Even if you are brand new to mountain biking or cycling in general there’s no need to go out there and show yourself up like one. Maybe you’ve decided that mountain biking is your new passion. Maybe you’re just interested in doing some riding that isn’t boring as Hell like road biking is. Whatever your reasons, and whatever your motivations, there’s no need to embarrass yourself by doing things that more experienced riders think is daft.
But hey, look, we’ve all been there. Remember that. Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone at one time didn’t know how to ride a bike. Most of the advice in this article is given lightly and is borne as much out of my own meandering experience over the years as it is about anything ese. Some people such as myself are slow learners. That’s why I wish someone could have pointed out some of the tips below before I made a fool out of myself. So maybe, maybe some of these lessons will help you out, and maybe some wont.
And even if you’re an experienced rider now, perhaps some of this will remind you what it was like to be when you were starting out. Either way, take it easy on the beginners. They want to know how to ride just as well as you.
So how about we start with this one…
You don’t use your front brakes.
But you should. It’s actually the more important of the 2 brakes you have on your bike. Now, yes, you can in the wrong situation flip yourself over the handlebars if you full on use it at the wrong time or go full strength. But it also helps you keep control of your bike and drastically shorten braking distance. Learn to use it before you need it. Did you know, for example, that your front brake accounts for up to 90% of your downhill stopping power? The trick is to put your butt to the rear of the bike when you do it.
You have completely the wrong type of bike for what you’re doing…
It happens. You walk into the bike shop with a back pocket full of cash, and you want the best bike you can afford. Of course you do. We all do. But you need to buy the right bike for what it is you’re doing. Unless you intend to do only Downhill Mountain biking, then don’t buy a full suspension downhill bike. They’re heavy and not designed to be pedaled up hills. You will also look like a moron doing a cross country trail that goes mostly along, as opposed to down.