6 riding skills that can be practiced anywhere and anytime

6 riding skills that can be practiced anywhere and anytime

Basic riding skills need to be constantly practiced and improved, but everyone who likes to ride often ignores the corresponding practice due to the busy pace of life, and always complains that their riding is still not improved.

In fact, if you use the usual evening and weekend odd hours, you can practice some basic riding skills anytime, anywhere, so that you can add fun to life, but also constantly improve your corresponding riding ability.

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    Riding skills - rear wheel riding

    ① Purpose of training: Skilled climbing steps

    Rear wheel riding is one of the favorite riding skills among young riders, and while it may not seem worthwhile for professional mountain bikers, actually lifting the front wheel at low speeds to deal with obstacles on the route is a critical skill.

    ② Key points: Don’t worry too much about how long and how far you ride the rear wheel, keep your butt in the saddle, let your shoulders, handlebars and both arms form quadrilateral.

    Choose a suitable gear and properly to use the bicycle gear ratios to give the pedaling enough power but not too much effort, and then put your fingers on the brake handle of the rear brake.

    Lean back with your shoulders and pedal at the same time.

    Keep your arms straight and your butt in the saddle, off the ground with your weight for balance and almost zero pedal power, and maintain your posture by adjusting your upper body back and forth with the rear axle, while pedaling just to keep the rear wheels turning forward.

    Keep your head up and always remember, don’t pull the handlebars hard, it will only get more and more wrong with practice.

    Rear wheel riding

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:
    1. Move your butt or bend your arms
    2. Standing up
    3. Use speed to keep the front wheel raised continuously

    Riding skills - set the bike

    ① Purpose of training: To enhance the sense of balance and calmness of mind. And this skill is also one of the popular riding skills among riders.

    How many times have you sat in your car waiting for a traffic light and watched someone gracefully set the bike in front of you?

    Mountain bike riders often neglect to set the bike, but this simple skill allows you to maintain a stable position when coming to a stop, and it is actually the foundation of most trick climbs.

    Being able to stand on the pedals and stay upright can also save you valuable time.

    ② Key points: Find a gentle uphill slope and when the roll stops, turn the front wheel to your smooth side and stand up straight, using chain tension to keep the bike steady and not squeeze the brakes.

    Repeat in and out in small increments to adjust your balance.

    Straightening your arms and straightening your back will provide a platform for you to move your hands in all directions.

    The most obvious mistake is to crouch down bending your elbows and knees, keeping your limbs straight and your head up at all times.

    Set the bike

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:
    1. pinching the brakes
    2. Bending your arms and legs
    3. Looking down at the car

    Riding skills - rear wheel slide

    ① Purpose of training: Rear wheel skating is different from rear wheel riding in that you need to stand up instead of sitting on the saddle and use your body to move rather than pedal to get the front wheels up. That means it’s the perfect trick when you have speed.

    ② Key points: Imagine that someone has tied a rope around your waist and is pulling you backwards as you ride.

    The first thing is to stand up and if you want to get up slowly, let your butt move backwards quickly while you straighten your arms.

    Don’t lift your head too high and lean your body as far back as you can on the saddle.

    As your hips begin to overtake the saddle, lower your heels and straighten your knees to help push the body forward, relying entirely on your lower body to keep your center of gravity low.

    This is great for high speed and technical tracks where, as with rear wheel riding, the arms, handlebars and shoulders form quadrilateral.

    Once the body position is over the rear wheel, focus control on the thighs, keeping the upper body in the same position and straightening or bending the knees to hold that balance point. Pinching the brakes will only throw you off balance.

    Rear wheel slide

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:
    1. Arm bending
    2. Stiff knees
    3. Shoulders move to the front of the buttocks

    Riding skills - side jump

    ① Purpose of training: Change the route. Side jumping is one of the very useful riding skills. Professional riders usually use it to change alignment or to get rid of dangerous road conditions and wheel ruts.

    First, you need to find the right angle to jump, which means the side jump depends on technique and timing rather than locking the pedals. And many riding skills also need to find the best angle to do.

    ② Key points: To create a lateral movement after the jump, you need to twist and turn your arms and shoulders to the side when the front wheel starts.

    This is actually the first stage of the rabbit jump that incorporates the turning motion, so the up jump and lateral movement are made at the same time.

    The most common mistake is to force the movement to one side after the rabbit jump, or to lean to one side before the jump.

    After jumping up, your hips should follow the same direction of movement , allowing the rear wheels to follow the trend of the body movement.

    Remember, you should let the front wheels jump first and land with the front wheels first or both at the same time.

    As long as each step of the upward retraction and lateral movement is well connected, there should be little resistance to body movement throughout the process.

    Side jump

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:
    1. The front and rear wheels start at the same time
    2. Rear wheels land first
    3. Need to move the body sideways

    Riding skills - rear wheel jumping

    ① Purpose of training: Confident and accurate control of the body. But it’s a little difficult for freshman to learn among the riding skills. 

    Although there are no special instructions for this movement, it is related to the coordination between the rider and the bike, allowing you to subconsciously move your body to prevent losing balance.

    It will also allow you to lift and swing your rear wheel independently, and help you control your rear wheel accurately.

    ② Key points: Find a step or shoulder, bring your body forward and up at the same time, and lift the rear wheel with your feet tucked in.

    This is a simple lift of the rear wheel, but this time, tilt your hips to the side so that the wheel moves sideways and upwards, rather than vertically.

    Then move your hips back up and lift the handlebars at the same time to let the front wheel lag.

    The hard part is that at first you won’t be able to see where the rear wheel is going to land and it will feel a bit weird, but you should know that these subtle breaks will give you more precise control over the track.

    Rear wheel jumping

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:
    1. Let the front wheels go down first
    2. Land on the front wheels first
    3. Losing balance after landing

    Riding skills - rear wheel slip steering

    ① Purpose of training: Believe it or not, the handling of deviations in body movement back and forth during fast cornering or wall pressing can be simulated at walking speed on flat ground.

    Whether the cornering is very aggressive or very high speed, the pressure applied to the front wheels needs to be gradually oversteered to the rear wheels.

    Find a slightly elevated terrain where you can make a slalom turn.

    The purpose of this is to allow the rear wheel to turn smoothly when sliding through a turn on elevated terrain.

    ② Key points: You need to move your shoulders forward as you enter the raised terrain, then turn the front wheel and twist your hips to move your weight backward to lift the front wheel, using your hips as a guide to keep your feet and shoulders connected to the overall movement trend.

    This may sound a bit complicated, but the truth is that you just need to add a twist to the rear wheel slide, always looking at the exit point and keeping your head as steady as possible helps maintain balance and stability.

    Always remember that the best riders in the world are able to connect a single move and trick that is used to come to grips with a number of situations. Practice these riding skills in the open!

    Rear wheel slip steering

    ③ Easy to make mistakes:

    1. Need to pedal to finish
    2. Use your hands to pull up the handlebars
    3. The turning radius is too large

    Final words

    Aboved are 6 riding skills that can be practiced all the time, try to get start! And remember, no matter what riding skills you’re practicing, be safe!

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