Is your mountain bike loud? the racer next to me exclaimed, “wow, I wish my bike was that quiet!”. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that his bike is that quiet, it is the rider that is making it loud.
If your bike is making a lot of noise (loud chain slap, loud pings and noises coming from your frame, suspension and/or tires) as you ride you aren’t being as smooth as you could be. Use this feedback to remind yourself to relax, breathe and flow with the trail instead of fighting it!
An Upgrade than can help your mtb riding!
I had a fellow mountain biker email in a great question the other day, “I do have one question. I’m wondering what your opinion is on the importance of a really good rear hub.
The answer is yes in many situations.
When climbing a technical climb with lots of rocks and ledges the near instant engagement makes timing of pedal wheelies and weight shifts much easier and precise.
If it looks fast or feels fast it is probably slow!
Ever have that descent on your mountain bike where you felt like you were flat hauling?! At the bottom you were thinking (or telling a riding buddy), “wow, I nearly hit two trees, a big rock and that huge stump! I was flying!”. Believe it or not, despite feeling like you were right on the edge of your skill limits that was probably not near as fast as you could ride that descent (with your current skill).
If you look at rock four feet in front on you, you are going to be there (at the rock) in a fraction of a second, if you see the rock when it is twenty-forty feet in front of you you have plenty of time to go around the rock and you stay calm and relaxed.
This video reminded me of that. Notice how tense you get when the helmet cam is point down and how you almost breathe a sigh of relief when the rider looks further down the trail.
My first helmet cam mtn bike video and first chest cam mountain bike video! Shot last week in the La Sal Mtn’s near Moab, Utah.
As you probably know, I love mountain biking but mountain biking can be bad for you. I am not talking about crashing (which is definitely bad for you) but simply riding mountain bikes. Mountain biking, like many sports can be PART of a very healthy lifestyle. I stress the word “part” because mountain biking should not be your only form of exercise.