Every aspiring mountain biker and even the most experienced ones want to ride their bike like the wind. Like you, you want to ride to be fast yet smooth and fun. You want to go over and roll through the rocks, smoothly descend on the near vertical downhill areas and even climb up the hills. Your purpose might be getting the fame from being a pro cyclist, or simply because you want your ride without crashing.
It doesn’t matter what your ultimate goals for cycling are. In every skill you must acquire, you must first master the basics. There is no end to mastery – only which the more you practice the basics, the more your techniques will improve. Here are a couple of basic tips on how you can improve your mountain biking experience.
Maintain the bike
It can be a challenge to focus on the trail when you hear some strange noises that are coming from the bike. If this is the case, what it needs is basic maintenance and it all takes to do so is just a few minutes. This will save you from a very long walk or the worse of it all, a trip to the nearest emergency room. If you can’t fix your bike, you can still give it simple checking as this will give you a chance to bring the bike to the shop before you ride through the trail.
When you check your bike, make sure you go over everything. You must look for anything that looks worn out or out of the ordinary to you. Most common giveaways are the cracked or broken parts. It can also be parts you noticed not working right anymore. Keep in mind that minor problems can become big problems when you bring out your bike and ride on the trail.
Most of all make sure the mountain bike is the right fit for you. A mountain bike that is either too small or too big will be difficult to control.
Ride with riders better than yourself.
This will help you push yourself further beyond the limit that you’ve setup upon yourself. It will also help you learn the habits of other people that made them better riders, not to mention they have been engaging in this activity longer than you did. Every person that is aiming to become better always observe other people they deem are better than they are. They pick up habits and many other valuable skills that they can incorporate in their riding skills. In your case, you need to watch how they can handle rocky and rough situations. But that’s not all – watch over them how they maintain or fix their bike or flat tire.
These are all valuable skills you need to master, even if others may think it is just a minor task that anyone can do. Those that want to push themselves to the top will think otherwise – they will ask advice from someone they deem will help them get better with riding their bike.