21). Stay calm – Panic braking can
cause a serious chorizo. If you’re in a sticky
situation, stay calm, focus on where you
want to go and keep your body relaxed.
Tensing up will cause you to lose control
22). Learn to bunnyhop – This is a
basic mountain bike skill, but it makes a
huge difference on technical terrain or if
you find something on the trail you want to
23). Maintain your bike – Clean your
bike and check your gears and brakes regularly. Wipe off your suspension stanchions
after rides to keep excess dust from getting
into the lowers. It’s better to discover a
problem at home than on the trail.
24). Don’t become a Strava
queen – There is nothing wrong with using
Strava—so long as it doesn’t control you
and take all of the fun out of your riding.
It’s okay if someone is faster than you.
Ride with other riders: The best way to get better at riding is to ride with other people
and see how they ride. Find someone who can push you a little and is of course fun to
It’s okay to walk: There are some sections of trail that are just too gnarly. Don’t put yourself in the hospital by
exceeding your skill level. Walk the trail and take mental notes for when you’re ready to try it.