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The 3 Most Common Beginner Mountain Biking Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)

Are you just starting out mountain biking? Here are some of the biggest mistakes I made and how you can avoid them.

Mountain biking is a thrilling and rewarding activity for both beginners and experienced riders alike.

It can be a great way to get exercise, bond with friends, or explore the great outdoors.

However, as with most activities, there are some common mistakes that beginners make when they take to a mountain biking trail. While these mistakes are understandable given the lack of experience, they can have a significant impact on your safety, wellbeing and overall experience.

Going Too Hard

Many people who are just starting out with mountain biking get excited and push themselves to the limit.

While this enthusiasm is great, it can quickly lead to fatigue and frustration. It can also result in a greater risk of injury and decreased performance levels.

It’s important to take your time, listen to your body and gradually increase your intensity as you gain experience. Start with easy trails, and gradually work your way up to harder ones as your stamina and confidence increases. This will help you enjoy your rides and avoid injury.

Not Picking a Line

Picking a line basically means to plane exactly where you want to go when riding a trail.

As a beginner, you may be tempted to just go straight down the hill. Though this may seem like the easiest option, it is usually the most dangerous.

Instead, you should pick a line that gives you the most control over the terrain. Look for areas where the trail is smoother, and there are fewer obstacles like rocks and roots. This will help your speed and control, and will make you much more comfortable navigating the terrain.

Poor Body Positioning

Poor body positioning can lead to fatigue, decreased control, and even falls.

To keep better body positioning, start by keeping your elbows bent slightly, your arms relaxed, and your back straight. This will help your body absorb shocks and increase balance. Also, be sure to keep your weight forward and your head up.

When you’re going over obstacles, try to remain relaxed, which will help absorb the shock and keep you in control.


Learning how to mountain bike can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to avoid common mistakes that can make the experience less enjoyable.

Taking the time to practice proper technique, understand the terrain, and be prepared with the right gear will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time on the mountain bike trails.

With a little bit of practice, you will soon be mastering the trails and enjoying the thrill of mountain biking.

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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