To maintain one’s balance is most vital skill in mountain biking. A scrupulous sense of balance is imperative to head anywhere in Trails. There are various different types of terrains in trails; you have to be able to uphold your balance in all terrains. Each of your moves in a trail depends on your ability to preserve your balance. Luckily, you can practice balancing anywhere and anytime. All you need is certain exercises that are specifically aimed at improving your balance.
Here are a few such exercises…
* Start at a very slight slope, point your bike downwards and move as slowly as possible.
* Make a figure ‘8’, progressing in a constantly tauter and slower formation.
* Paint an enormously long line on a flat surface and slowly roll over it.
A regular practice of above mentioned exercises would give would perk up your balance to a great deal bestowing you a confidence, which would be a great help when learning to maintain balance in trails.
Here are a few tips to help you with balancing while mountain biking…
1. The Platform: Maintaining your feet level, i.e., at 3 and 9 o'clock position is your platform position. You are well balanced in platform position and it is best position while biking unless you have to traverse a tight corner. So try to be in position as long as plausible.
2. Once you’re in a platform position, position of rest of your body parts relevant to balancing should be: hands gripping handlebars (but not very tightly), your back should be bent at an angle of 45 degrees, your elbows bent at an angle of 90 degrees, while your knees at 30-50 degrees. Your head should be straight, eyes looking ahead and your chin parallel to top tube.