Saturday, October 16, 2010

Become a Better Climber on Your Mountain Bike

My Guest Post
Hey guys, In case you didn't notice the update on the Greg Rides Trails Facebook Page, I recently got a guest blog post published on one of the biggest mountain bike blogs on the internet: mountain.bike198.com!

In it, I share 7 Tactics for Tackling that Next Steep Hill. These tactics don't really address the mental state that you have to assume to be a competent climber, but rather focus on the tangible, technical skills necessary for defeating those nasty-steep hills. 

The specific tactics covered are:
  1. Don't wait to shift.
  2. Shift all the way down.
  3. Choose the right line
  4. Keep your butt in the saddle.
  5. Maintain a smooth, circular pedal stroke.
  6. Remember to breathe, and keep loose.
  7. "Row the boat."
"Rowing the boat" is the main point of the article, and I dive into a detailed description of how to do it in order to maintain rear wheel traction.

If you want learn how to become a better climber on a mountain bike,
click here and read my article!

Mountain Bike Skills
Catch up on the rest of the mountain bike skill series here.  More skill-related posts are in the works! 

2 comments:

Bubbs October 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

I found this article very interesting and I am sure that I will be referencing it in the future! The techniques discussed are essential to building refined climbing skills.

As I mentioned elsewhere, I read this post about a week ago - not knowing you guest authored it - And found it to be very well written and composed! The summary at the end is very helpful as well to retain the shared knowledge.

-AJ

Greg October 16, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

Hey dude, thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad it was informative... that was my goal!

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