Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking
Let’s talk about something that seems simple, but requires knowledge of theory and constant practice, about mountain biking for beginners. It will be interesting for those who are tired of smooth roads and seek to conquer the ascents.
We can call it a natural evolution of a cyclist. When you ride a lot, you get bored, and you look for new sensations. However, the transition from road to off-road requires knowledge of mountain biking basics.
So we have prepared some mountain biking tips for beginners for you. After reading them, you will want to grab a vehicle and climb the nearest mountain. We hope you will succeed.
Getting Into Mountain Biking
A personal story about the rise. It has always been interesting for me to overcome the ascents. When I purchased my first mountain bike, I was a little disappointed that I was not using it properly, riding in the city more.
However, the day when I had the chance to ride in the direction of a nearby village full of beautiful hills with my friend, who already had experience in racing, came. There we could practice and feel the beauty of learning mountain biking in the native environment.
Immediately upon arrival, we began to assault the first slide, which was medium steep. My friend was very good at it. I failed all my attempts to conquer this seemingly not very steep slide. The rear wheel was slipping, the front wheel was pulling off the ground, and I lacked the pressure on the pedals so that after a while I was no longer able to spin. When I was finally exhausted, I stopped riding and walked on the slide carrying my bike. It was a real first-time mountain biking.
Of course, I was wondering how my friend managed to overcome this climb so skillfully, and he shared some secrets with me.
Mountain Biking Tips
The whole technique of overcoming the ascent is physical, which allows you to successfully distribute the bodyweight on the bike and continue to move forward to the top.
But before we talk about weight distribution, don’t forget that just before lifting, you have to choose the right gear, which would allow you not to slip (if you chose too low gear) and not to lose all your strength in the middle of the ascent (when you choose too high gear). You shouldn’t change gears when you’ve already started climbing a mountain, as you risk breaking your rear derailleur.
Let’s talk about the position that would be desirable for successful mountain climbing on your bike. For some reason, when we climb a mountain without a vehicle, we intuitively distribute our weight correctly, so we don’t stop in the middle of the climb. On a bike, we just need to adopt the principles we use to distribute our body weight when we run up a mountain.
When we run up a mountain, we tilt our body forwards, our arms work harder, our head is pressed against our neck more than usual, and our legs push off the ground harder. Almost all the leg muscles are involved: the load is placed on the calf muscles, as well as the ankle, which curves, provides successful lifting and hip muscles, adding power.
The same principles of weight distribution apply to mountain biking basics as well. If you pull up the handlebars too hard, it will cause the front wheel to come off the ground. As a result, you will stop, and the rest of the ascent will be on foot (although stopping on the ascent is not a reason to give up yet). And at the same time, if you choose a gear that is too low, you risk being slipped by the rear wheel, which will also cause you to lose energy and stop climbing.
There is another secret that helps to overcome the longest ascents with varying steepness. Some people want to conquer an ascent as quickly as possible, but when the hill is over or when they meet steeper areas, their strength no longer allows them to go further.
The secret is that you do not want to climb as fast as possible. Sometimes it is reasonable to ride the slide slowly. Then you can save the necessary strength. The main thing here, as you have already understood, is a constant pace, which you should stick to. You can always accelerate at the end of the ascent if you have the strength left.
And finally, a small psychological moment at the end of our guide to mountain biking: focus your gaze on your goal to make the ascent easier to overcome. If you look at the top and convince yourself that you will reach it soon, it will be so. But if you look only at the ground, it will not give you any additional impetus. Make overcoming the climb interesting, maintain the pace that you took, and then you will succeed.
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