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Mountain Biking the Upstate Message Board › Tips for New Mountain Bikers

Tips for New Mountain Bikers

Group Organizer
Simpsonville, SC
Post #: 9
If you find any good Mountain Biking "Tips" or "How to" sites, please share them with others!

Here is one that I refer to often:

It has good information on Beginner Tips, Advanced Tips, and Maintenance
Julie H
user 20014741
Simpsonville, SC
Post #: 1
Good to read to prep for Paris Mtn Rides­
Group Organizer
Simpsonville, SC
Post #: 10
Good backyard drills to get started!

5 Easy tips you can do anywhere:
1) Ride circles and figure-8's everywhere you can, every time you get on your bike. Start on level ground, then move to sloped areas. Put something on the ground and move them closer and closer together as you get better with your figure-8's. Do them both ways.

2) Practice riding up and down curbs. Learn how to pull up on the front wheel to clear the object. Hop the back wheel over, or just rise out of the saddle and let the back wheel ride up.

3) Ride as slow as you can. Pedal and brake at the same time and see how slow you can go. Come to a stop and start pedaling again without touching your feet down. Try to stop and hold your balance longer and longer, every split second helps you. Pretty soon you will be able to "track stand" for a second or two!

4) Let your head and eyes lead your bike. Practice riding around and tell your bike where to go by leading with your head and your eyes. See how much this helps steer the bike. Golden rule - the bike goes where your eyes go!

5) Practice shifting both the rear and front derailleur. Pressure off the pedals but keep them spinning forward while shifting. Move to harder gears and practice pedaling out of the saddle. Then back to easier gears and practice spinning up a little hill with a smooth cadence. Practice shifting just as you reach a little hill. Do this over and over again until you can shift to the correct gear before you need it! Unlike road biking, Mtn Biking requires shifting very often.

Check out this video!
MTB Tips Back Yard Drills
Greenwood, SC
Post #: 13
I'm pretty much convinced I can't bunny hop.... at least not with a 29er
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