How to Ride Uphill In a Mountain Bike?

Mountain Biking is a great source pleasure and time pass for the bike enthusiasts. Well, the riders have to face both uphill and downhill in such a trip. Downhill ride is very entertaining where the uphill or climbing is a dreadful work. It is the step where you have to prove your highest possible strength and stamina as you are working against both the friction and gravity. If you know the proper tips and strategy, you can reduce the stress on your body while climbing or riding an uphill. Let’s have a look how to ride an uphill efficiently

How To Ride Uphill In A Mountain Bike?

3 Fundamental Equipment
If you want to ride and uphill without putting much pressure on your body, you should be equipped with the following three items:

  •  Adequate Physical Strength
  • Proper Gear Selection Skill
  •  Hill Climbing Strategy

If you are a bike enthusiast, it is expected that you have enough physical stamina to face such situation. If you lag behind, a few days of practice and workout may improve your situation. But the second and third skills will take some time and long practice to master. Let’s have a look at other important hardware items that is required for an efficient mountain bike ride.

Select The Proper Bike

Basically, there are two types of bikes: Road bikes and mountain bikes. There are a number of differences between these two kinds and you have to pick the appropriate mountain bike for you for such operation. If you make the wrong decision, it is near about impossible to ride the uphill.

The fundamental difference between road bikes and mountain bikes lays on their frame and tires. Mountain bikes have heavier frame and suspension to roll over any kind of surface where the light weight road bikes can roll on the smooth surface only. The wider tires of a mountain bike allow you sufficient traction to sustain the control, but the thin road bike tires will not provide you with that.

Gear Selection

Gear selection is the most important part of this ride because if you cannot select the appropriate gear, you cannot carry out the stress for a long time and will quit. You should imply the lower gears as soon as the road becomes inclined.

Hill Climbing Strategy
Convex Hills
Convex hills are steepest at the bottom and become shorter as soon as the rider approaches towards it. The main two components of riding such hills are speed and power. To climb a convex hill, you have to accelerate the speed by shifting down. Timing is important. If you shift to lower gears too early, you may get exhausted with frequent pedalling. If you are late, you may feel too much stress before even reaching the top.

Concave hills
Concave hills are steepest at the top and become taller as soon as the ride approaches towards the hill. As it is a different uphill, you need a different strategy than convex hills.
Two key strategies are required to climb a concave hill. The first one is keeping the speed steady. The second one is stand up on the pedal. You should approach the hill at a steady speed and continue the speed by shifting to lower gears. Standing on the pedals will allow you to imply some extra force in the pedal without putting much pressure as the whole body is already on it.

Pedal by your tow not by your heels. Thus, you can apply your both thy and calf muscles and distribute the stress. Be aware of the edges and stay at a safe distance.

Paula R. Buckland

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