I am constantly trying to improve my mountain bike techniques. I study others as they perform skills … I follow better riders and try to mimic their moves. I keep an open mind … open to anything that might help.
While looking for tips to help bike riders I came across some videos that not just show … but teach mountain bike techniques. I have studied these videos and have practiced (and continue to practice) the recommended techniques. The following video teaches jumping skills. Below the video I have provided the notes I took while studying the video.
- Press your arms and legs down into the bike just prior to take off for maximum height and length.
- Keep you heels down.
- Let your body absorb the lift if you want to “squish the jump,” shortening the length and keeping the jump low.
In the Air
- Stay relaxed, this gives you balance.
- Look for your landing.
- Keep your wheels somewhat level.
- Keep heels down.
- Keep your heels down.
- Push your handle bars down if landing is on a downhill slope.
- Stay relaxed so your arms and legs can absorb impact of landing.
Knowing the proper techniques to practice is key … that’s why we study other riders, videos, and notes. Using proper techniques not only allows you to progress more quickly, but also allows for a higher degree of safety.
But bike skills are developed through practice. Start small and work your way up as your skills develop and your confidence grows.
So go get on that bike of yours and grow your skills. Who knows, maybe someday you will be jumping like Dave Sequist (the fellow pictured at the top of this post).