Beginner Mountain Bike Skills

Mountain biking is an exciting sport that can be enjoyed by anyone who knows how to ride a bike. Compared to the average, boring old bike ride, mountain riding does present some danger so you should master some basic skills before you hit the trails or dirt as not knowing what you’re doing could lead to injury and disappointment but with knowledge comes risk-averse skill!

The initial abilities are best learned at a neighbourhood park, school, bike route, or in your own backyard. If you can, attempt to choose a place with a hill that has a really steep incline.

Familiarize yourself with your pedals

First, sit on your bike with one foot on the ground, and then practise moving your foot away from the pedal while you ride. Finally, pedal a little and then release and replace your foot. If you wear toe clips or clipless pedals, you’ll need to spend more time training your foot movement.

Proper sitting and pivoting position

There’s nothing to it. Just sit on your bike and cycle about. Keeping your arms slightly bent can help you hit the bike with more force. You should also make sure that you have adjusted your seat so that your leg is stretched to around 70 to 90 percent with every stroke on the pedal. As there will never be a position when you should have your knees or elbows locked, keep your body relaxed at all times.

Getting a feel for shifting gears

Learn about the multiple gear levels your bike has so you can pedal faster on flat roads or slow yourself down when going uphill. The higher gears are harder to push but will go much faster, while lower gearing is easier and better for hills. If you’re climbing a steep hill which requires more peddling than usual then it’s best to shift before getting too close rather than once up there already!


If you’re considering riding a bike, don’t neglect coasting. Allowing the pedals to turn without pushing yourself forward will teach your muscles how to best use their power and can help with balance or getting back up after falling off of your seat. When doing this exercise, hold onto the handlebars so that they do not move while learning about these movements (i.e., “freewheel”). Try moving from one side of the bicycle’s frame over towards its rear end in order to understand what it feels like when balancing behind it rather than ahead; be sure to never let go!

Keep pedalling while you are standing

One of the most important bike skills to work on is pedaling while standing. This can be tricky at first, but don’t worry! You’ll get it in no time with practice. The best way to start practicing this skill is by getting as comfortable and balanced as possible when you’re sitting down – then lifting yourself off your seat so that all four points of contact are balancing between being seated and standing up over the pedals (two feet + two hands). Start turning your pedal cranks around slowly without any resistance from gravity or other external forces for a few revolutions until you feel steady again before attempting more complicated movements such as going uphill or downhill; remember: slow-and-steady will win out every time over speed/agility

Dropping down a curb

Dropping down a curb can be one of the most challenging things to do. I see all these people who are so afraid, and it’s not that hard! The key is finding an easy place to practice first- like maybe at home? Once you get comfortable with doing this in your own driveway then try practicing on more difficult ramps such as those found outside public buildings or near steep hills.

Once you learn and master these methods, you will be able to get the grip of mountain biking and enjoy it. No matter how odd it may seem at first, you will adapt to it before you realise it.