There is a lot of dangerous misinformation on the subject of braking on your mountain bike, I will clear some of it up for you. YOUR BUTT is Not Your Third Brake!
Forgetting about dangerous misinformation, it is plain instinctual to move away from danger, in this case moving your butt back as you brake. Unfortunately, as you probably know our instincts are terrible mountain bike skills teachers…
What mountain biking advice does David Bailey have that can help you? What he says to all his students (which applies to all riders that want to reach their best):
“It all comes down to this; practice. What is it? Practice is not a race. It’s also not time to go out and just bust out laps. It’s time to figure out where your problems are and what you need to do to fix them ….
Wow! I love this video, if it doesn’t make you smile and want to go ride your bike you are already dead! Two four year old twins having a blast on their little bikes! Hitting the bike park and jumping, crashing, making it the second try, smiling, laughing, so fun to watch!
I’m not kidding or trying to be controversial when I say, “What You Know (correctly) About Mountain Bike Skills is Hurting You!”. Let’s say you know to ride in balance in the correct body position, how could that possibly be hurting you? The answer is simple, if you are like I was when I first turned pro you aren’t doing what you know! Also, again, like me, you might know 50-80% of the skill but are probably missing a few/a lot of the details of that skill.
Can a Mountain Bike Stem Be Too Short? What About Frame Size? These are questions we get A LOT from students, newsletter subscribers and random riders that found us during a search for a new bike. Over the years there has been a lot of experimenting with stem length, bar width and frame length, by […]