Most people only use their legs when climbing. I’ll show you the secret to getting your entire body to power the bike uphill.
STARTING AND STOPPING ON HILLS
We all have to stop some time. I’ll show you how to get started again.
Once you learn the basic climbing technique, we can move on to climbing steep hills with rocks, ruts, logs, and loose dirt.
Steep, rocky descents are one of the most intimidating things about mountain biking. Learning how to stay low while using your legs as shock absorbers is the key.
CONTROLLING THE FRONT AND REAR WHEELS
A little wheel-lift goes a long way. You can use it to get up over an obstacle when climbing, descending, or even on flat terrain; front tire, rear tire, or both.
You’ll find that once you properly master the previous skills, you will be more confident in all aspects of your riding. However, there is no substitute for time in the saddle. As you gain confidence you will try more difficult terrain. There are advanced techniques that can help you with the most severe terrain, and this is where my instruction becomes the most valuable. Whether you just want to be a better all-around rider, or want to improve your racing performance, I can help. Your hard work will be rewarded!
RIDER COMPARTMENT SET-UP
PROPER SEATED RIDING POSITION
You’ll learn how to make the brakes work in dirt, from slow speed singletrack to high-speed descents.
You’re the motor, and you need to work efficiently. Proper gear selection and cadence (revolutions per minute) are critical if you want to maximize your energy and stamina.
The Crouch. It’s like a balanced athletic position in traditional sports. It’s easy to learn, and once you do you can go down just about anything!
SLOW SPEED MANEUVERING
As much as we like to go fast, most of the time we’re going slow. I’ll get you comfortable with slow speed maneuvering in tight situations.