While there is the age-old adage that you never forget to ride a bike, riding a mountain bike on a trail out in the wilderness is a different story. Riding your bike on flat terrain or riding a stationary bike at the gym is considered a cardiovascular exercise. But mountain biking on varied terrain can be a work out for several different muscle groups.
If you feel like taking the leap into mountain biking, here are a few things that you need to know before taking the plunge.
- Eat fresh veggies, fruit, and whole grains to build a base for endurance.
- Start with going on a few bike rides a week that are low intensity to build up your stamina.
- Gradually add more intense hiking and trails to your route.
- Learn how to lean your bike through turns, similar to carving on skis. This prevents you from losing momentum.
- There will be many obstacles along the trail including roots, rocks, and bumps. If they are small enough, you might be able to coast over them with no issue.
- For larger objects, mastering the front wheel lift is imperative. There are several articles which break down on the best way to lift your front wheel.
- There are also strategies that can be found online on how to best approach uphill obstacles. A method to use is lifting your front wheel and letting the backpedals do the work.
- Don’t forget to rest.
Like any exercise routine, starting off slow and working your way to more intensity is the best way to approach mountain biking. There are several tutorials online to show you how to best handle your bike so that you can stay safe while riding out in the wilderness.