. One way of helping with this is to ensure you take on sufficient fluids. The subconscious knows exactly what to do, but the conscious mind often warps it and stifles it from becoming the full powerhouse it could be. The best way to get around this is to wear glasses, contact lenses, or some other seeing device to make your vision better so that your mind will have greater awareness and less inhibition to naturally make the right moves.