I am constantly trying to improve my bIke skills. I study video of others as they ride … I follow better riders and try to mimic their moves. I keep an open mind … open to anything that might help.
While looking for mountain biking tips I came across this video that not just shows … but teaches mountain bike techniques. I have studied this video and have practiced (and continue to practice) the recommended bIke skills. Below I have provided a set of
notes I developed while studying this video.
- Keep your heels down and use your ankles to absorb small impacts.
- Keep your arms and legs slightly bent to absorb large impacts.
- Keep your head up to spot obstacles down the trail.
- Stay relaxed.
- Your arms and legs can absorb much more shock than can any bike suspension.
Goal – Gain maximum grip to allow higher speeds exiting turns:
- Lean your bike into the turn.
- Keep your body vertical.
- Keep your chest vertical.
- Keep your head up, view the exit of the turn.
- Keep the outside heel down and apply maximum pressure to the outside pedal.
- Push the outside knee into the bike frame.
- Keep your outside elbow high to steer bike.
- Enter the turn wide.
- Use the same techniques as above.
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 and get to work on those skills! Who knows, maybe someday I will see you on the trail and will be able to mimic your technique.