Hopefully you have had a chance to read our post on “Mountain Bike Skills For New Riders”, this great post covers important aspects of riding including; Cornering and Switchbacks, Body Positioning on the Bike and Braking. At our Avon and Vail bike shops we are proud to sell and rent Giant mountain bikes. Giant has prepared some great videos and we are happy to present those to you with a blow by blow breakdown of how to handle your new mountain bike!
Today’s post is moving forward with some more advanced skills combined with more great videos from Giant and their pro riders! So make sure you have the basics dialed and get ready to learn how to ride standing up on your mountain bike, how to get started if you have stalled on a steep hill and how to ride wood features in both the park and on the trail. This last one will be really appreciated if you ever get to mountain bike the 401 in Crested Butte, at one point you cross an entire marsh on a series of linked 2x6s, you don’t want to eat it into the muck.
How to Ride Standing Up – AKA Bike/Body Separation
Starting and Stopping on an Uphill
Ride long enough and you will come across “Skinnies” (the name of wooden features on trails), sometimes these are just for fun and sometimes they serve a purpose to cross a creek or un-ridable terrain. These can be intimidating as often the fall consequences seem higher as you are actually higher off the ground. But don’t worry, with a little confidence these Skinnies are not a threat to be intimidated by.
As you master these skills you will be ready to start to take on advanced mountain bike trails and take your riding to the next level!
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