With the West Coast and many other regions of the world are being hit with heavy rain, riding the local trails is not always an option – if you don’t want to run afoul with the etiquette gods. I live in a region where the trails are comprised of soils that do not tolerate wet weather riding, and the kind folks who build and maintain those trails tolerate it even less.
To remain good trail stewards and avoid being beat down with a McLeod or Pulaski, we stay off the trails when they are too wet. Instead we search the interwebs for cycling news and reviews, plotting our next baller bike build. But what we should be doing is waiting for breaks in the rain to practice drills to enhance our riding skills.
There are hundreds of great “How To” MTB videos on the internet. I suggest taking a moment to think about what skill or technique you have the most trouble with, and then search YouTube for appropriate videos from recognized/certified instructors or content creators such as the Global Mountain Bike Network or Ryan Leech.
Another option is Skills With Phil’s latest video, “5 Beginner Bike Skills That You Can Learn Without Trails!!” I previewed this video with my girlfriend, an IMBA/ICP Certified Level 2 Instructor to ensure I wasn’t sharing poor information. She gave it the thumbs up.
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