After going up comes the best part, right? Many are fans of mountain bike climbing, but those who love a good mountain descent are not far behind. Today we are going to discover 5 simple tricks when you descend on your bike so it doesn’t become an “uphill battle”.
1. Adopt a correct posture
The importance of good posture is well known, especially when we sit down for a meal, work and when we practice a sport!
As you make your way down the hill on your bike, it’s very important that you distribute your weight correctly on both sides and on the back of the bike as well as getting as close as possible to your center of gravity.
To accomplish this make sure that your buttocks are toward the back, to increase the weight that falls over this area of the bike. At the same time, you must move your torso and your head towards the front in order to gain stability (especially when you break).
2. Strength is also important
When you descend on your bike you gain a lot of speed and certain speeds in specific terrain make your bike vibrate and can provoke injury. You can remedy this situation by using your muscle strength. It is recommended that you work the muscles of your arms, back, and legs: at the gym or at home a few days a week. Without a doubt, you gain more control over your body and your bike.
3. Move your weight toward the sides
First of all, make sure to use correct posture since you have already taken a look at the importance of distributing your weight correctly when you descend on your bike. A useful tip is to move your weight toward the sides, especially when you perform turns and go around curves. That way you can maneuver using your hips and distribute the weight more or less on the right or left sides depending on the direction you wish to take.
4. A front jump is your best ally
The frontal jumps, as well as leaps where the front tire is in the air and the back is on the ground, can get you out of more than one tough situation, but the key is in knowing when to use them. For example, if you are descending too fast and come across a step, the easiest thing to do is perform a frontal jump. You need to adopt a better posture, hold on tight to the handlebars and move your body slightly backward. If on the contrary, you are not going too fast, you can leap over the obstacle in order to avoid it.
5. Go one step ahead
To be one step ahead is essential and more so when you descend down hills on two tires. Don’t stress out for what might happen, but do stay alert and never lose sight of the terrain in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
In conclusion please stay aware of possible obstacles at least 3 meters away because if you don’t see them you could fall. And first and foremost, plan your route ahead of time and get to know the type of terrain and descents available as well as the technique used to be safe.