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Get Started Mountain Biking

The snow is melting and mountain bike season is here, get in the know and out on the trails.

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One of the most important parts of starting your mountain bike adventures is the bike itself. Check out your local bike shops and ask them for…

One of the most important parts of starting your mountain bike adventures is the bike itself. Check out your local bike shops and ask them for assistance in choosing a bike that fits you well. Mountain bikes should be sized to where you can sit down and pedal comfortably with your arms and legs almost fully extended. The frame should be small enough that you can hop off any time you need to. Your local shops can also help you choose a bike that is appropriate for your riding style and the terrain in your area.

Take the time to get to know your bike well and get comfortable riding it. Familiarize yourself with the suspension, shifting, and braking mechanisms, and practice pedaling while sitting, standing, and riding bumpy terrain. Make sure that you take your bike into your local shop at the beginning of each season, check your gears and tires pressures before each ride, and keep your bike clean of dirt and debris.

In addition to the bike itself, there are a few other pieces of gear you’ll need. The first and foremost is a helmet that fits well. It’s important…

In addition to the bike itself, there are a few other pieces of gear you’ll need. The first and foremost is a helmet that fits well. It’s important to protect your dome piece. Riding gloves and biking shorts will go a long way towards keeping you comfortable while riding rocky trails. Riders should always carry an extra tube as well as method of inflation, a small tool set of Allen keys and screwdrivers, sunglasses, snacks, cell phone, and plenty of water for the ride. Also, always make sure to ride with a first aid kit with Ace bandages, first aid tape, tweezers, and alcohol wipes, and know how to administer first aid on the trail.

Trail riding is fast, so always have control of you bike and adjust your speed to best match obstacles as you encounter them. Just like tree skiing,…

Trail riding is fast, so always have control of you bike and adjust your speed to best match obstacles as you encounter them. Just like tree skiing, your bike will go where you are looking, so try not to look at the obstacles you want to avoid. Stay seated on the bike when you can to ensure proper balance and control. When you’re standing to pedal or to descend, remember to keep your weight to the back to the bike. Be gentle with the front brake: it provides the majority of your stopping power, but it can easily toss you over the handlebars into a nasty tumble. Try to shift early, before you hit the climb or the decent. The less strain and pressure on your pedals, the better your bike will shift, helping you maintain you traction and momentum. Keep your head up and focus on the trail ahead of you. Make sure that you know where you are at all times and how to get back to the trailhead from where you are.

Want to get better faster? Ride with a buddy, especially when you’re riding new trails. Not only does riding with friends make the experience more…

Want to get better faster? Ride with a buddy, especially when you’re riding new trails. Not only does riding with friends make the experience more fun for everyone involved, but it also provides increased rider safety and encourages more rapid advances in skill. Try to go with fellow riders who are around your skill level and who you trust to ride safely. If you don’t know anyone who rides at your level, look around town for a mountain bike club or ask your local bike shops about joining in on shop rides.

Mountain bike trails vary greatly in length and difficulty, so make sure you start out on a trail that suits your skill level well. State parks and…

Mountain bike trails vary greatly in length and difficulty, so make sure you start out on a trail that suits your skill level well. State parks and wildlife areas are often filled with trails of varying difficulty and can provide excellent cross country riding. Many ski resorts open their lifts in the summer to service all-mountain and downhill trails, allowing for excellent descents without the climbing. Your local bike shop is the perfect place to get advice on trails and rides of any length and difficulty.

-Ride On Open Trails Only -Leave No Trace -Control Your Bicycle -Yield to Others -Never Scare Animals -Plan AheadFind out more about IMBA.

-Ride On Open Trails Only
-Leave No Trace
-Control Your Bicycle
-Yield to Others
-Never Scare Animals
-Plan Ahead

Find out more about IMBA.