Tips on a Comfortable, Efficient Position on the Bike

Written by Murray Priestley

Good positioning onrepparttar bike is very important for efficient mountain biking. The height ofrepparttar 144281 seat should allow you to have your foot atrepparttar 144282 lowest point inrepparttar 144283 pedal stroke. Still, it should leave some roam for a slight bend in your knee. Your hips will rock when you pedal if you extend your legs fully. However, ifrepparttar 144284 bend in knee is too much,repparttar 144285 full pedal power will not get torepparttar 144286 pedals. You runrepparttar 144287 risk of leg cramps and discomfort with incorrect positioning onrepparttar 144288 bike.

When you have your foot and pedal inrepparttar 144289 "3 o’clock" position, your knee should be directly overrepparttar 144290 pedal. For that, you will need to adjust your seat position by moving it forward or backward.

The width ofrepparttar 144291 handlebars in your bike should be approximately equal to your shoulder width. Its position should be atrepparttar 144292 same level asrepparttar 144293 seat.

A slight bend in your elbows will help you absorb shock while riding. A change in stem length may also be helpful. You will have a wide variety of stem sizes in your local cycle shop.

Keepingrepparttar 144294 hands straight and changing hand positions occasionally help avoid hand numbness over long rides. The grip should be firm, but relaxed. For additional positioning options, you can have a set of bar-ends.

You should position yourself onrepparttar 144295 seat on a comfortable saddle well behindrepparttar 144296 cranks. The position should be so that it does not numbrepparttar 144297 plumbing or crushrepparttar 144298 folds. Your body weight should be on your butt while riding, not your hands.

There should be a noticeable bend in your elbow as you riderepparttar 144299 brake hoods. This will keep your forearm more horizontal than your upper arm. Your position onrepparttar 144300 bike should give your body a good amount of flexibility. You should be able to makerepparttar 144301 necessary body movements without a strain while onrepparttar 144302 move. You can pushrepparttar 144303 seat a little back and keeprepparttar 144304 bars much higher. This will allow you to grabrepparttar 144305 tops (the straight section ofrepparttar 144306 bar next torepparttar 144307 stem) gently without "falling into" them.

Tips on Riding a Narrow Trail

Written by Murray Priestley

A narrow trail or single-track is one that is just wide enough for one biker a time. Sincerepparttar trail is narrow, you might not have any option about where to go! You would also need to preventrepparttar 144280 hitting of your pedals withrepparttar 144281 sides ofrepparttar 144282 trail.

Here arerepparttar 144283 tips to ride on a narrow/single-track trail

* Make yourself familiar with any local rules and regulations aboutrepparttar 144284 use ofrepparttar 144285 trail.

* Always ride at a slow and controlled speed. When making a turn, slow down adequately so you can stop quickly if needed.

* Scan your path for wild critters,repparttar 144286 snakes, squirrels, birds etc. It is a fact thatrepparttar 144287 animals generally make use of a single-track path as they find it more fitting, so be cautious.

* While making your way throughrepparttar 144288 trail, concentrate more on its openings rather thanrepparttar 144289 obstacles.

* Converse with other riders onrepparttar 144290 trail; warnrepparttar 144291 riders that you to wish to pass.

* Be yielding. Offerrepparttar 144292 trail to other riders. In case a rider who is going downhill comes your way while you are climbing, step aside and allow him/her to pass.

* In case you are unable to ride a particular part ofrepparttar 144293 trail, get downrepparttar 144294 bike and walk.

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