How To Conquer The Rocky And Uneven Bicycling Pathways?

You might be having a wonderful and quality bike on, which you have covered 500 to 1000 miles. But while riding on rocky and uneven pathways is certainly a whole new level for biking. For riding on the rocky and uneven bicycling pathways, one needs to master the riding skills, the physical condition of the body and coordinating between the bike and the mind. All these skills will help you to distinguish yourself from a newbie.

If you are into bicycling from long times, then you might have sharpened your skills. You must have become fearless while riding your bike on streets. Biking on the rocky and uneven pathways is a challenge to every biker that one has to face.

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If you want to conquer the rocky and uneven bicycling pathways then you need to keep these aspects in mind:

1. Body Position

Body position is the biggest key to getting success in conquering the rocky and uneven bicycling pathways. These types of pathways are generally found when you are riding in mountains. Mountain bike trails are full of rocks, ruts, mud, sand, and roots. The trails are uneven, which provides a real challenge to the bikers.

Although riding this kind of pathways are fun and exciting, but beginners do get nervous while riding on them. The right body position will help you get through these tricky sections of the rocky and uneven pathways. There is normally two type of body positions: Neutral body position and ready body position.

2. Neutral Body Position

This type of body position is maintained when you are riding through nontechnical sections of the pathways. Maintaining neutral body position will help you rolling along the pathways efficiently and comfortably. This will even allow you to attain ready position easily for technical section of the pathways.

For a neutral position you must keep these things in mind:

  • You should level your pedals that are evenly weighted
  • Slightly bend your knees and elbows
  • Your index fingers should remain on the brakes all the time you are riding
  • You should keep your eyes 15 to 20 ft onwards and always look there where you are headed not where you don’t.

3. Ready Position

When the pathways get rockier and steeper, it is the time to get into ready position. The ready position will prepare you mentally and physically to handle the technical sections of the trails. While getting the ready position you must keep these things in mind:

  • Put even weight on the pedals to level them.
  • Your knees and elbows should be deeply bent.
  • Your rear end of the seat and your hips must be shifted back.
  • Make your back completely flat and make it parallel to the ground.
  • Your index fingers must be on the brakes all of the time.
  • You should keep your eyes 15 to 20 ft onwards and always look there where you are headed not where you don’t.

Adjusting the Seat Position of the Bike: Positioning the seat of your bike will help you in attaining the right body position to climb and descend on the rocky and uneven pathways.

Seat Position while Climbing: Climbing requires great power in the body. You should adjust your seat to get the maximum efficiency of the body while pedalling. Put your foot at the bottom of the pedal stroke with a slight bend in your leg. This bend should reach about 80 to 90 percent of your full leg extension. This will increase your pedalling efficiency by using your major leg muscles.

Seat Position while Descending: When you are descending from rocky, and uneven paths drop your seat about 2 to 3 inches from the height that you have used while climbing. Lowering the seat will lower the gravity of the body, which will allow you to get a better control on the bike, and you will gain more confidence through steep pathways. You can also experiment with varied heights of the seat while descending. Always choose that height of the seat in, which you are comfortable to ride.

Always Set a Trail of Your Ride: This is the most common mistake that beginners do. They never look after the trail of their ride. They just prefer to go with the wind. This is wrong. If you want to conquer the rocky and uneven bicycling pathways, then you need to follow a trail. You need to stick to the trail. These trails contain many hurdles, so keep your skills and experience in mind while choosing the trail. Maybe something can prove to challenge to you and for other it may be a fun shop.

To set a trail and choose your line you need to keep these things in mind:

  • Keep your eyes 15 to 20 ft ahead.
  • Then move your eyes towards your back tire. This will allow your mind to absorb a lot of information about the trail.
  • Know the hazards and hurdles ahead. This will allow you to balance and control your bike while riding through them.

4. Braking

Braking seems easy to many of us, but it is one of the most important things to master upon while riding on rocky and uneven pathways. Braking helps to maintain the balance and control the bike. It will add safety to you also. It is always suggested to apply brakes consistently and smoothly.

Most of the power of brakes comes from the front brake, but you should not use it all of a sudden. Applying front brake suddenly will make you fall badly, and you can get an injury so know the terrain and apply both the brakes consistently.

5. Shifting

It is always good to know that when to shift up and when to shift down while riding. The beginners should often shift while riding this will allow you to know about proper shifting. It is always suggested to shift early and do not wait for the right time to come.

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Conclusion

These are some of the skill sets that you can follow to conquer to rocky and uneven bicycling pathways. For further details, please comment below.

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