Many riders make the mistake of
lubing their chains right before a ride.
It is better to lube your chain after a
ride in preparation for the next time
you head out.
Buying a used bike can be a
very emotional decision. Bring
a friend who has no emotional
investment in the transaction.
While you might rationalize
that the ding in the seatstay or
rub marks on the fork crown
are just cosmetic issues, your
friend isn’t going to be so easily
If you are struggling on a
hill, looking ahead can help you
gauge how much more effort
will be needed to crest the hill.
Looking down only serves to
intensify the suffering that feels
like it will never end.
Tubeless tires are still porous.
Once they are inflated, a small
amount of air can escape
through the sidewall over time.
This type of seepage is not
enough to cause a problem during a ride. It takes days for the
pressure to drop noticeably.
If you struggle with getting
tubeless or tubeless-ready tires
to bead to your rim, try Uncle
Dick’s Bead Slip soap. It lubricates the tire so it pops into the
Find a sparring partner.
Riding with a friend who will
push you from time to time can
really improve your riding.
It’s natural to feel nervous when
attempting something outside of your
comfort zone, but not having a vision
of what it should feel like and a plan
for how you’re going to execute it is a
recipe for disaster.
Transporting your bike on
a bumper rack guarantees that
your brake rotors will get coated
with contaminants. Again, keep
a can of Maxima Suspension
Clean and clean the rotors
before you ride.
When adjusting the cleat on
your shoe, you want the ball of
your foot (the bone just behind
your big toe on the inside of
your foot) to be positioned
directly over the pedal’s axle.
Park City, Utah, is an amazing mountain biking destination
for everyone from beginners to
advanced riders looking for a
true “mountain” experience.
Try eating more on your
rides, even if that means popping a gel block and allowing it
to dissolve in your mouth. You
won’t notice a difference until
later in your ride, but it will be a
If you are on a nasty climb
and want to throw in the towel,
tell yourself to put in 10 more
revolutions on the pedals. Many
times, those extra 10 cranks
turn into 20 cranks and then the
top of the climb.
If your handlebars are under
26 inches wide, try a wider bar
(around 29 inches wide). It
opens up your chest and makes
your bike less jittery in the loose
Spray your brake rotors with
Maxima Suspension Clean and
wipe them off with a shop towel.
You won’t believe how much
stuff is on a “clean” rotor.
Every brand’s shifters have unique
nuances. Find a lonely stretch of pavement or dirt road and experiment with
your shifters. Start with the chain on
the middle cog of the cassette and pedal
down the stretch, working the front
derailleur. Shift up and shift down.
Push the lever with your thumb, and
pull it like a trigger with your index
finger. Do the same with the rear
derailleur shifter; first in the big ring
and then in the smaller ring.
It is next to impossible to look too
far ahead (your peripheral vision picks
up a lot of slack), so lift that chin, quit
looking at your front tire’s knobby pattern and focus on the obstacles farther
down the trail.