These Simple Tips Will Make Learning To Ride a Budget Bike EASIER! // Beginner Mountain Bike Guide



this video is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club learning to mount bike is a rewarding process but it's not without frustrations experienced riders can make impossible sections of trail seem like a walk in the park this can be discouraging to a new rider who's struggling with seemingly basic sections of trail but these riders have worn your place at one point today we're gonna cover everything you need to know as a beginner I'll clue you in on some secrets and help make the learning process a bit less frustrating for this video I'm going to be using this GT Avalanche GT of course is one of my channel sponsors but today we're using this bike which you can find at your local dick sporting goods store like many other entry level mount bikes this mountain bike comes with a three by drivetrain there are three gears in the front and nine in the back giving us upwards of 27 different gear combinations and if you're not familiar with this kind of shifting this can be somewhat overwhelming in the front the smallest gear is mainly used for climbing while the biggest gear this mainly used for commuting on the road or really fast sections of trail but most of our riding will take place in the middle gear this will give us enough range for tackling small climbs while also giving us enough resistance for tackling the most descents now it should be noted there are several gear combinations that we never want to use as you can imagine chains aren't very good at moving side to side a good rule of thumb is when in the easiest gear in the front avoid using the three hardest gears in the back and one in the hardest gear in the front avoid using the three easiest gears though these days many bikes are ditching the front derailleur coming equipped with a single gear in the front and a large range cassette in the back this effectively gives the rider the same gear options while simplifying the shifting process regardless of how many gears your bike has how and when you wanna shift remains the same shifting under load is when a rider shifts while putting a lot of force through their pedal when you shift under load it all sound like this this is an annoys order earlier will make when asking you for mercy instead we need to anticipate when we need to shift and shift when we are pedaling lightly on a similar note you need to be pedaling in order to shift it's also a good idea to only shift one or two years at a time your cassette has these dedicated ramps that help shift from one gear to the next and they only come around once or twice per revolution these days even entry-level mountain bikes come setup with disc brakes you only need your index fingers to bring you to a full stop if you find that difficult you may need to move the brake lever away from the grip this will make the brake lever easier to pull and on the lover blade there's a reach adjust screw which determines how far in and out the lever is this helps accomodate riders with different sized hands in general you want your lover blade to be in line with your forearm when you're in your writing position many riders tend to over rely on the rear brake this causes them to skid once your tire breaks traction you lose all your stopping power if you find yourself skidding let off the brake a little bit until your tire regains traction that being said most of your braking power will come from your front brake it's pretty understandable for new riders to be a bit hesitant to grab the front brake but as long as you keep most of your weight on your feet and your head behind a steer tube cap you should have no problems social worth noting that brakes are not binary they're not just on or off we can apply it a little or a lot of stopping force depending on how hard you grab the lever needless to say you want to get used to how your brakes behave before you actually need them when descending there are two main types of turns will run into flat turns and turns with a bank which are better known as berms either way in both types of turns we want to keep her chest low and an arm slightly bent to lower center of gravity while keeping our head up to see where we're going on a related note many riders have the tendency to look straight in from the front wheel whether it be turning or riding in a straight line looking further ahead gives us more time to anticipate trail features and react accordingly on flat turns it's a good idea to drop your outside foot this will give your tyrunt's better traction and also lowers gravity the more weight you have directly above the contact patch of your tire the more your tire will want to dig in and the better traction you'll have on the other hand and firms since the terrain is banked we're usually not as concerned with the traction and instead we are resisting the g-forces of the turn so in most cases we'll keep our feet level that being said sometimes the berm is not quite steep enough for the amount of speed or carrying those situations we may drop her outside foot to try to get a little bit more traction regardless of the turn type we want to do most of our braking right before we get to the turn applying the brakes while in the turn makes it very difficult for a tires to get a grip this can cause us to wash out when climbing switchbacks many beginner riders tend to hug the inside of a turn but as you can see from watching this video both our front and back wheels take two different paths let your front wheel swing out wide to make the turn easier another thing to consider is that you don't always have to be pedaling in fact coasting is one of the best ways to get over certain obstacles but when you do coast be sure to keep your pedals level this will minimize the chances of your pedals clipping protruding obstacles on the trail and then listen to that don't be afraid to stand up and get out your saddle even if it's only first but second it makes a big difference this also applies to climbing don't be afraid to get up out of your saddle to ascend a quick punchy Hill get up over some chunky roots or to help your weight while getting up a Ledge when descending though most of our time is gonna be spent standing up standing up will allow us to shift our body weight around to absorb the terrain for that reason it's a good idea on any long descent to drop or seat this will give our legs more range of movement and allow us to get over a rough terrain without getting caught up on our seat one of the more important concepts to consider is light hands heavy feet that means you don't want to be leaning on your handlebars instead you want to keep the majority of your weight under feet this will allow your front wheel to smoothly roll over rough terrain without it getting caught up ideally you should be able to stand up on your pedals without using your hands for balance this will ensure that your weight is centered between the two wheels and that you're not leaning on your handlebars you'll find that the same technique applies to steep road downs and even small drops line choice can make an easy section arrow caught in a difficult section of trail easy in this line not only do I have to thread the needle through the rocks I also have to tie my petal chokes while leaning my bike around the tree notice how I quickly backed out here that's called ratcheting you use this when you need to time your pedal strokes or you can't get a full pedal stroke in but this inside line makes it so I don't have to do any of that and this makes that section much easier in this section the main line actually is it to bed however if we look closely there's a tricky route at the top when wet this route can cause issues unless obvious line is to come inside and get our turning done later this avoids that route altogether neither these two line creases are wrong but in this situation the inside is certainly easier on many switchbacks feel closely there's an outside line on the high side of the turn this outside line allows a rider to get most of their turning done earlier and reduces the chances of blowing out the turn sadly I can't cover every aspect of mountain biking in one single video so in the description below I'll leave a link to some more beginner friendly skills let's take a moment to talk about today's sponsor Dollar Shave Club despite what their name implies Dollar Shave Club has you covered for more than just shaving products if they now include shower oral care deodorants and even butt wipes right now they have this great offer where you can get their shave shower or oral starter set for five bucks each the shave set comes with an executive razor and three one ounce tubes of their doctor Carver shave products this includes the prep scrubs the shaved butter and the post shave do the oral starter set comes with a weighty toothbrush and a trowel sized version of their toothpaste last but not least is a shower starter set this is a three trowel sized version of their amber lavender body 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35 thoughts on “These Simple Tips Will Make Learning To Ride a Budget Bike EASIER! // Beginner Mountain Bike Guide”

