Mountain Bike Seasonal Riding Technique

Mountain Bike Technique - Back Behind Bars
Mountain Bike Technique - Back Behind Bars
Back Behind Bars

Although we would all like to think that we will always ride, come hell or high water (and if you are in the UK this winter you will have faced plenty of the latter), the truth is many riders will take a longer than normal break from their time in the saddle from time to time. Health, circumstance, workload, injury,…

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Mountain Bike Technique - New Years Resolutions
Mountain Bike Technique - New Years Resolutions
New Years Resolutions

Traditionally the New Year is a time to reflect but also look forward. Resolutions are made, and probably by now broken, so what better time to have a second crack at committing to some changes. These resolutions are not ones that only involve abstinence and depriving yourself, but ones you might just keep! This issue we have a bakers dozen…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Night Riding
Mountain Bike Technique - Night Riding
Night Riding

With the days in the Northern hemisphere shortening faster than the odds of a turkey seeing in the New Year, this issues technique feature looks at Night riding. Some of the article will look at which skills are required to get more out of riding at night, but equally, if not more important, is taking a look at how riding…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Roll on Summer
Mountain Bike Technique - Roll on Summer
Roll on Summer

With the clocks having sprung forward and the mercury rising (albeit not steadily), longer drier days herald the start of another summer season on the trails. After two seasons of decline in both weather and trail conditions you may find that your own riding is also a bit weather beaten and in need of a little TLC. Firmer trails will…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Seasonal Adjustments
Mountain Bike Technique - Seasonal Adjustments
Seasonal Adjustments

For Northern Hemisphere riders, another Summer is fading into memory. On the plus side, the soft light of Autumn makes for some fantastic vistas and epic riding - the days may be shortening, but there is plenty of riding still to be had. The light isn't the only thing to soften up and a change in trail conditions may well…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Slip N Slide
Mountain Bike Technique - Slip N Slide
Slip N Slide

“You know the nearer your destination. The more you're slip-slidin' away.” Well so say Simon & Garfunkel, but here at IMB, we see the slip-slidin' as a sign of life and vitality and not the end of days as the song may suggest. Winter riding is all about letting it hang out as we desperately try and get some grip,…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Travel Adjustments
Mountain Bike Technique - Travel Adjustments
Travel Adjustments

MTB tourism has boomed in the last 10 years and more and more riders are using annual leave to take their passion to new heights and explore the world from behind a riser bar. Whether travelling to a well established, well ridden, holiday hotspot or trailblazing in regions less well known, you will want to get the most from your…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Riding
Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Riding
Winter Riding

Ask any rider about their favourite mountain biking memory of that year and very few will recall a ride though sloppy conditions in driving rain with a cold wind biting, quads burning, crotch sodden and trails livelier than a bucket full of eels. Despite this the vast majority of us have experienced a ride like that and still we go…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Skills - Part 2
Mountain Bike Technique - Winter Skills - Part 2
Winter Skills - Part 2

Stop the press, break out the balloons and grab a slice of cake as we celebrate one year with IMB. What a year we’ve had, and what a year ahead. Creating features is a fascinating process when the guys at IMB approached me my brain went into overdrive with ideas for the technique section. I’ve been humbled over the years…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Up and Overs
Mountain Bike Technique - Up and Overs
Up and Overs

We all love the flowing feel of gliding down trails, effortlessly zipping along, experiencing Mother Nature at high speed. 'Flow' is not a given and you'll often hear riders praising a trails flow or bemoaning its lack of it. The reality is that, although 'flow' can be engineered into a trail - with swooping smooth transitions and bermed corners all…

Mountain Bike Technique - Cornering - Round The Bend
Mountain Bike Technique - Cornering - Round The Bend
Cornering - Round The Bend

Curvaceous, bodacious Have you a craving for carving cool curves and cruising through trails with uninterrupted flow? Well if so stay tuned and read on as we embark on a crusade of cornering bliss with this edition of our core technique. Demanding trails are filled with technical features, of which, some of the most innocuous can cause the most harm…

Mountain Bike Technique - Roll on Summer
Mountain Bike Technique - Roll on Summer
Roll on Summer

With the clocks having sprung forward and the mercury rising (albeit not steadily), longer drier days herald the start of another summer season on the trails. After two seasons of decline in both weather and trail conditions you may find that your own riding is also a bit weather beaten and in need of a little TLC. Firmer trails will…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control Part 1 - Shifting Gears
Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control Part 1 - Shifting Gears
Speed Control Part 1 - Shifting Gears

Finding flow on a trail or maintaining a rhythm is down to a combination of things, speed control plays a major factor in descents, in climbs and on all the bits in between. This time we look at shifting and the impact of cadence on your ride. Often overlooked in skills instruction, and something we should never let slip, is…

Mountain Bike Technique - The Art of Going Slow to Go Fast
Mountain Bike Technique - The Art of Going Slow to Go Fast
The Art of Going Slow to Go Fast

IMB would like to give a warm welcome to our new Skills and Technique guru Mr Clive Forth. We’d also like to say a huge thanks to Richard Kelly who has been in that role since Issue 2! Richard is now really busy with his B1KE business, which is growing very quickly, sadly for us he’s not going to be…

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…

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