Video: Top 10 mountain biking mistakes

And some tips for avoiding them on your next ride

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The most common mountain biking mistakes and how to solve them.

Here’s a rundown of the most common mountain biking mistakes and tips for avoiding them (click to enlarge).

Learning to ride mountain bikes can be a painful and difficult process. It requires a delicate balance of strength, skill and fearlessness. During that education process we sometimes need to lean a little on crutches, say like using clipless pedals to bunnyhop. Here are the 10 common mistakes mountain bikers make courtesy of the Global Mountain Bike Network. Are you guilty of any of these faux pas?

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  • Smitty says:

    I ran over my wheel once with my car. I feel like that’s a mistake that should be avaoided too.

  • KeBean says:

    Good tips. Being aggressive is a good one. Sometimes you just have to dig deep to get over some of those obstacles and gut it out.

  • Johnny Rotten says:

    When climbing out of the saddle on my SS hardtail, if I lean over my bars a bit too much, it makes it easier for my back wheel to “spin out”, leaving me with no momentum, and a need to extremely quickly unclip, or I’m going over.

    So try not to lean too far forward in this situation; or you’ll not have enough weight on the back wheel for good traction…

  • dave says:

    Leaving the bike on the roofrack and going thru the McDonalds drive thru..

  • KC says:

    Thanks, great tips. How can I subscribe to your videos?

  • jim says:

    Floyd Christmas “Put another shrimp on the barbie”.

    seemed like there were more than 10 mistakes covered, anybody counting?

    what size were his wheels? I’m guessing 27.5? It seems the popularity of the 29er is ease the rollover of obstacles and make it less work versus lifting on the bars?

    I disagree with the foot position on the pedal. Your ball of your foot should be over the pedal as it acts as a pivot and your ankle is the hinge, soaking up shocks. It also acts as a lever for distance which when your calve muscles are developed, acts as a flipper. This flipper action accelerates the downward speed on the ball of your foot acting upon the peddle; translating into speed.

    if you look at Ryan Villopoto, MX champion, he rides on the balls of his feet for the agileness it affords. He can quickly shift his weight rearward as opposed to being firmly planted by a more forward foot position. of course if your clipped in, you don’t have much flexibility in movement on the peddles. I always preferred the ability to put my foot down, and I can’t imagine the damage to your knees by restricting torsional movement at your feet. It seems it would twist your ligaments at your knees, but I’m no knee surgeon.

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