If you’re eager to learn how to mountain bike, you should take note of what I’m about to tell you. Many people try to get started in this sport, but give it up after one or two runs. Here we’ll go over some basic mountain biking tips that will help you remain safe, while having a more enjoyable biking experience.
Learn The Trail
Before you go biking down the trail at full-speed, you should take your time to learn what’s around every corner and how the terrain feels. One of the great things about mountain biking is the beautiful and serene atmosphere which surrounds you. Although, mixed in with this beautiful environment is obstacles which can make your trail treacherous at times.
If you need help learning the trail, simply hop off your bike and start walking. Don’t be ashamed of walking your way through the trail until you get to know it. This gives you a chance to identify dangerous rocks, ledges, downed trees and other possible threats.
Improper gear-shifting is a common mistake made by beginners when mountain biking. Once you learn the basic of gear-shifting, you’ll find that it’s easier to go up-hill, accelerate faster, have more control, and it takes some of the work load off you. It may take some time until you fully understand and get a feel for how the gears work on your mountain bike. Just remember to keep peddling while you’re shifting gears to allow for a smoother transition.
No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are, you should always wear a helmet when mountain biking. Spills will occur no matter how much you try and prevent it, and the only thing that’s going to protect your head when you fall is a helmet. In addition to a helmet, you should also consider wearing elbow and knee pads when you’re just starting off. Falling off your bike when you’re all padded up isn’t nearly as rough or painful.
Go Biking With Others
Mountain biking is a sport which can be done alone or with others. When you’re just learning the ropes of mountain biking, I recommend going with others to share the experience with. Not only will this allow you to have buddies around to chat with, but you can share tips and ask questions with one another. Think your bike isn’t riding or shifting gears properly and don’t know why? Ask one of your friends to take a look at it.