In the last article, we mentioned some common knowledge about buying a mountain bike. In the following article, we will continue to introduce some common knowledge and off-road skills of mountain bikes when buying mountain bikes.
“Light” is synonymous with road vehicles, making it the first choice for high-speed travel on paved roads. The large wheel diameter and narrow tires make it have extremely low road resistance and provide higher road speed, but it is also easy to reduce its grip and be damaged by sidewalks and vertical drains. Since in addition to the owner, thieves also love them, making the vehicle unfavorable for parking. It has almost no bearing capacity, the riding posture is more aggressive, and the comfort is low. It is only suitable for sports and competitions.
Advantages: light weight and high speed.
Disadvantages: The posture is more aggressive, the passability is low, and it does not have the bearing capacity.
Mountain bikes, as the name suggests, are made for rugged mountain trails. Disc brakes, thick tires, high strength, and full suspension models allow more riders to find sufficient riding confidence. Various technologies on mountain bikes are specially developed for mountain roads. If your ambition is not over off-road, it may be more suitable to choose other types of bikes. Mountain bikes on paved roads not only drag their feet, but the technology that has been paid for is not useful.
Advantages: strong braking force, passability, off-road performance, and can cross mountain forest roads.
Disadvantages: heavy, flat tires are very dragging, and the speed is low.
How to choose the road bike or mountain bike that suits you is up to you. For example, if I am in the city center with all roads within a radius of 20 miles, should I choose a mountain bike? So I choose the road bike after all nine out of ten trips are on the road.
What are the skills of mountain bike off-road?
Mountain bike off-road tips: pavement slopes.
Sloping roads, steep sloping overhangs, and the use of brakes or aggressive movement controls can cause tires to lose grip and slide off the edge of the road.
1.Use a body roll instead of leaning the bike, just like turning. The greater the slope of the road is the greater the camber, the force is the same, and then you know that your tires will stick like glue and won’t slide out.
2.Avoid accelerating on trails where the road slopes down, and before reaching, maintain a certain speed and glide across the road surface. If you need to increase the speed to pass, then apply the force gently and smoothly.
3.Put the full weight of your body on the pedals below the slope, and the wheel stickers can grip the road well.
4.Choose the middle route and avoid squeezing to the top of the slope.
Mountain bike off-road tips: climb steep slopes.
1.When approaching an incline, use a small front chainring, and a rear cog that is two steps higher than the gear you are going to complete the incline in, and downshift a little earlier before the kinetic energy runs out.
2.Remain seated, and when you reach the steepest surface, move your hips forward to sit on the front of the seat cushion, leaning your upper body forward so that the front wheels can grip the ground and have proper control. Don’t move your body too far forward, which can cause the rear wheel to slip, and don’t stand up.
3.If the rear wheel slips a little, don’t stop, simply tilt the upper body slightly off the slope to ballast the rear wheel and keep pedaling.
4.At the top, most climbers will lean forward, causing the rear wheel to slip when crossing the top edge. Lean back slightly to keep the rear wheel biting the ground.