Mountain biking is an ideal activity for anyone desiring to improve their physical fitness. Biking along the variety of terrain encountered on the mountain trails provides a great aerobic workout. However, before embarking on a mountain biking journey, there are some tips that beginners need to know.
Basic Endurance and Fitness
Avid mountain biking enthusiasts recommend that beginners start by improving their physical fitness before tackling the trails. The advice is especially essential for anyone who has formerly been enjoying a sedentary lifestyle. Novice cyclists should allow for four to six weeks of training. Start by simply riding around town for one to two hours at a time. Try to ride three to four times each week. Once the body becomes accustomed to the activity, gradually lengthen the rids and increase the intensity. But, along with eating a healthy diet, cyclists must remember to bring a water bottle and a snack.
Taking turns or cornering is a skill that must be continually improved. Making tight turns while gliding fast require standing on the pedals to allow you to lean the bike in the direction of the turn. While cornering, the knobs on the outer side of the tires maintain the traction needed to complete the turn. If necessary, apply the brakes before the turn to prevent skidding and sliding. Allow your body to follow the turn.
Maneuvering Rough Terrain
Mountain trails often feature a number of obstacles that include bumps, rocks and tree roots. The majority of features are low and small enough to simply ride over. However, cyclists must stand on the pedals and slightly bend the ankles and knees. Avoid leaning forward and putting your body weight on the handlebars. Use your limbs as shock absorbers as you overcome the obstacles.
When encountering obstacles approximately the same height as the wheel hub, cyclists must use a front-wheel lift. The maneuver requires standing on the pedals and relaxing and bending the limbs slightly. The act comes in three moves that are known as “load, explode and lift.” Loading begins by pressing down on the handlebars with bent elbows. Then immediately straighten the arms. Again bend the arms and lift the front tire. Once the front tire clears the obstacle, the rear wheel automatically follows. Curbs are the ideal location for learning the skill.