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MTB for Newbies: Take the road less traveled

Posted On: Apr 10, 2018   |   Posted By: Trek Travel

MTB for Newbies: Take the road less traveled

We all love a good shred sesh, but what if you've never hit the trail on a mountain bike? Hear from Michael Flieg, a second-year guide, lifetime dirt lover and co-founder of St. Louis Mountain Bike Camps on his top tips for learning how to ditch the skinny tires and take the road less traveled.
1. Braking
Always use your brakes simultaneously, equally pressuring the front and rear brakes will optimize your ability to stop. Always brake with your pointer fingers only, this allows you to grip the handlebars with all your other fingers. Always keep that pointer finger resting on the brake for quick braking.
2. The right tires
Running the proper tire pressure for your rider weight with all gear plus the right tire tread for your trail conditions are crucial to getting the best traction and the overall best experience during your ride.
3. Equipment
Hard tail bikes take a lot more effort from the rider and make it harder to learn. Full suspension bikes are much more forgiving and will allow for more playful fun...

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