We probably all have been there. Going over the handle bars. That feeling of flying off your bike into the unknown. Oh NOOOOO!
And your buddies cleaned it with no problem. How is that possible? I am such a loser.
Yes, maybe you are a loser…today. But just get back up on your bike and remember these tips.
It may be your bike. Your buddy’s bike may be set up with a more relaxed slack angle to allow better weight distribution backwards and avoid flipping forward over the handle bars. Maybe your bike is more of a cross country set up which puts your weight more forward and upright. Weight distribution is a life saver. Maybe you are not a loser? And it is simply your buddy’s bike is designed better for the terrain you are riding. Feel better?
Unweight your bike. When riding down sketchy terrain, if you hit the brakes, then what do you think will happen to your body? Yip. It may be best to try unweighting your bike and glide over the unstable terrain until to get to more stable terrain. For example, you can push away from your bike with your legs and arms and ride your bike very light. It is just like hopping like a kid. Some hops can be very hard, and some hops can be very light. Think of riding over sketchy terrain, like loose rocks, very lightly.
Also, get your butt back. When going downhill, shift your body weight backwards and do not be afraid to get your butt back off the seat. Yes, beware of that back tire. But it is safer than you think.
Finally, if you are about to hit a jump, then get up off your seat, balance yourself on your pedals, pump your shocks a few times and as you get some air, shift your weight backwards to avoid going over the bars. Try it again. And again. And again.
Practice shifting your weight forward and backward off your seat before riding on the trail. A dopper seat post will really help decrease your risk of going over the handle bars. A dropper takes a little time to learn, because it is another shift to use. But it will enhance your entire riding experience.
If you do not feel safe, then it is no fun. If you do not have a dropper seat post and you feel unsafe on a mt bike, then you may want try a dropper. It really makes shifting your weight backwards much easier, which may make riding your bike fun again. And thats what it is all about, FUN. So if you fall, we all have been there. We all fall. Just get back up and don’t worry about it. You are not a loser. You are a mt biker.
Hope these tips help.
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