Mountain biking is one of our favorite outdoor sports for getting an action-packed workout with a solid dose of adrenaline and great views from the trail. We’re partial to a post-ride beverage with our crew of MTB baddies too – a community that can only be found with women who enjoy getting as dirty (and sometimes scraped up) as we do.
For some mountain biking advice and answers that prove helpful when you’re in that newbie territory (yeah, we’ve all been there and some of us still are), we tapped Cassie Abel, Wild Rye Founder and shredder of berms everywhere. Hint: You don’t need to go all out with top of the line mountain bike components and flashy gear, but there’s a handful of essentials you don’t want to get going without.
Essentials to bring in your backpack or fanny pack while you’re on the trail to stay safe, fix a few things, and avoid the bonk:
You want your pedals flat-ish with one in front of the other. You don’t want one pedal down and one up.
Get out of the saple a little so you’re standing on those flat pedals.
And don’t pinch your knees. It might feel more secure, but it’s really the opposite. Instead, you wanna think about having more of a triple threat position body positioning so your knees are out and giving you more balance. Once you do that, it’s a game-changer.
Get your boobs over your handlebars. Seriously. Get your upper body a little more forward than you think you should.
Look ahead. You wanna look where you’ll end up, no where your obstacles are. Don’t get distracted by the things you’re nervous about.
Lean forward. You wanna keep traction so both wheels stay on the ground during a steep uphill. It’s really easy to lose traction on your front wheel while you’re climbing if you’re not distributing enough weight up there. Here’s another place to get your boobs closer to your bar.