10). Before the corner – Use your
brakes before a corner. Stay off the brakes
in the middle of a turn. This will keep your
momentum moving forward and help prevent washing out.
11). Slide forward – On steep pitches,
stay seated and slide up so you are actually
sitting on the nose of the saddle. Lean your
upper body forward enough to keep the
front tire pinned to the ground and steering
12). Don’t quit – Don’t stop pedaling
if your rear tire spins out. Raise your torso
to weight the rear tire, and keep putting the
power into the pedals.
13). Play with your tire pressure –
Is there a pesky climb you can’t conquer?
You might have too much air in your tires.
Running too high a pressure can lead to
untimely spin-outs and, of course, crashes.
14). Use the rebound knob – If you’re
having trouble in corners or keeping the
front end under control, your rebound might
be too fast. Start with a click and go from
15). Ride flats – If you’re just starting
out, ride flat pedals for a while. There are
fundamentals you’ll learn that will help you
once you move to clipless pedals (if you
don’t get hooked on riding flats all the time).
16). The 80/20 rule – You should push
yourself to get better, but be sure to avoid
exceeding your riding ability. Rides should
be 80 percent within your comfort zone and
20 percent challenging.
Look down the trail: Start looking farther down the trail. You’ll be able to prepare
better and ride a little faster. Keep your chin up and eyes focused several yards
ahead to plan your next line.
Speed is your friend: There is a point when you’re going too fast, but most of the time
speed will help you make it over a technical section of trail or float over the tops of rocks.
Start by using a little less brake than normal to increase your comfort level.
Lean in the corners: Try to keep your bars
straight and lean the bike. This will help
keep your speed up and prevent the front
end from washing out.