Become a better rider
1). Wear a helmet – It still amazes us
how many riders we see on the trail without one. We don’t want to do a scared-straight story showing what can happen if
you don’t follow this advice, but it’s getting
to the point where we might have to.
2). Stay on the trail – Protect your
local trails by staying on the beaten path.
This is also a good way to avoid snakes
and other critters. Keep the narrow ribbons
of singletrack narrow, as they should be.
3). Ride it backwards – Try your
regular loop backwards. You’ll be amazed
at how different a trail is when you ride it
4). Go tubeless – Seriously, just do it.
5). Ride new trails – Don’t be afraid
to branch out and try new trails, even if it’s
a little bit of a drive to get there. This will
challenge you and make you more comfortable on every new trail.
6). Try a new line – It’s easy to ride
the same lines over and over on your local
trails. Follow a friend and try the lines he
or she likes to take, or make up your own
new lines (as long as they are on the trail).
7). Natural suspension – Your arms
and legs are your natural suspension.
Learn how to pump the bike and absorb
some of the rough stuff with your body.
Learn to wheelie: If you want to help your bike-handling skills, learning to wheelie is a
good way to help improve your balance and bike feel. This will come in handy on the
trail, plus it’s a solid way to impress your friends.
Have fun: Riding should be fun, so make sure that at the end of your ride you’re happy.
It’s easy to get sucked into a Strava KOM or your training, but remember at the end of
the day to keep things light-hearted.