Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance Technique

Mountain Bike Technique - Trail Therapy
Mountain Bike Technique - Trail Therapy
Trail Therapy

To the ear of those that don't ride it would be very easy to think that riders have something against the trails they ride. We talk of 'attacking them, smashing corners, nailing jumps' and generally 'ripping' or 'tearing it up’. We all claim to love the trails, yet from the way we speak it would seem as if the relationship…

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Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control
Mountain Bike Technique - Speed Control
Speed Control

Before you think ‘Oh, I am OK with my braking technique’ and flick on to the next article, STOP. Speed control is not simply a matter of the ability to apply the brakes and stay on the bike (although this admittedly is an essential technique). The physical element of speed control is a far broader topic than that. As with…

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…

Mountain Bike Technique - Drop and Roll
Mountain Bike Technique - Drop and Roll
Drop and Roll

Welcome to another instalment of our core skills and techniques feature, and as we enter autumn here in the UK it's time to tackle the subject of drop-offs. Dropping and jumping are two areas where the penalty for failure can be life-changing. When it goes wrong the classic outcome is an OTB (over the bars), here the typical reaction is…

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…

Mountain Bike Technique - All The Necessary Skills
Mountain Bike Technique - All The Necessary Skills
All The Necessary Skills

It is true that I questioned to a reasonable degree what I was doing heading North at the crack of dawn, from my house in the Surrey Hills, home of some truly fantastic trails. After a month of 60+ hour weeks, averaging 5 hours sleep a night, the prospect of the two and a half hour drive ahead of me…

Mountain Bike Technique - Switchbacks
Mountain Bike Technique - Switchbacks
Switchbacks

Switchbacks are a trail feature that has been long forgotten in the new world order of trail centres and cultured MTB parks. Old school riders and those who enjoy getting out into the back country will know them all too well, but the new breed of riders born and bred at the trail centre will find them to be a…

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