Best Ways To Tackle A Technical Part Of A Trail 

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How To Ride Technical Mountain Bike Trails

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Mountain bike trails have become more technical over the years. Technical advancements have enabled the rider to take advantage of more responsive breaks, a more durable frame, an effective suspension and more hardwearing tires. 

Riders themselves have picked up new techniques and ideas from other sports such as snowboarding, BMX and motocross allowing them to push themselves and the trail to the limit.

The ridiculous drops, ladders and climbs may seem impossible to begin with. However, before too long they will become a walk in the park. Will Longden and Oil Beckingsale have given their top tips on tackling the trail.

 

Rocks

 

Tackling the local mountain bike trail may seem like a perfect idea until you come face to face with a rocky section on the trail. It can be scary and an entry level mountain biker may think they will go over the handlebars.  If the rider learns how to ride them correctly, they can become the rider’s favourite part of the trail.

In addition, to the riding position, the rider should be thinking about picking a line through the technical trail.

The rider’s eyes should be fixed on the riding line. A common mistake by entry level mountain bikers is to focus on the front tire too much. Having a good riding position on the mountain bike will allow the rider to be more confident while tackling the technical part of the trail.

 

Momentum

 

More experienced mountain bikers use the momentum of the mountain bike to get through trick technical parts of the trail. A mountain bike is designed for tackling tough terrain.

The best thing a rider can do is loosen of the mountain bike and allow it to absorb the bumps of the terrain.  Choosing the cleanest line will allow the rider to move more easily through the technical terrain.

 

Braking

 

All good mountain bikers spend a little time practising how their mountain bike brakes react at different speeds, terrain and weather conditions. Braking distances are different in wet conditions. All braking should be done before the turn or obstacle. Braking should be done smoothly to make sure the brakes don’t lock up.  To continue our article on How to ride technical mountain bike trails we will now look at the essential’s checklist.

Mountain Biking Trail Etiquette

 

All more experienced mountain bikers wise they had been told of the some of the most common mistakes of entry level mountain bikers while starting out on the trail. Here are some tips for entry level mountain bikers when using the trail.

 

Stopping in the middle of the start or the finish line.

 

Getting psyched up at the start of the trail or celebrating an amazing part of the trail. A common mistake by entry level mountain bikers is to stop in the middle of the trail at the beginning of the trail or at the end.

Mountain bike trails can be dangerous if other trail users are standing about on the trail. No one wants a trip to the local hospital. 

Furthermore, no rider wants to be flying around the corner to see someone fixing a puncture. Move to the side. It’s a lot safer.

 

Wrong Way

 

The majority of trail centre have one-way systems. Allowing the rider to feel safe in tackling the trail at their own pace, without worrying if they are going to crash in to someone.

Look out for one-way signs. Downhill trails have push back tracks so riders can safely get back up to the top. 

Riders should not try and push up the downhill trail. No one wants a tire in their face.  Next, in our article on How to ride technical mountain bike trails, we will look at using the trails with other people.

 

 

Other Riders

 

Slow Riders

 

All riders will come across riders tackling the trail much more than slower themselves. How the rider reacts will say a lot about themselves and their character.

All mountain bikers where beginners at some point. It can be quite scary having someone riding right behind you. Try and not get to close and give them a friendly wave that you would like to pass.

Allow them to pull over to the side and say thank you when they allow you to go by. On the other hand. All mountain bike riders will come across riders that are faster. Slow down and let them past. Leave a safe distance and pull to the side.

 

Thank You!

 

Not saying thank you when a rider lets you past can seem rude. Being polite on the trail will make trail feel more safer and a friendly place. Check out the a common mountain biking questions.

 

Littering

 

There is no magical litter picker out on the trail. The snack bar wrapper, water bottle or inner tube will take around 400 years to decompose. Take your rubbish back home.

 

Skipping Corners

 

Mountain bike enthusiasts have spent hours crafting the trail to perfection. Sculpting the corners, the inclines and the drops.  Cutting the corner will damage the trail and the woodland.

It may save the rider a few seconds off their best time. However, they will know they have cheated.  We will now look at some ways more experienced rider tackle the trail in our article on How to ride technical mountain bike trails. Read about the top trails in Wales.

 

 

 

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Improving Your Mountain Bike Trails

 

To ride technical mountain bike trails successfully a mountain biker needs more than a high degree of fitness and speed. The rider must possess some degree of technical and handling skills. 

Maintaining speed through tricky technical sections, navigating roots and rocks is all part of off-road biking.  Here are some techniques that all more experienced mountain bikers have fine-tuned.  

 

Bike Set Up

 

MTB Technology has evolved massively in the last decade. There are dropper seat posts, adaptable suspension, tire offering, trail geometry and bikes that are designed specifically for the rider. Take advantage of them.  When a rider is equipped with a specially designed bike that can handle a variety of terrain then they will feel more confident and be able to reach their fully potential on the technical part of the trail.

 

Riding Partners

 

If a mountain biking enthusiast wants to improve their riding skills. Ridding with more experienced riders is one of the best ways. Learning how they prepare for the technical part of the trail, how they position their body and execute the section.

A less experienced mountain biker should not be intimidated by trying new parts of the trail or riding with more experience riders. Everyone had to start everywhere.  

Having a good group of mountain bike buddies is one of the best ways of becoming a better rider. There are mountain bike groups in the majority of areas. Check out this website for a list of mountain bike clubs in your local area

 

Tricky Part of the Trail

 

A common mistake by less experienced mountain bikers is that the give up to easily. If a rider comes across a tricky part of the trail. A corner, set of rocks or roots, a decline or a descent. Its vital that the rider doesn’t give up. But keeps on trying to master it.

There is no other feeling than when conquer a trickly part of the trail.  It’s the only ways of becoming a better rider and riding out of someone’s comfort zone.  Read about the pros and cons of mountain bikes.

 

Climbs

 

When thinking about tackling tricky parts of a trail it’s a common mistake to forget about climbs. An accomplished mountain bike rider will take their time practising and honing their climbing technique.  

Body positioning, pedalling strokes and using the correct gear all have a massive impact on climbing up a hill efficiently.

 Having a neutral body position, a powerful but smooth stroke will help the rider get up the hill much easier.  Our article on How to ride technical mountain bike trails will now look at how perfecting climbs can help a rider improve their mountain biking skills

 

 

Time in the Saddle

 

All mountain bikers spend a significant amount of time in the saddle. Whether that’s shifting your weight from descents or lifting. Its important that the rider feels comfortable on the saddle and can learning how to position their body correctly. 

Being able to transfer weight to the pedals; but stay light on the handlebars.  The smoother and more efficient a rider can move out of the saddle will help them tackle technical parts of the trail.  Keeping the pedal stroke fluid as the terrain changes will help the rider.

 

Comfortable in the Air

 

Mountain biking off road often include drops, ledges and jumps that take the tires of the ground.  A rider doesn’t have to be totally comfortable flying through the air. However, they should start to feel comfortable in handling the bike through smaller air technical.

The rider should start small and build themselves up.  Work on lifting the front tire and transferring the speed to the landing.  We hope you have enjoyed our article on how to ride technical mountain bike trails and found it helpful and informative. Please support our website by sharing the article on your social media.

 

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