Mountain Biking Vacation in St George Utah

Mountain biking is a dynamic sport is more ways than one. Aside from riding trails, climbing hills, and negotiating tricky downhills. the actual riding conditions are as consistent as Mother Natures mood. A smooth, single-track ride one weekend can, after a downpour, turn into a wheel-jamming mudfest that can wreak havoc on equipment, and piss off your laundry man. We spent some time while on a vacation in St George Utah doing some mountain biking.

Advancements in design, components and equipment also mean that riders can now ride faster, farther, and with more comfort and confidence than before, albeit at the expense of your bank accounts. But the real focus of the sport is not who’s got the latest fork, most expensive set of wheels, or flashiest jersey. All these accouterments don’t mean anything if you yourself are not ready and knowledgeable. Here are tips for you to keep your trail-riding trouble-free and worthwhile.

Mountain biking in St GeorgePhoto Credit:Johan Bichel Lindegaard

Techniques

Learn to absorb any shock. No matter how expensive your hydraulics are, your most reliable shock absorbers will still be your arms and legs. Always keep a loose grip especially on rough terrains to absorb the shock. It will also help if you distribute your weight evenly between your hands and feet.

Prepare for climbs. On steep climbs, the front wheel must always be grounded and the rear traction must not be lost. Your torso must be positioned over the handlebar but your hips low and back in order that the rear wheel will maintain its grip. For extremely steep hills, sit on the front-most part of your saddle for maximum power in pedaling  Also don’t forget to wear a strong pair of bike shorts.

Familiarize yourself with shifting. Especially when going uphill, know the level of gear that you must maintain so that you can ascend with ease.

Always look ahead. Always have an overview of what’s ahead of you – about 20 feet ahead. There may be times where you want to observe your surroundings but always keep one eye on the trail ahead. Try to visualize a straight line on your path.

Transfer your weight. There is a chance that you may suffer injuries and falls if you do not know how to quickly transfer your weight during your ride. If there is a different path, lean back and pull up the handlebar slightly to lift the bike’s front wheel then transfer your weight to the front immediately by pushing down lightly on the handlebar and lift the rear wheel with your legs.

Be careful in your descends. Don’t be too stiff and too firm when biking. You should be relaxed and loose. Keep your elbows and knees bent to absorb shocks from bumps. On extreme slopes, keep your arms straight and move at the behind of your seat to transfer the weight to the back from the front.

Equipment

While generally, mountain biking is more affordable that road biking, it can still be an expensive outdoor activity with all the accessories that you may want to add. But not all accessories and upgrades are essential. For some people. a bike and a helmet is all they need. Here are some tips in purchasing the right bike:

Know the kind of bike for you. Mountain bikes have many different varieties and most of them are appropriate for beginners. But be careful as there are other varieties that may be difficult for starters such as downhill bikes. They usually have full suspension on them but is quite heavy compared to most bikes making it difficult for you to navigate.

Get a light frame. A good bike starts from the frame which is the metal polygon in your bike. For beginners, it is advisable to get a lightweight one which is usually made of aluminum. You can do away with your stock components. Just get an expensive one when your old ones get broken or lost.

Ask for assistance. As much as possible avoid buying your first bike alone. Look for professionals who can assist you in finding your bike. If you cannot find a professional then maybe a friend of yours who is curious and particular to details can help you.