Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mountain Bike Skills

Me, airing off of a root. Photo: Summer.
At first, the thought of riding a bike off road may seem pretty much like a no-brainer.  Just push the pedals, and away you go, right? 

After the first time most of us tried to ride singletrack, we realized that there was a whole lot more to this whole mountain biking thing that meets the eye.  Just riding up a hill with some rocks and roots was a challenge, not to mention those crazies in the movies jumping 20 feet in the air!

Over the course of this series, I will attempt to shed light on some of the various skills required to become a capable mountain biker.  Some of these may be aimed at beginners just getting into the sport  of mountain biking, and some will be more advanced techniques that intermediates need to master.  By no means am I the best mountain biker out there, and I will be the first to say that I'm not a serious freerider who is doing big drops and jumps.  But after riding long and hard for 5 years and being tutored by some amazing riders, I have picked up a lot of tricks along the way, and am I very capable all-mountain type rider.

So read on if you want to become a better mountain biker:

    Your Turn:
     Has this series helped you grow your mountain biking skills in some way, or are you a more experienced biker with advice to share? I'd love to hear from both of you below!

    These skill posts will be published intermittently, and I will update this post with a link every time a new one comes out. 


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