Mountain biking is great recreational activity that is a favorite past time of most individuals. Mountain biking usually involves having to climb steep slopes and going downhill and in some instances it can pose risks to riders. To avoid getting involved in accidents that often result from misguided moves or due to faulty bikes it is imperative for all mountain bikers to make themselves conversant with Safe Mountain bike braking and climbing techniques. Keeping yourself safe while on the go on a mountain bike is very important. These mountain bike braking and hill climbing tips discussed below should help you get yourself conversant with mountain biking:
CHECK AND CONFIRM THAT YOUR BIKE IS IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION
A good mountain biker is one who will make it a routine to always check on the bike to ascertain if it is in good working condition before setting off. As a general rule you should always check the following things on your bike every time before setting off:
Your brakes – before setting off for your mountain biking excursion you should do a thorough check of the brakes and if necessary do adjustments to ensure that they’ll function properly for you.
Tire pressure – you should always first check on your tires to ensure they are not flat and have enough pressure that will be able to take you out to your journey and back. You can use a tire air pressure gauge to know about the right kind of pressure for your bike.
The chain – Ensure that the chain is well lubricated and is in good working condition especially if the bicycle had not been used for a long time. The best type of lubrication to use on the chain during cold weather is grease as it will not be easily washed by water.
IMPORTANT BRAKING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES THAT ALL MOUNTAIN BIKERS SHOULD KNOW
Mountain bikers usually descend from mountains at great speeds and most riders usually find descending more interesting than climbing. When descending the rider must always be alert and very keen to be able to brake and make a stop when faced with an emergency. A rider who knows how to use the brakes appropriately should be able to stop without any problem at all. Learning about braking tips is necessary for you to become an expert mountain biker. Below are some braking tips that you can use to help you while you are out mountain biking with your friends:
- As a mountain biker you must always be very observant meaning that you must being able to see danger beforehand and brake before it is too late. Being able to see danger early enough also allows the rider to slow the bike down allowing them to ride at speeds that they can easily control the bike. Even as you pull the brake levers you should still be able to hold the saddle bar firmly to avoid swaying off the trail.
- Riding on loose surfaces calls for more caution from you as a rider and you got to be keener. When riding on surfaces that are slippery or loose and you wish to apply brakes you are advised to apply them gently but firmly for you not to slip and fall off your bike. This is however different when you want to brake on firm surfaces because on surfaces you may simply brake a little fast when faced with an emergency.
AS A MOUNTAIN BIKER YOU NEED TO LEARN THESE HILL CLIMBING TIPS:
Mountain bike riding involves having to go for the climb and also going downhill at certain times. Learning how to go for the climb and how to descend is very important you can follow these tips below:
- Use of momentum to conquer hills – as you descend from a steep slope that will be followed by a long and tiring hill you can prepare for the steep hill ahead of you be increasing your speed to gain enough momentum. Starting a climb with enough speed will ensure that you won’t use much energy before you will have actually conquered much of the climb that still will be lying ahead of you.
- Use the gears with tact – it is better to master when to engage high and low gears, as you go downhill you are advised select low gears because this will help you to maintain your momentum. Using high gears while descending may work to deplete your energy reserves that you will need for the climbs. It is better to engage high gears when you are almost at the top of the hill just at its steepest point.
- Hold the handle bars loosely – by holding your bike’s handle bars tightly you will be using more energy than is required and also compromising your ability to be in more control of the bike. You should also incline your elbows in a way that your body weight will be slightly above the handle bars.