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Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

January 28th, 2020

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has some of the best Mountain Bike Trails in Melbourne and it’s perfect for experts but also beginners. Our trails are designed for all levels and as our mountain is so big we have set up different trails for varying levels of experience.

Our staff will be able to help you decide which trail is best for you, so be sure to ask for guidance once you arrive on the mountain.

First thing is safety, you must ride with at least a helmet but for beginners we also advise on wrist and knee pads on your first few trails for further protection. You will most likely have a wipe out or two so better to be prepared for it.

Go easy on the brakes

Most beginners will be brake (trigger) happy and will at times no let go of the brakes. The main skill to learn is to first understand the section you’re about to traverse, adjust your speed and maintain your speed throughout. Your brakes are your friend but don’t squeeze them with all you got, go easy on the breaks and your speed and momentum will help you down the trails more so than your constant use of the brakes.

This takes time to master, but an important tip to always consider is, go easy on the brakes.

Look where you want you and your bike to go

It’s widely known that staring at what you don’t want to hit will almost ensure you hit it. Our advice is knowing the areas you want to avoid but don’t fixate on them. So, look past the obstacles to where you want to go, keeping your eyes forward, your chin level to the ground, look forward at where you are going and let your peripheral vision negotiate and avoid obstacles in front of you.

Don’t be afraid to use your gears (all of them)

Most trails are both down and uphill, ours are no different. This will mean you’ll need to use all your gears are you traverse the trails. Our advice for beginners is to first understand your gears and which are better for up, down, rocks, jumps, sharp turns etc. Once you know that, it’s up to you to shift your gears before it’s too late, as you at all times want to keep your momentum, which you will soon learn is your best friend.

Maintain momentum

Be at one with momentum as momentum is your best friend on all trails. It might feel scary and wrong to hold speed or even go faster as the mountain bike trails get more challenging but the one thing your bike needs is to keep moving forward is momentum.

Go easy on the brakes and your momentum should always be there. If you lose momentum you will need to get those legs moving, another reason why mountain biking is better for your fitness over road riding.

Shifting your weight

On every trail you go on there will be both steep inclines and declines. When climbing we advise you shift your weight forward as it helps to further build momentum and when going downhill it’s best to sit back over the rear wheel, this is also for safety so you don’t go over the front handle bars

Stay loose

Your job is to stay on the bike, steer and get the momentum going. Your bikes job is to handle the trail and obstacles. A couple of extra tips;

  • Hover your butt of the seat when riding over obstacles like roots and rocks.
  • When going downhill let your elbows fly out and your legs be loose as you roll (with momentum) down the trail.
  • If you lose momentum and you’re going uphill, it might be best to jump off and walk you and your bike up to the next section.
  • One more time, go easy on the brakes