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 - 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 - 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 - Speed Control Part 3 - To Haul Or To Stall
Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control Part 3 - To Haul Or To Stall
Speed Control Part 3 - To Haul Or To Stall

From shifting to slowing we now continue to roll through our trail craft technique and delve into the world of all that will stall. Welcome folks to another in’stall’ment of finding your flow, we’ve been getting down with some basics in the previous editions, and we continue the theme of maintaining speed by looking at trail elements that want to…

Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control Part 2 - Braking
Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control Part 2 - Braking
Speed Control Part 2 - Braking

The trick with all technique and skills is to start slow, low and small and build up; repetition is everything and habits you have in slow speed situations are amplified as speed, gradient and scale of terrain increase. Welcome to another instalment of Finding Your Flow, in this three part series we shift away (couldn’t resist a terrible pun) from…

Mountain Bike Technique - Trail Fix
Mountain Bike Technique - Trail Fix
Trail Fix

We have looked, over the last 12 issues, at many aspects of skills development and how to get more from your riding. These articles have focused heavily on elements that make up the physical and psychological tier of a skills development model that we have identified. Each element of each tier plays a part in reaching your full riding potential.…

Mountain Bike Technique - The Need For Speed Part 2
Mountain Bike Technique - The Need For Speed Part 2
The Need For Speed Part 2

Welcome back, last issue we looked at riding trails for the first time and how you can hit them with more confidence and more speed, this time round we delve into one of the common features on a trail and a feature where speed is not the only thing that can be wiped out. For some riders the fear of…