Tricks to face downhills by bicycle
However, although they may impress at first, with the correct preparation of the bike and losing the fear of falls (being prepared for it), is the most exciting way to get the most out of our mountain bike. How should we face the descents by bike?
Lose his fear… little by little
It’s more than logical that at first, you may find it difficult to make descents through the steep mountain terrain. That’s why it’s a good idea to gradually lose your fear and gain some mastery before facing an exciting mountain tour.
Begin by moving from asphalt to earthen terrain, and little by little you see the difficulty of the layout increasing (smooth earthen descents, delimited steep earthen descents…) until you end up in a virgin terrain as a final test.
For this last one, it is very important that we previously know it, not to find surprises that can suppose a bad drink to us, as well as that they are not far from places of transit for if we had some mishap.
Safety and firmness first of all
To lose the fear of shooting in virgin areas nothing like having the best safety equipment to avoid scares, falls and bad drinks.
The helmet is a must in these journeys are the experienced level that we are, which must be followed by good knees and elbows, but are not the only safety measures to take into account: control the level of braking, the state of the pads and the attachment of the wheel to the ground are other points to take into account to enjoy the journey fully without jolts.
Prepare your bike for the terrain
Just like a city bike is not the same as a mountain bike, riding on asphalt does not require the same configuration as riding on dirt and stones. To do this, consider modifying the following elements of the bike:
- Lower the seat post: the seat post is the bar that holds the seat to the frame of the bike, and having it in a low position will help you to shift the weight back without the risk of hooking up with the saddle, gaining stability.
- It increases the pressure in the fork: dry braking with long travel and low forks pressure produces the feared fall over the handlebars, so an increase in pressure does not ensure that we do not fall, but do it in a more controlled and less abrupt.
- Lower the pressure of the shock absorber: for the same reason, subtracting pressure on the rear wheel allows you to get a more open angle of attack of the fork, allowing the bike to settle better and grip better.
- Raise the handlebars: high steering and braking allow for greater balance and stability by locating the balance point around the saddle, where most of the weight is located. This helps us not to lose control and to be more comfortable.
If it pays off… uses wide tyres
Mountain bikes are like the more and more fashionable crossover or urban off-roaders: they are vehicles made especially for uneven terrain and do not get as much performance as possible only on asphalt, where they also offer a good ride.
For this reason, their configuration makes them specially equipped to pass from the city to the mountain without problems using simple adjustments such as those previously seen. However, there is still one slope that can make mountain shooting even easier: a suitable tyre.
If you think you’re going to make a lot of money from your mountain outings or that your hobby is going to increase (which we don’t doubt when you try the adrenaline of riding in the middle of nature), the best thing is to get a set of tyres to use especially in the mountains and leave the ones that the bicycle incorporates for daily use on the asphalt.