Mountain Bike Technique

Mountain Bike Technique - The Weighting Game
Mountain Bike Technique - The Weighting Game
The Weighting Game

Pump up your riding This issue it’s about time we delve deeper into the subject of pumping, pressure, and unweighting the bike. When it comes to putting words into action then this is a topic fraught with controversy and confusion. Thanks to the various lingo used to describe a sensation and a technique, the outcome on the trail can be…

Mountain Bike Technique - Crank it Up - Dial in that fancy footwork
Mountain Bike Technique - Crank it Up - Dial in that fancy footwork
Crank it Up - Dial in that fancy footwork

In the last issue we looked at our contact patches on the bike and gave you some insight into the micro techniques used to get that bike just where you want, and that got me thinking, specifically about crank position, crank timing, and just how important they are for all areas of skills and techniques. Having observed many things related…

Mountain Bike Technique - Contact Points
Mountain Bike Technique - Contact Points
Contact Points

In this edition, we are getting all touchy-feely (in an appropriate manner) as we look at contact patches. No matter what we do on the bike from simply rolling along the road to ram-raiding a boulder field we have just a small amount of surface area in contact with the bike and the terrain. We are of course talking about…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Nothing New Never Normal
Mountain Bike Technique - Nothing New Never Normal
Nothing New Never Normal

So we are back! And boy have we missed sharing our secrets of the trade with you. For obvious reasons we took a wee break but now as the globe gets a grip with the ‘whack a mole’ pain in the butt that is COVID we have rounded up the troops and got the show back on the road. So…

Mountain Bike Technique - Pumping
Mountain Bike Technique - Pumping
Pumping

Intoduction If you find you are being left behind while others are pulling away from you on the trail, you seem to be pedalling way more than others that are seemingly carrying speed with little effort, or find that you are bobbling around at the mercy of the trail surface, the chances are you have forgotten your pump... or never…

Mountain Bike Technique - The Workman's Tools
Mountain Bike Technique - The Workman's Tools
The Workman's Tools

All too often what you are riding is seen as the biggest limiting factor to the trails you can tame and the speed you can carry. Magazines and videos are filled with highly skilled riders on super pimped steeds riding super technical terrain, descending at speeds only previously considered achievable with the aid of a zip wire. Technology clearly plays…

Mountain Bike Technique - Get a Grip
Mountain Bike Technique - Get a Grip
Get a Grip

If like the ageing rocker Mick Jagger you ‘can’t get no off-road traction’ this issue’s article is for you. As is de rigeuer with mastering all trail conditions, your kit will play its part but there are a host of other physical and indeed psychological factors that will contribute in being able to ride where others slide, and find grip…

Mountain Bike Technique - Jumps
Mountain Bike Technique - Jumps
Jumps

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin... Welcome and welcome back fellow readers for yet another Hip Hop (hopefully not Hip Op) inspired skills session. Join us in avoiding the ‘house of pain’ as we Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump! (Everybody jump)... Yep, you guessed correctly, it’s a jump fest as we spring into summer, so let’s get to…

Mountain Bike Technique - Driving Force
Mountain Bike Technique - Driving Force
Driving Force

Even with the best technique in the world, if your bike lets you down you are going to lose speed and there is a danger it will have a knock on effect on your riding ability. The power transfer between you and the bike is perhaps the most important one when looking to tackle steep climbs. Skipping gears and a…