Top 10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Know

Top 10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Know


– Mountain bikers should be
a versatile, practical bunch ’cause often we spend our time
out in the middle of nowhere riding quite dangerous things. So in this video, we’re talking about 10 things you really
should know when it comes to maintaining your bike and riding it. (calm techno music) Moving around on the bike is as simple as just moving
your hips front to back, but also side to side. You really need to learn
where that movement, you know, the limits of that movement are. So right down to that back
wheel and up and forward. And what you often see with
beginner and intermediate riders is they don’t move enough or that’s because they move
too far at the wrong time and had a crash because of it. So it’s really getting comfortable
with that arc of movement and knowing when to use it. (calm music) And when it comes to cornering, that’s when you start moving your hips around the side of the bike. So, trying to keep to the outside, when I’m going round
this right-hand corner, my hips are now to the
left-hand side of the saddle. Obviously, vice versa
for left-hand corners. Bunny hopping, yes, it’s the big one that really sets mountain
biking apart from road cycling. Okay, once a year Peter
Sagan does hop up a curb and the road cyclists
absolutely lose their (bleep). But with mountain biking, it’s really not a hard skill to learn. You can do it in an afternoon and you can use it hundreds
of times on a ride, especially when it comes
to jumping properly and riding technical terrain. We’ve done absolutely loads of videos about how to bunny hop,
so check those out. But the most common
mistakes are always people trying to use their muscles. So, trying to use their
arms and their legs to muscle the bike up and into the air. And it’s all about using
your weight to do it. The “M” Check. Now, this is a really simple
safety check of the bike to make sure it’s ready to ride,
nothing’s going to fall off. I’ve definitely seen lots of crashes and lots of unexpected mechanicals that could’ve been avoided just
by doing this simple check. So, called the “M” check ’cause it’s in the shape
of an M on the bike. So, starting down at the front
wheel, check that it’s tight, whatever you’ve got there. Got one of those Maxles. You can kind of look at it
and tell that it’s tight, but I definitely like to double-check it. Turn the front wheel, go around, give the spokes a squeeze together. They shouldn’t move
any more than, sort of, a couple of millimeters. If they do, then you got a loose spoke and that needs addressing. Tire pressure, ready to roll. Right, up to the bars. Check out if it’s nice and tight. Really with bars these
things don’t come loose, but you might as well have
a bit of a fiddle with them. Down to the BB, grab your
crank arm, give it a wobble, be able to feel if any of
your bearing’s starting to go on the bottom bracket or
even on your suspension. Same with pedals, give ’em a spin. Up to saddle. Again, like bars, don’t really
come loose, these things. Check these bolts if needs be. And, final part of the M,
down to the rear wheel. Same as the front, check your axle. These can come loose if you’re
riding pretty rough trails. That one’s maybe a little bit loose. Again, check the spokes. And whilst I’m here, I can
check the brake pads visually. Being first aid trained is
something that’s often overlooked in our sport. And it’s something, you know,
I’ve been around in the sport for maybe 25 years and I’ve seen, and had, my fair share of injuries. So knowing what to do in those situations can make the difference
between life and death. Now, often it’s just a
case of helping someone out who maybe has broken a wrist
or broken a collarbone. But you do see and hear of
much more serious injuries out on the trail. So, when I was a coach, I
had to be first aid trained. So I took a course, it
was three day course, really specific into,
sort of, outdoor sports and now I refresher every three years. And whilst, maybe, I can’t
remember everything about it, I can remember enough to
hopefully make a difference out on the trail. So definitely recommend getting out there and looking for a first aid course. What is essential riding equipment? Well, helmet, definitely. Gloves, yeah, good idea. Good pair of shoes, also. What about glasses? Well, yes, they’re protecting your eyes from dust, dirt, flying bugs, branches. But are they more than just eye defenders? Do they actually help you ride faster and affect your performance? Getting the right saddle height. Now this is probably the most boring thing that every mountain biker should know, but if you get it wrong
you’ll know about it. You’ll get sore hips, sore bum, not get as much power as possible. So, you want it set at the right height, at maximum extension if
you’ve got a dropper post, so that you’ve got a still
slight bend in your knee and your hips aren’t rocking side by side. A quick way of setting your saddle height is maybe a little bit old school, is to put your heel on
the axle of the pedal and then your leg should
be pretty much straight. Once you put your ball
of your foot back there, you’ll have a bit of bend in your knee. How to set sag. Now, with a full suspension bike and air suspension’s
probably the most common one, it’s super easy. All you need is a shock pump. All you need to do is
adjust this up or down until you get about 30% sag. When you lower yourself
gently onto the bike wearing your normal riding kit so you weigh what you normally
do when you’re on the bike, so super easy to do. Shock pump out and use that rubber ring that you should have on your
shock to get it to about 30%. So, you want to lower yourself gently on so you don’t bounce on the rear shock, just so all your weight is sat above it. There you go. Maybe 31, 32%, I’ll try that. The fork is exactly the same idea, but I would run slightly
less, more about 25% sag. On this Rockshox Lyrik,
it says it’s 170 fork, so 170 and gives me a guide. So I want it to sit ‘about there, 25%. And with the fork, the easiest
way of doing it is, again, don’t bounce your bike,
get up and roll along. And I like to get my
shoulders just above the bars to get some weight onto it and then don’t use your front brake. Um, what’s that? It’s about 28%, probably. So maybe a little bit soft. How to fix a flat. Now, this is something
that everyone should learn with a bit of experience. Sometimes, experience is emergency, when you’ve just go to do it and you haven’t learnt
how to do it properly. And just, you know, maintaining
your bike, changing tires, you’ll learn how tight your
tires are on your rims. Might need to take
things like tire levers. Also with tubeless. You still need to carry a
spare tube most of the time, ’cause if you rip a
tire, you can’t fix that, you’d have to put something in it. You can get tubeless plugs. There’s various different
ways of fixing your tires. Again, keep trying different methods. Bit of experience, you’ll
learn how to get yourself out of most situations. So there’s 10 things every
mountain biker should know. I bet you all know ’em already, but thanks for watching. If you want to see a video
where Blake tells you how to learn how to crash, over there, it’s very entertaining. If you want to see one from Doddy about how to fix your tubeless
tires in a bit more detail, down there for that one. Thumbs up and hit that subscribe.

