The best tips for mountain bike beginners!
You want to start mountain biking? We have compiled the most crucial information for beginners in this article. Here are some important tips you should know.
The right mountain bike
Before you get into the saddle, you need a suitable bike. But not all mountain bikes are the same. Do you know the difference between Racebikes, Tourers, All-Mountain and Enduro? What can the different bikes do and what not? With the type consultation you will find your personal favourite.
However, an all-rounder is recommended first. A mountain bike which you can ride comfortably in the terrain and mountainous but tamed landscapes.
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The right conditions
You finally bought your bike? Then put on your helmet and let’s go! The first thing to do is to work on your riding technique, but despite the fact that a normal bike might look similar to a mountain bike, the riding behaviour of the MTBs is completely different. Because of the terrain you have to react earlier and faster at the MTB. There is less room for manoeuvre for the driving technique.
Make sure your first tours are not too exhausting. You should always start a tour rested and with enough energy. Easy tours in the lowlands are a good training to start with and provide the opportunity to get used to your new mountain bike. Concerning your posture on the wheel: In the basic position, the centre of gravity is above the bottom bracket, the driver stands on the horizontal pedals with slightly angled legs and the arms are also only slightly angled. This allows you to react quickly in the event of obstacles.
Braking correctly is important because it can prevent dangerous falls. Downhill you should use both the front and rear wheel brakes. If only the rear brake is used, the rear wheel may break out and cause a fall. If the front brakes too much, an involuntary descent via the handlebar may occur. Downhill, the body’s centre of gravity should lie in the back.
When driving in curves, it is important that your sight anticipates the curve, which determines the direction of travel. By following the course of the curve with your eyes, you can correctly approach, pass through and extend. The curves are usually driven through standing, the weight on the bottom bracket.
With those tips you’re ready for your first mountain bike adventure. So put on your helmet and ride off to the mountains!
Source title image: unsplash/ Erik Ringsmuth
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