Pick up your cycling game and get ready to take on the trails with these 5 MTB tips.
Tip #1 Keep relaxed
Being relaxed and flexible is essential on the MTB – always be ready to move back, forward and off the side of your saddle. Keep your arms and body loose, your bike is built to move over rough terrain, the looser you are on the bike the easier your bike will move beneath you.
Tip #2 Going over obstacles
Your bike follows where your eyes direct it to move, so keep your eyes fixed on where you want to go and not on your front tyre. Looking ahead also gives you more time to anticipate the obstacles, climbs or the descents coming.
Tip #3 Know your gears
As the terrain changes you should be changing your gears too. Anticipate these changes and shift before you need to. You should change your gear before the terrain change or obstacle not during it.
Tip #4 Cornering
Always break before the corner, and accelerate through it. Bikes go around corners better when you lean into them.
Tip #5 Climbing Hills
Always look at the hill before you approach it, anticipate the incline and drop down your gear to an easy level before you even get to the incline. Before you drop down your gear, ease off your pedals to decrease pressure on the chain. It is better to stay seated and spin up a hill than to stand and pedal hard. If the hill is very steep, lean forward and shift to the front of your seat.
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