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They say you never forget how to ride a bike -- but here are some cycling tips you may not have learned the first time around.
You Will Need
- Mountain bike
- Bike gloves
Lower seat height
Lower your seat until your knee is just shy of a 90-degree angle when the crank is at the 9 o’clock position with your foot on the pedal.
Stand up on the pedals
Stand up on the pedals while going downhill. This lets the rear wheel hop around and roll over rocks and bumps without bucking you into the bushes.
Keep your weight back
Keep your weight back, with your legs and arms slightly bent. That way your arms and legs can act like shock absorbers and flex if you hit an obstacle with the front tire.
Use your rear brake to slow
Use your rear brake to slow down, and be careful not to lock the tire into a skid.
Use both breaks in an emergency
If you have to stop suddenly, throw your weight back – pelvis behind the seat if possible – and squeeze both the front and rear brakes while keeping the bike straight.
Keep up your momentum
Use your momentum to help you through difficult sections of sand, water, rocks, or mud. If you slow down, you’ll get stuck or crash.
Break before turns
Brake before turns and then roll through them. If you need to slow down, use your rear brake exclusively.