When was the last time you did something adventurous? Was that too long ago that you can’t even remember the feeling of adrenaline rush? Well, it’s time to get back in the game. Try mountain biking.
Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy nature, the company of friends, and the sudden burst of energy in your body. It is becoming an increasingly popular sport in many parts of the world. In Asia, for example, mountain biking events in the Philippines has gained many followers and sports enthusiasts. With beautiful green landscapes all over the archipelago, tourists are attracted to get their gear on and enjoy the rush in the great outdoors.
If you’re up for this adventure, below is a list of skills you need to have as a mountain biking beginner.
The most important skill is how tight you’ll squeeze the brakes and how you’ll shift your weight. Remember that when riding downhill, your front tire bears more weight than the rear. Apply your weight to the rear tire while using your rear brakes. Use your front brake as well so you will not slide. Don’t squeeze it too tight or you’ll end up throwing yourself into the trail.
When riding uphill, you should lean forward so that your weight is on the front tire. Professional mountain bikers also say that it is best not to stand when the trail is steep. Stay seated so you can save your energy for the rest of the trail.
Keep your elbows up when riding downhill. Bend your arms and knees so you can keep a good control of the bike and prepare for obstacles on the trail. Slide your body to the back so you can apply your weight to the rear tire while going down.
Mountain biking does not only give you the feeling of excitement, it is also beneficial to your health. Increase muscle strength and enhance your cardiovascular power while having the ultimate bonding experience with nature and friends.