Do you want to rip berms or roll a dirt track for the first time? Too scared to start it all over again?
These 7 tips will help you get more comfortable on the bike:
- Think positive - If you think you can ride the bridge, you’ll likely be looking ahead, staying athletic and balanced on your bike. That’s how you master a feature.
- Look ahead - You go where you look, so look where you want to go. And don’t just look with your eyes—your head, torso, hips and knees should all point where you’re headed.
- Be strong and flexible - When you’re riding technical terrain, stand on your pedals with a slight bend in your knees, waist, and elbows. It’s an athletic stance that helps absorb bumps in the trail.
- Weight and unweight - Sometimes you’ll have to weigh one wheel at a time. Other times it’ll happen simultaneously. In either case, compressing and releasing, plus creating and managing pressure, will make your riding more dynamic and fluid.
- Use both breaks - Use your brakes like dimmers not light switches—feather them, don’t slam them.
- Ride the right bike - Know where and how you ride, and where and how you want to ride in the future. Find a bike that fits your style and the land where you would want to bike.
- Progression is the king -It’s tempting to take a huge leap in one day, but you’ll go further by taking small steps. So keep progressing slowly.
Now that you’re all set to bike, know which places you’ll enjoy it the most.