27). Watch out for dogs – Every dog
owner says, “Oh, my dog doesn’t bite,”
but it’s always a possibility. Be cautious
of dogs off the leash on the trail, and if
you have a trail dog, make sure the dog is
comfortable around other riders and hikers.
28). Keep pedaling – Mountain biking
is a sport built on momentum. Keep your
leg speed up to keep the bike moving forward to make it over a rocky climb or steep
pitch in the trail.
29). Don’t overthink it – A technical
rock garden or section of trail can be intimidating. Take your time and don’t overthink
it. Keep your eyes on where you want to go
instead of focusing on the obstacle you’re
trying to avoid.
Learn to suffer: The hills will always be tough, even if you are running a 50-tooth cog on
your cassette. Learn to enjoy the suffering a little bit, especially if there is a sweet descent
waiting for you at the top.
Take a tool: Emergencies should be few and far between, but it’s the “few” that you should plan for. Take a
small multi-tool that will handle minor mechanicals. In the event of a mechanical or flat, do a quick inventory of
what’s in your hydration pack or jersey pockets. You’ll be surprised what you may find that can fix the issue. ❏