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Mountain Biking Essentials. Learn how to climb, descend, turn and tackle obstacles with confidence—along with first-aid tips to use when things go south. Then find out how to help make sure your favorite mountain bike playground stays open. It takes two seconds to ride over a log. It takes 10 more to slow down, stop, dismount, swear, drag your bike over the obstacle, remount and catch your friends who have vanished around the bend. With the right technique, you can clear logs faster than a real estate developer and keep sailing down the trail.
“It’s all about maintaining momentum,” says professional freerider and mountain bike coach Jay Hoots, of British Columbia, who offers clinics and instruction through Hoots Inc.
You won’t clear a twig if you can’t control your front wheel. “You need to be able to lift your front wheel onto the obstacle you’re trying to clear,” says Hoots. The easiest place to hone your skills is on a curb, because you can practice lifting without worrying about what’s on the other side. Here’s how: Roll toward a curb. When you’re a few feet away, stand on level pedals, keeping your elbows and knees slightly bent and ready for action. When you’re almost there (within about a foot), compress the front end and immediately pull up on the bar to place the wheel onto the curb.
HIT THE PARKING LOT. Lifting the rear wheel is where most riders fizzle, because it feels unnatural at first. In a deserted parking lot, practice by lifting back and up with your feet as you thrust your shoulders forward. “The motion is similar to an eagle swooping down and grabbing a fish in its talons,” says Hoots. Your feet come around the pedal stroke, “grab” the pedals, and kick back to lift the rear end. “Don’t do the ‘humper pumper move’ and try to pump just your hips down to generate the lift,” cautions Hoots. “ All that does is force your body weight down into the bike instead of up and over the obstacles.”
Take Your Skills to the Trail
PUSH THE FRONT OVER. This step happens simultaneously with the next, but it’s important not to skip it if you don’t want to take a trip over your bar. Using your curb jumping technique, pull your front wheel up and onto the log. When your front wheel starts to roll over the top of the log, push through with your bar with your butt back and hovering over the saddle—to keep your momentum moving forward. Do not touch your brakes—it’ll wreck your momentum.
PULL UP THE REAR. You will bash your chain ring into the log a few times as you practice lifting the back end. Just keep pedaling and pushing the bike forward as you normally would, and you’ll be able to dig in and ratchet up and over the log without stalling out. Remember to keep your weight centered as you bring up the rear to avoid going over the bar. Follow through once you’ve made it over. If you stop mid-log, you’ll tip over.
If you’re interested in growing your uphill-riding prowess, follow Gould’s advice for tackling the technical sections that often bring hard-charging climbers to a halt…as well as the best way to restart if you do get stalled on a climb. If it works for Gould, it’s gotta be gold.
ROLL OVER ROCKS. On rock-strewn climbs, shift into a harder gear. It will prevent you from spinning out, and provide extra power for clearing bigger obstacles, says Gould. “Plus,” she says, “it boosts your speed, which keeps you from getting snagged on smaller stuff.”
The downside: The increased effort will spike your heart rate, making it tough to sustain for long periods. When the trail smoothes out, spin in an easier gear to ease your suffering.
LOFT OVER LOGS. The trick here, says Gould, is learning to throw your bike forward. “I get my front wheel on top of the log first,” she says, “and then push my momentum into the bike to get it over.”
Start from a seated position (again, in a big gear). As you approach the log, give your forward pedal a stab and lean back quickly but slightly to pull the wheel into the air and onto the log. As the front wheel hits, stand on the pedals as you push the bike forward with your hands and let the saddle move forward under you. The front wheel should just touch the log before proceeding; you’ll end up over the log, pedaling from a standing position, slightly behind the saddle.