Tips And Tricks For Mountain Biking.

Mountain biking is a great source of entertainment for all sort of riders. It is not so easy to ride in the slope of a mountain if you do not know the basic and fundamental rules of this game. Well, today I am going to give you some important tips and tricks about mountain biking. If you can practice master these techniques, surely mountain bike ride will be more safes and sound and comfortable to you.

Increase Your Skills
Skills are the most important fact in a mountain bike ride. The basic skills of cycling are required in this sector, but in this case, the skills are a little bit upgraded. You need to know the proper implementation of gears, the exact moment to apply brakes, sitting position to obtain more balance, how to ride in downhill and uphill and manoeuvring process on different surfaces like sand, mud and creeks.  Start with these techniques; eventually, you can grab the other skills too.


Have Proper Equipment
You are going for a mountain trip, so no matter how expensive your road bike is, it won’t be applicable there. A mountain bike has some specific features that made it capable of rolling in the uneven trails of the mountain. Strong but light frame, gripping tires and shock-absorbing suspensions are present in the bikes.

You should have some other accessories like hand gloves, goggles, helmet, padded shorts and water bottle. These are the fundamental accessories. If you become more experienced, you can go for riding jersey and toolkit for unexpected flat.

Gear Combination
Usually, mountain bikes have 18-27 gears. As soon as you are climbing an uphill, shift to the smaller gears and change to the higher ones when you are crossing a flat or downhill. Practice different gear combination and get used to change it within a moment. Keep in mind, gear should be shifter before you start riding an uphill or downhill.

Controlled Braking
Always keep your two fingers on the brake levers, no matter what happened around you. Adjust the brake according to your comfort. The front brake is harder and should not apply hardly in a downhill; otherwise, it may end in a somersault. If you apply the rear brake only, the bike will skid and reduce the tire’s temper. That is why the combination of both brakes is very important.

Riding Techniques on Different Surfaces:

Loose Gravel Surface:
Transfer your weight to the front wheel, shift to the highest gear, alter the course by guiding rather than steering.
Muddy Surface:
If the surface is muddy and slippery, keep your weight on the rear wheel to allow your bike more traction. Continue smooth pedalling and do not try to alter the course frequently. Control your movement and remain steady.

There might be some rocks or pit. Keep your speed steady and eyes open to avoid obstacles.
Sand Surface
Keep your pace, stay in the relaxed mood. Your bike will move under you, and let it do it for a better balance. It is the toughest surface to ride. The above-mentioned tips are for only a short area on the road. If you have to cross a long area, there is a huge possibility to lose control. So try to carry the bike over it.

These are some very basic techniques of mountain bike riding. Start with a different gear combination and a synchronised braking system. Then try to apply these techniques in the flat or slightly inclined areas. If you feel comfortable and confident, then go for a harder route. Always keep your helmet and gloves on. Happy Cycling!

Paula R. Buckland

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