Mountain biking really require some different skills in comparison with road cycling. But you don’t need to go mountain biking on mountains. Just about any off-pavement riding will bring you great exercise, fresh air, the exhilaration of scenic views and long downhill stretches if hills or mountains are present. This article provides basic tips for you to get started.
Braking seems to be very simple: the bike slows down when you squeeze the levers. Learning about how to brake can make you more secure and comfortable on the bike although that is the gist of it.
Time to Brake
When approaching obstacles MB beginner riders usually slow way down. During over obstacles in the trail, getting up momentum can also be your friend.
Brake before you hit the turn when approaching a turn, and then your momentum will carry you through. You can get through these tricky sections of trail by controlling momentum. This allows you to exit the turn with speed and focus on your technique through the turn.
Learn to Brake
Braking should be controlled and consistent. Grabbing a handful of front brake can send you over the bars although most of your braking power derives from your front brake. You should so evenly do on the front and back brakes when lightly applying the brakes. Prevent skidding by avoiding fast and sudden squeezes.
Keep your three fingers of each hand on the handlebar grips while the index finger on the brake levers If you have disc brakes. This gives you control and sufficient braking power while riding. Put two fingers on the brake levers to engage the brakes and typically require more force since they if your mountain bike has rim brakes.
Dropping your heels down, moving your hips back and keeping a slight bend in your elbows and knees to brace yourself while braking. This body position prevents you from getting too far forward on the bike and helps you stay in control.