  1. Nice video, as always! It's ASININE that the biking industry is still using 3x front rings with a front derailleur. Beginners are the ones that need the absolute least things to worry about, and if you can eliminate one complete shifter, that's a HUGE benefit to someone just learning. Never mind the fact that front derailleurs are almost impossible to keep tuned. An economy 1x system is the way to go, and the old school 3x is just silly for anyone mountain biking. That SHOULD NOT be how the mfr.'s segment bikes out by price point. Extra crap for beginners to deal with, more weight, and less reliable. No bueno.

    That's my rant on this. WAKE UP GT, and all of the other manufacturers!! All I have to do is put someone on some of the Jamis bikes entry level bikes with a 1x system vs. any 3x, and after a short ride in the parking lot, the extra measley $100.00 in price point evaporates. Sorry GT…I know Phil is a sponsored rider, but you guys need to up your game a bit on the entry level side. 😉 NO MORE 2 or 3x systems!!

  2. This is a great video with a ton of great advice. Having just gotten back into MTB after a long absence, I can say one of the best things for a new rider to focus on is endurance. If you're too beat to control the bike 1/2 way through the ride all the skills in the world won't help you.

  3. So I. Been riding bmx and hardtails my hole life thrashing the heck out of them. just bought a gt sanction. Elite 27.5 160mm travle bike and find it hard to bhop now I'm not sure if it's my setup or if I have to relearn how to ride duel.suspencion ?

  4. Good to see you REALLY helping to new comers, youtubers tend to forget about the new comers and good to see good information for the new guys

  5. Yo Phil! I got a question for you. I’m faced with the choice of either getting an Xc bike or a downhill bike. It would be my only bike because of my right budget. What should I get? I want the bike to really last and to be able to do anything I throw at it, however I do commute to school on my bike almost everyday.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to make this video. Good pointers and explained to make it easy to remember. I just subscribed and will take a look at your other videos!

  7. This is very informative and helpful and it is more relevant for a beginner since you used an entry level bike in this guide. Thumbs up!

  8. Hey! Nice to see you at nemba fest. I didn’t have a chance to say hi but I was at the country store and saw your better half lol. Hope you guys are having fun.

  9. Phil is an unparalleled genius at structuring, explaining and demonstrating mountain bike skills and techniques. Gives you a solid process to visualise and follow out on the Trail

  10. Oh this is my girlfriend bike.
    Just gave her mavic crossride with tubeless tires.
    Those bike are really good entry level bike.

  11. I remember when my brakes came out to me as non binary. I was so concerned and confused, but I quickly learned to accept them and love them.

  12. hey I have never been interested in any of the crap that people hock on youtube but I think I might order a trial set just to support Phil… my question is, why does it seem like they're trying to trick me into agreeing to purchase the "refill" that they automatically ship 2 weeks later? there's a bunch of places where they make vague statements about being able to cancel at any time or customize each shipment, but there's not any statement that clearly says that you don't have to commit to that 2nd shipment.

  13. Thought about coverting my GT XCR that I use for commuting to a 1x, but then I broke down coming home from Bent Creek and had to ride my Nomad home. Appreciated the 3x as soon as I realize my to speed just wasn't what my GT would give me.

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