Mountain Bike

For those who have just started mountain biking, and in order to make everyone enjoy the fun of riding, here are some tips to improve mountain biking.

1: Learn to use brakes correctly

Many novices prefer to use the rear brake instead of the front brake because they are worried that using the front brake will cause somersaults. In fact, the front brake is safer in many cases.
You can learn to use the front brake quickly.

The front brake will have better braking effect than rear brake in some cases. The speed control mainly depends on the friction between the wheel and the road. The friction is directly proportional to the pressure exerted by the wheel on the road. When using the front brake, the pressure of the front wheel and the road is strengthened and the braking effect is increased due to the inertia relationship. The rear brake has no such effect, and when the front brake is used, the pressure of the rear wheel on the road reduced a lot and the friction becomes very small. When riding downhill, only the front brake is a good brake choice, because most of the weight of the bike and human body is on the front wheel, and the friction between the front wheel and the road increases. But the road pressure of the rear wheel is very small, the friction becomes small, the braking effect is very poor, and a small braking will make the rear wheel slip, this is not safe.

Generally, the brake handle of mountain bike is a two finger brake handle. When riding, put the index finger and middle finger on it. In case of emergency, you can brake immediately. There are also many riders who set aside their index finger to change speed and only use their middle finger to control the brake, so that they can change speed and brake at the same time. The first thing we should learn is to control the braking. We should gradually get familiar with how much force can be applied to achieve the braking,, so we can control the braking effect and prevent locking. After getting familiar with the relationship between force and effect, you can safely use the front brake. You can master the front braking technology by practicing fast parking. When braking, pay attention to the change of the your body center and control it.

2: Riding in gravel section

When crossing a gravel section, it is easy for you by using a double shock absorber bike; The gravel section may be in the plane section (usually close to the stream), uphill or downhill section, but the basic skills are the same.

At low speed, the up and down vibration caused by the road and suspension system will consume a lot of energy; Therefore, if you meet a big stone at a low speed similar to walking, you will be unable to move forward and stop; Keep a certain speed and stabilize your body, you are ready to run over these stones. Choose a good route in advance and keep it moving forward, but don’t delusion that you can pass through the gravel section smoothly all the way; Choose the good path. When hitting a stone, try to keep the wheel perpendicular to it, and then run over it! Raise one gear and step on it (than the gear on the road before entering the gravel section), so that when encountering obstacles, the rear wheels can be prevented from slipping. If you suddenly pop out of the original route, you should keep your sight on the original planned route and tread as smoothly as possible, so that you can bounce back to the original planned route at any time. If you want to pass through the gravel section on the downhill section, avoid using the brake as much as possible. The best way is to slide through the whole area; However, if the brake must be used, the front and rear brakes must be used at the same time. Moreover, when the stone is small and the control is relatively stable, the brake must be released. Do not brake when encountering a large stone or running out of the planned rout.