If you are going to ride a mountain bike, the first thing you need is, obviously, a mountain to ride it on. The Vietnamese have a saying, “Even though a mountain is high, there is still a way to reach its top; although the road is full of danger one can always find a way to get through it.” Part of the thrill of mountain bike riding definitely includes conquering the mountain and overcoming the danger it presents to you along the way. Facing challenges and beating them is what makes it fun to be human, and motivated to face the next day.
So, before you take off to go mountain bike riding, you should decide beforehand where you are going to go. There are plenty of places with bike trails around the country but if you want the best mountain bike trails in the USA you may have to go an extra mile of driving to get there. Whether you are a beginning or an experienced double expert, you will find a trail that is just right for you.
Enthusiasm Is Not Enough
Enthusiasm for mountain biking is great, and I think more people should get out there and try it. But enthusiasm by itself is surely not enough. That brings us to tip # 1.
Do not rush yourself; start small
As you may be aware, mountain biking is fast, furious, and dangerous. If you want to master the trick to conquer it instead of succumbing to it, you need to start at the bottom and work your way just a little step at a time. You find that the bike trails are rated beginner, intermediate, expert, and sometimes double expert.
Do your homework before you hit the road and make sure the trails you are heading for are rated for your skill level. Everyone starts out as a beginner so do not feel all bummed out because you can not conquer Mount Everest on your first day. You might have to drive a little further to reach a good beginner trail, but it is all for your own good; you will make better progress improving your biking skills if you start small and in the right way.
Note that driving to the trailhead requires you to have a stable bike rack on your car or truck. You can get a camper shell roof rack system that will hold them securely while you are driving towards the destination and back.
Get Trustworthy and Relevant Advice or Training
You can learn something about any sport on your own but you will learn more and learn it faster if you opt for professional advice and/or training. Experts who have been riding for a number of years will be able to show you little tips and tricks that you would not have thought of on your own. Some of them can even only be learned after years of trial and error. Save yourself the time and trouble and ask for help. There is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to asking for advice. No one will think any less of you, but they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are unfortunately a numb skull if you do not and mess up with something you could have easily avoided by asking about it.
Do not Ask Your Spouse
Asking your spouse, partner significant other, etc., to help you learn a new sport is a bad, no, a really bad idea. The emotional energy found between couples does not translate well in the coaching arena; the two definitely do not mix well. Any disagreement over what to do or how to do it in the sport can suddenly bring up old unresolved arguments from home and turn it into a huge blowup.
Furthermore, despite the political correctness of the day, men and women learn differently from each other. It is just simple biology; their brains are physically wired differently, and consequently, it is no wonder they absorb, learn, and process information differently. For best results, and to avoid any uncalled for hustles and bustles, men should be taught by men, and women should be taught by women.
Learn To Fall The Right Way (yes, you read that right)
If you are going to go mountain biking, especially if it is your first time, sooner or later, you are going to fall. This is a simple fact of life you should accept. Isn’t it therefore best to plan for it? To save yourself some loss of skin or even worse injuries, make sure you pick out the right jerseys to wear when you are biking. Do not forget to buy gloves and helmets either. After buying the necessary equipment, now practice falling on flat grassy areas. After this you can then move on to mountainous areas; all while strapped in your protective gear. Slowly learning how to catch yourself without straining your wrists or getting your feet tangled in the bike chain or wheel spokes. You could also lookup more of the possible injuries involved in the sport and plan for them as well.
Ride With Better Bikers
The best way to get better is to ride with people who are better than you. By surrounding yourself with better riders, and following their lead closely behind them and watching what they do, you learn from them both consciously and subconsciously. Follow in their path and you will automatically improve.
Mountain Biking Is A Great Sport
Mountain biking is not only a great sport but is also counted as a great workout too. Even if you are only going downhill at a ski resort in the warm weather, you will find that you burn a lot of calories due to the stress and stamina you will need to negotiate into the turns, jumps, rock gardens, and twisted roots. Even without much pedaling, you will definitely “feel the burn.” You end up killing two birds with one stone; outsmarting boredom plus keeping fit. Isn’t that a win-win?