LUBE YOUR CHAIN BEFORE
AND AFTER EVERY RIDE
This is terrible advice. Rather than religiously slopping
lube on your chain every ride, listen to your drivetrain.
When it sounds dry, it’s time to apply lube. If you’re applying lube before that, you’re only going to attract more dirt,
grime and debris to the system. ❏
MAY 2014 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 137
GET YOUR WEIGHT BACK AS FAR AS
POSSIBLE FOR DESCENTS
In the days of fully rigid hardtails, this was invaluable
advice, because if you didn’t do it, it meant an express ticket
to a dirt facial. Nowadays, though, geometry and suspension
technology have all but killed this advice. Sure, you’re going
to need to get behind the saddle sometimes, but more often
than not, the best “ready position” is a neutral one with
your knees bent and elbows out. Rather than think about
sliding your weight back, instead, think about pressing your
sternum closer to your stem to lower your center of gravity.
This wide and low stance gives you the best position to react
to the trail and keep from getting thrown off balance.