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  1. If your a flat pedal rider and bounce around a lot,keep your heels to the grount and its going to keep your weight back without having to lean back and loop out.

  2. REQUEST You should make a video on how to avoid peddle strikes (practice, set up etc). You have made some videos in the past. But a in depth one would be cool. Since that´s the thing i hate the most about Mountainbiking. That and Bikes with yellow rims. Yuck!

  3. My home trails can get very remote and rugged (Pisgah Natl Forest in NC) and rescue can take quite a few hours if not the next day. I’ve seen some pretty bad injuries on the trails so I took a First Aid and CPR course with the Natl Forest Service and now carry a small first aid kit in my hydration pack. I make sure my riding partners know I have it and where it is. It could literally save someone’s or my life. Now if I could only get my riding partners to take the training 🙄

  4. 2:35 I got a broken leg because an OEM didn't check whether the spacers the used on the steerer were compatible with the stem. Hence the stem was clamped to the spacer and not the steerer. So they do come loose

  5. Always carry basic first aid..just some cleansing wipes, large self adhesive dressings, plasters…and importantly new/clean latex gloves (to protect me from others blood and stop my muddy sweaty hands touching their wounds).
    Takes up no space at all hardly, less than a smart phone.

  6. 1:30 Did I understand correctly, that you could learn bunnyhopping in one afternoon? That's definitely not true for me and many other people. 🙂

  7. I should do the m check regularly because my the bolt holding my jockey wheel rattled loose and the whole jockey wheel fell off.

  8. About 5 or 6 years ago I had a cheap hardtail with rim brakes.. I took the bike on some of the knarliest trails possible, no hills just skidoo and hiking trails with non stop rocks and roots for days. I had no idea how to properly maintain or adjust the bike, I just rode. I think it was the very high tire pressure I kept that saved me from flats. In some spots it would have taken me 2 or 3 hours to walk to the nearest road. I guess I was lucky.
    Now with a new moderately priced hardtail and infinitely more knowledge about biking I don't go anywhere without a stash of tools, a tire and shock pump, a spare tube and at least 2.5l of water. The more I know the more weary I am about being a dozen km in the bush.

  9. Always have a first aid kit and survival kit
    You might only be a mile away from a road but with a broken leg an a broken phone you’re going nowhere and in the forest no one can hear your screams 😫

  10. I have had all kinds of first aid training, but I found a first aid app that I downloaded. Has everything on there that you could ever imagine.

  11. I NEED HELP!!!

    Earlier today I was routing a new dropper cable through my frame, and I dont have one of those fancy cable routing kits, so I used a 3mm hex wrench to get the cable trouch the hole in the bottom, well, as you would have guessed I DROPPED THE DAMN THING IN THERE. (I feel really dumb but it had worked 3 times already so my brain went dull) So now I got a 3mm hex stuck inside my frame, and it's very annoying. What should I do next? Should I buy the kit now and try to fish the wrench back? or make a hole in the frame??? Seriously if anyone has any ideas please let me know!

  12. Can anybody help me? I have Bontrager XR2 29×2.2 and Continental Mountain King 29×2.4 which should I put in the front and which in the rear?

  13. https://darkangelmedical.com/ – This website has free medical training along with paid classes. It's nice to have that knowledge and kit with you on a trail.

  14. First Aid knowledge is totally key. It's the only reason I'm comfortable riding alone as much as I do. Most people I ride with would die if they screwed up without someone around because they just don't have the knowledge.

  15. Went today for an after office ride, and after the first drop, I noticed I haven't any braking power on the rear. The locking pin had fallen off and the pads were completely hanging by the upper side of the caliper. Had to improvise a wire on the trail and a couple of zip ties to hold it, so yeah, I failed at the M check

  16. Can't agree with you more on the first aid point, I'm a St John ambulance volunteer and we attend alot of mountain and cross country events as we are based near a large bike park and we see alot of people getting hurt while their fellow riders just stand around getting Facebook pictures.

  17. GMBN is the best MTB Chanel!!! You’ve inspired me to actually created my own channel with MTB & BMX videos, come check it out I always follow back!!

  18. Manual in an afternoon? Not on my 29er with a long stem. Had a go on a 26" today, much easier. I'll get a shorter stem and try again on mine. But good to know you think it is do-able!

  19. Gracias por compartir tips y trucos de cómo andar mejor en bicicleta o realmente aprender a mejorar en ella. Siempre es grato ver sus videos y aprender de estos un gran abrazo para todos desde chile

  20. you know when you watch every GMBN vid when you notice the same footage in different videos..lol…like the editor didnt think us peasants would notice!!! Glasses anyone!!!!

  21. The first aid kit is a good idea I’ve overlooked. I went OTB last month. I dislocated my thumb, and was scraped up pretty good. Luckily I was on a group ride, and people stopped to make sure I was okay. I was very close to my truck, so I was able to cleanup my cuts, and popped my thumb back into place back at my truck.

  22. It seem like i can't do that bunny hop, damn! My MTB has no shock, it's just a normal mtb, breaks in the rims not in the disk.

    By the way, i'm also a bicycle youtuber, i reviews techs and accessories in any kinds of bike. I'm from Philippines.

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