How to go from Mountain Biker to Freerider

There are quite a few skills required to keep up with mountain bike progression. Even the seasoned, advanced Mountain Biker have a lot of work ahead of them. So now anyone can join in. Here are a few steps that will help a beginner reach a level a Mountain Biker would reach in a matter of months:

Get a good mountain bike. If you aren’t sure what to look for, you can take a look at a website like http://www.parktool.com/ and see what you should be looking for. When you go to a pro shop, remember, there are a lot of people who don’t know what they’re talking about, so keep your eyes open and don’t be pushy. If you’re afraid that you’ll end up with a bike that you’ll never be able to use, then take a few classes from a local bike shop first to get on some trails first on some basic bikes. You can ride on the street first on your new bike on some basic trails on just an average bike until you can judge better what you need for your first off road bike. And even then, don’t always trust what you’re told. Read up on it first. Make sure you don’t buy some bike that is so heavy you’ll never be able to keep up with the group. Stay away from heavy suspensions for this concept.

After you get your bike, you need to practice on it for a little while until you get the hang of the gears, braking, riding uphill, and all of that stuff. You might need to read up on it first if it is new to you. You can learn on some fairly decent bike paths, but it is more important that you try to learn to navigate obstacles on your bike. When you can ride on some fairly decent trails without actually knowing you are riding over obstacles of any kind, you are ready to move on up. Navigation is everything mountain biking is about. You can’t learn to do this on bike paths. If bike paths are your thing, go ahead and do it, but be aware that it is something you’ll want to learn to do on trails somewhere else.

Get a good mountain bike helmet. Never, ever ride without one. Ideally, you’ll want something with the ability to detach the ear pieces for riding on trails where you might have to pay attention to your surroundings rather than your helmet’s surroundings.

Get a good pair of sunglasses. This is crucial. 80% of your worry should be with your surroundings, not your ride. If you think you’ll have an easy time with this, start out at night with your lights on. You won’t be disappointed.

Get a good pair of gloves. Keep your hands warm so they don’t sweat so much, but they need to be good at gripping the handle bars.

Get a good pair of shoes. Get some biking shoes. They’re made out of materials that grip the pedals better and absorb more shock, they’re generally waterproof, and they’re super comfortable. If you start having any knee or ankle problems, it’s probably because of the shoes you are riding in.

*You are ready to learn some riding skills.*

Start off on some fairly level dirt trails. You’ll want to learn to simply navigate through the trails, not try to make them harder than they are. You might feel like something is hard or easy even if you’ve never done it before. But if your eyes are open and you’re paying attention, trust yourself and if you run into trouble, take your time and ask for help. Here are some skills you’ll need to work on:

Tighten your brakes- You should be able to pull twice as hard on the brakes and come to a complete stop.

Control your speed and your footing- Don’t go too fast and don’t run into things. Don’t weave in and out of the group to show off. Don’t fall. Don’t let them fall.

Lean to turn- You don’t need to lean your bike. you can lean yourself to get around things.

Shift your weight- Your legs aren’t done until you get through the other side of the turn. Make sure you get through the other side.

Don’t hit anyone- Don’t get too close to anyone. Don’t get too close to the front group and risk getting left behind.

Keep your eyes open- There’s a lot to see and you need to know how to get around the things you find. You’ll want to start out on longer or steeper trails before you try anything harder. And for this one, you’ll want to go on the trails when there’s a lot of people.

The Fun Of Mountain Biking

t’s one of the hardest and fastest growing sports to ever hit the world and for good reason. Mountain bike riding is not only a ton of fun, but has a lot of positive effects when it comes to your health, body and mind. Here are just a few examples of why people everywhere are flocking to the sport in record numbers:

With it currently being Summer, this is arguably the best time to get out and catch some air on your bike. On the nice days, the trails become full of life and loved by mountain bikers and nature enthusiasts alike, who all share the same interest in the great outdoors. Here in Colorado we have hundreds of miles of single and double track trails and in different regions of the country and world, the terrain and geographical layout makes for a very unique setting in which to take on the challenges of fun, excitement, and exploration.

Mountains are some of the most beautiful creations on the face of the earth. They are full of untouched culture, people, history, ecology, and mystery. The feeling you get while riding through the forest, past the stunning views of the mountains, alongside streams and waterfalls, is something that can not be matched. The sound of the wind rushing through your helmet, the thrill of the speed of the descents, combined with the adrenaline that kicks in whenever you attempt to go off of a jump or over a large rock, is sure to get your heart rate up, get the adrenaline flowing, and cause you to forget about whatever stress life may have caused you lately.

Trails are also great for working off energy. They are extreme workouts that not only get the adrenaline going, but are great for the body, too. Taking on the challenges of mountain bike riding can tone your body which in turn will burn calories at a much faster rate. Have you ever seen some of the Pros? They are shredded MacGyvers of muscle.

As far as core training goes, mountain biking is one of the best ways to keep the body tight, strong, and toned. You can’t help but become more flexible when doing something like this, especially if you mix up the terrain you take on. There are also many great things you can do with body weight exercises like push ups, pull ups, and dips.  

The biggest argument in favor of mountain biking is the fact that it is the best form of therapy. When you’re riding through the mountains, there is nothing like it in the world. You get your heart pumping, your kidneys working, your blood flowing, your body working up a sweat, and your mind working out any stress, worries, or anxiety you might be experiencing at the time. Mountain biking has an awesome ability to put your mind at ease when it comes to the problems you may encounter in life. Even if they are minor in nature, when you are on your bike you are focused on what is ahead of you, not the problems in your life.Add in the awesome people you meet along the way, the awesome places you visit, the awesome times you have when you’re not riding, and the awesome feeling you get when your riding is awesome, awesome, awesome.

So yeah, mountain biking is awesome. So awesome in fact, that in order to keep up with the growing demand, more people are needed in the industry. Companies are popping up left and right and the easiest and fastest way to get a job working as a mountain biker or as a mountain bike instructor, is to first start off as a beginner mountain biker. But where to begin?

Here’s a few things to take into consideration: Do you have a bike? If so, good. Just remember you’ll need a good off road one as opposed to a road bike. If you don’t currently have a bike, then go ahead and start taking your wallet out because bikes aren’t exactly cheap. If you’re just starting out, it’s wise to get one that’s durable but also fairly comfortable since you’ll be out and about for longer and longer periods of time. What about gear? You’ll want to know about this before you start to care about it. If you don’t know what you want, your best bet is to go with the professionals and hire the services of a local mountain bike shop which will help you find out what you need and why you need it.

The most crucial thing to take into account is the different types of riding. The type of style of riding depends on who you are and what you prefer, but here are a few examples: park riding, downhill riding, dirt jumping, enduro, cross country, free riding, and freeriding. If you have a bike, a bike shop, and a bike style, you’re almost ready to start. Now all you have left to do is to learn the basics of using a bike and going on a regular mountain bike ride under expert supervision.