Mountain bike riding skills

Mountain bikes are currently one of the most popular types of bicycle riding, because mountain bikes can adapt well to a variety of location environments, and riding in the suburbs and mountain forests can bring riders a relaxed and happy mood.

    For mountain carbon bikes, climbing and jungle shuttles are very common riding environments. However, if you don’t have certain technical experience in this environment, riding in this environment is still difficult. Let’s talk about it below.

    It is very common for mountain bikes to climb uphills of 30 degrees, which is only limited by the gripping ability of the tires; there can be many times, because the riders have improper posture when riding uphill, or because of technical problems, What an embarrassing thing that caused the failure of riding uphill and became a "bike party".

Uphill skills:

    First of all, the rider must adjust the riding posture. Only with the right riding posture can it be easier to climb uphill.

    When the slope becomes steeper, tuck your abdomen and make a certain angle between the upper and lower arms. Bend your elbows down, and sit with your arms closer to the front of the seat cushion. This position makes it easier to pedal and also helps balance.

    Try to keep your upper body from exerting as much effort as possible, and avoid pulling the handle during the exertion. When climbing a hill, your best posture should be so that your arms do not need to be exerted, and you can even use your fingertips to manipulate the direction, looking 3-5 meters in front of the front wheels.

  Starting on a steep uphill, everyone should often find it difficult to get on the bike in the middle of the steep slope, so learn how to start riding in such a situation.

    You can stand in front of the seat cushion or sit on it, but the angle of the body must remain upright.

    When climbing a steep slope, the closer your center of gravity is to the tire, the less the tire’s grip will be. Therefore, your chest should be close to the handle when climbing a steep slope.

Therefore, if you have mastered certain riding skills, you will be able to deal with it easily, whether it is uphill or any other environment;

    Of course, practice makes perfect, and the location environment is not terrible. As long as you practice more and face it correctly, you will definitely be able to overcome the uphill.

Body Position 

Perhaps the efficient method to successful mountain biking is your body posture. Mountain avenue surfaces include rocks, roots, ruts, mud, and some soil. The variable terrain and the potential problems are all partition of the fun but can be anxiety for beginners.

Being in the right body posture helps you to get through tricky sections of the routine.

There are two primary body positions: ready and netural.


Neutral Position

When you’re riding non-technical sections of trail, you want to be in a neutral position on the bike. This keeps you rolling efficiently and conveniently when allowing you to easily transition into the ready position for harder terrain. The neutral position includes: 

Level pedals that are evenly weighted

A slight bend in the knees and elbows

Index fingers on the brake levers 100% of the time (rim brakes often require 2 fingers)

look ahead about 15-20 ft to identify that there is no danger around you.


Ready Position

When the racing track gets rockier or steeper, it’s time to move into the ready position (sometimes it named the attack position). The ready position gets you mentally and physically prepared to take on technical sections of trail. The ready position includes:

Level pedals that are evenly weighted

A deep bend in the knees and elbows (think of making chicken wings with your arms with a 90-degree bend.)

Rear end off the seat and hips shifted back

Your back is getting flat and almost nearly parallel towards the ground

Index fingers on the brake levers 100% of the time (rim brakes often require 2 fingers)


Picking a Line

A beginner's mistake is looking at spots you want to avoid rather than focusing on where you want to go. Pick a path and stick to it to get over and around tricky sections of trail.

What hazards should you look for? That depends on your skill level. Generally, look for loose rocks, deep sand, water, wet roots, logs and other cyclists, hikers, and animals.

To find your line: look ahead about 15-20 ft to identify that there is no danger around you. Then, move your eyes back toward your tire. Doing this up-and-back action allows your eyes to take in lots of information. Knowing hazards ahead of time can help you adjust your balance and pick a line around them.



Braking seems simple: you squeeze the levers and the bike slows down. That is the gist of it, but learning more about how to brake goes a long way in making you more comfortable and secure on the bike.


How to Brake

Braking should be consistent and controlled. Most of your braking power comes from your front brake, but grabbing a handful of front brake will send you over the bars. Instead, lightly apply the brakes, and do so evenly on the front and back brakes. Avoid sudden, fast squeezes to help prevent skidding.

Instead, lightly use the brakes, and do the posture evenly on the front and back brakes. Avoid fast and sudden squeezes to help prevent skidding. While braking, brace yourself by moving your hips back, while you putting your heels down, and keeping a slight bend on your knees and elbows. This body position helps you stay in control and from getting too far forward on the bike.

If your mountain bike has disc brakes, keep the index finger of each hand on the brake levers and your other three fingers on the handlebar grips. When you are riding it provides you with efficient braking. If you have rim brakes, try to put two fingers on the brake levers before they typically require more brake force to get the brakes engaged.


When to Brake

When approaching a turn, brake before you hit the turn, and then let your momentum carry you through. This allows you to focus on your technique through the turn and exit the turn with speed.

Momentum can also be your friend when getting up and over obstacles in the trail. Beginner riders often slow way down when approaching obstacles. Controlled momentum can help you get through these tricky sections of trail.

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