6 Beginner Mountain Bike Skills That You Can Learn Anywhere!

Hey what Firdous goes with phil recently I've been getting a lot of requests for more beginner related content so today we're gonna be looking at a few different skills and drills for beginner writers most of these skills and drills can be learned in just a simple parking lot before taking them to the trail so without wasting any more time let's jump into it this is called a track stand it's essentially bouncing in place without moving most parking lots and roads are not completely flat you can find a section of a parking lot that has a slight uphill slope and then try to hold yourself in place just by using a little forward force on your front pedal if you're finding a free-standing track stand to be difficult try balancing against a curb you can also use your front brake on your bike to help hold you in place learning to track sand will help teach you basic balance this is especially useful when navigating slow technical terrain out on the trails if you ever plan on riding clipless pedals this is something you'll definitely want to master before moving on this next one may look silly at first but it's actually quite useful for becoming a more fluid rider you see most riders are too stiff when they ride their bikes getting used to using the full range of movement of our body while riding a bike will help us absorb the train along the trails expanding on that it's useful knowing how to shift our body weight around to maintain balance a few things you can try on your own is to see how far over you can lean the bike without losing balance once you get good at that for an additional challenge try removing one of your legs and bring it over to the opposing side what this teaches is how to get loose while also helping you understand how your bike and body work together this next drill is what I personally call tire splitting when turning our back wheel does not follow the same path as a front wheel this is especially evident when making terms in technical training this is because our front wheel needs a larger turning radius than our back wheel a good way to get used to this is place two objects about foot apart here I'm using some rocks I found on the side of the road the goal of this exercise is to get our wheels on opposing side of the rock without touching them when making turns if you need an additional challenge at a third Rock and see how many different ways you can get your wheels around the rocks you may find this rather tricky at first but as you keep practicing it it will become second nature in my opinion this is one of the most overlooked skills test most riders learned this without even realizing it most mountain bike trails have at least a few really awkward tight turns and as we saw in the last drill our front wheel does not take the same path as our back wheel practicing really awkward tight turns in a parking lot can be a great way to help improve your skills while this may look easy I actually found this to be quite the challenge the idea is to be able to complete tight turns without picking up your front or back wheel you really have to focus on swinging wide with your front wheel before cutting in so your back wheel will clear the turn be sure to practice this in both directions I personally found it easier to turn towards my left and I did my right so that means I should probably be practicing right terms more often once you get good at making tight turns by keeping your wheels on the ground you can then go back and try to make tight turns by picking up your wheels the next skill is called ratcheting sometimes for whatever reason you can't fit in a full Aero stroke this could happen when there's a stump or rock on the ground that we might clip with our petal or it could be the gear we're stuck in it's just too hard by repeatedly backpedaling and punching your drivetrain we can continue to move forward without a full pedal stroke it's not often that you need to ratchet but it's quite useful to use in technical terrain the basic front wheel lift is one of the most important skills for beginner riders to learn in most cases as long as we get our front wheel over an object our back wheel will follow the best place to practice this is on a curb approach to the curb at a perpendicular angle in at a slow speed quickly lift your front wheel to get it up and on to the curb to do this you do not have to know how to wheelie or manual we're not trying to balance on our wheel just simply get it up and onto the curb once your front wheel is on top of the curve as long as you move your weight forward your back wheel should come with you but if you want to assist your back wheel onto the curb you can spring upwards and point your toes I find that when I do this I'm leaning forwards in that the majority of my weight is on the handlebars you can use the same technique to get up fairly large objects just be sure that in the process you don't pass your chain rank so there you go those are five skills and drills for beginner riders if this is your first time watching me go through the full video I'd love to have you subscribe and also check out some my other videos personally I'd recommend starting with my how to turn in line choice playlists in those videos you'll find a lot of information in subtle tricks about turning that you probably didn't know I'll leave a link to that playlist at the end of this video as always my name is Phil met thanks for playing bikes with me today now I'll see you guys next time

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  2. Fantastic video, thank you Phil! I started riding mountain bikes coming from a BMX background around 1998 and wish this video was available back then. I've learnt to do most of what's in here – the hard way, and the long way over time. It's a great refresher to watch, and I learnt a new trick too! Who says an old dog can't, haha.

  3. Phil! I love these videos. I have been studying them for awhile. I bought a 90s rigid MTB last year to hold myself over while I saved up for a Roscoe 7, which I just bought. The Roscoe (or probably most updated bikes, ha) feels AWESOME!!! I can apply these skills much better. It is very easy to get behind the seat even all the way up, and on my old bike the reach was so long, it was too hard. Easy to get loose on like in this video as well. Thanks for all of your help. I want to go rent and get a lesson at Highland sometime! Don't live too, too far away.

  4. I will say that if you've ridden a motorcycle around tight spaces, a bicycle is much easier and feels natural.

  5. Thanks Phil I'm a 34 yr old total beginner and got a lil bike happy taking out mtn bike for first time on a steep, very narrow trail for my first time… and after a few almost falls and fails I biked home and found this video! I WILL conquer this trail soon but will practice these drills first lmao

  6. When i rode bmx before i got pegs i would do the balance thingy and have both my legs on one side and hold on to the seat and handlebars it was fun did mess up a couple pedals tho 😅

  7. I’m sorry but all’s I hear is ‘burger king foot lettuce’ 😂😂 I’m joking this video helped a lot thank you Phil!

  8. Awesome sauce!! That was so useful!! I've been MTB riding for a couple of years now and I always get stuck at the same technical spot every time, at every trail. I always work strength and endurance, but never technique. All of the technique videos I've watched were way too technical so I never bothered. But this video really kept the skills attainable!! Thanks!!

  9. The balance thingy is literally something i do for fun and some times i sing WHEN THE LINE WHERE THE SKY MEETS THE SEA IT CAAAAAALLLS MEEEE

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