Tips and Hints

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Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

If you have never tried mountain biking before, you will be surprised how often you spend your time walking instead of riding. There are many obstacles that a biker will come across and the best way to deal with them is to dismount and walk your bike through them. These things can include steep grades (uphill or down), tree roots, rocks, boulders, stream crossing, holes in the ground, and so on. If you are ever unsure of your ability at any time, dismount and walk. This can save you from injuring yourself or someone else.

Get to know your bike before heading out. Learn how and when to shift gears. This will make it easier for when it comes to climbing hills.

Adjust the height of your seat to your body. When adjusted properly you should have a slight bend in one knee while your other leg is fully extended on the lower of the two pedals.

Don't squeeze your handlebars to death. This can lead to discomfort in your shoulders, arms, hands and upper back. Gripping the handlebars loosely while keeping a slight bend in your elbows will keep your journey more enjoyable.

Learn how to read the trail that's ahead of you. Look out for things that can take you by surprise such as ruts and rocks. This will help preventing any nasty falls.

It's not a race! It's better to stay at a speed that you are comfortable with and in control of your bike. Remember you're out there to have fun.