1. No pain, no gain.
If you feel pain during or after a ride, something is wrong.
You have aggravated an existing condition or you are fitted
incorrectly to your bike.
2. Fat burns best during long, low-intensity rides.
Burning calories is your goal. You do that during low-intensity and high-intensity rides. Even after a short but
intense ride, your heart rate will stay elevated, burning
3. Make up for lost rides.
Riding consecutive days to catch up on lost rides due to
Five Riding Myths De-myth-tified
Living somewhere between cross-country and downhill riding, enduro is a catch-all for mountain bike racers of all disciplines, and we’ve seen riders from both
ends of the spectrum come away with wins. Oftentimes,
though, by the time riders turn to enduro, they are no
longer at the top of the discipline in which they first
made a name for themselves.
This is not the case with current World Champion
Nino Schurter. Known for his descending skills on the
cross-country circuit, Schurter often finds himself making his winning attacks on descents. At the final round
of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy, he
decided to trade his rainbow-striped Lycra kit for a set
of baggies and a full-face helmet as he tried his hand
against the fastest descending riders in the world. He
didn’t come away with a top spot on the results, but we
really appreciate a World Champion cross-country racer
who isn’t afraid to get rowdy on a trailbike. Respect.
Trading Rainbow-Striped Lycra
In his element: Nino won his
third World Championship in 2013
aboard his cross-country bike.
Beyond hardtails: Far from his
normal race-day Scale 700 race
bike, Nino employed Scott’s new
Genius LT for Finale Ligure.
weather or social commitments is a bad idea. Recovery is as
important to your body as your rides. Taking a day off is being
smart, not lazy.
4. Ride through an injury.
If you experience constant pain during a ride, have it
checked out by your doc. Riding through an injury can actually prolong the problem.
5. Piles of miles.
Riding long distances for days at a time is a great way to ride
yourself into the ground. It is always best to mix up your type
of rides. ❏