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How to Mountain Bike Downhill... Injury Free!

Downhill biking is fast-paced and full of obstacles. Discover how to get through it without injury with these downhill mountain biking tips.

Downhill biking is fast-paced and full of obstacles, so it’s no surprise that accidents happen.

Discover how to minimize mishaps with these downhill mountain biking tips.

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Posture

Having the correct posture while riding downhill makes a massive difference. 

Use the ready position by standing on your pedals with your chin above the bike’s column. Have a slight bend in your elbows and knees and keep your pedals level. 

Try to keep loose while keeping firm control of your bike. 

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Look Ahead

In order to be ready for whatever obstacles pop up, you need to look ahead. Think at least two obstacles ahead. 

If you can, it is a good idea to walk the trail or ride it slowly the first time. That way you can take a mental note of any potentially difficult spots and what you are going to do to get past them. 

Then you can do it again with more speed.

Braking

When biking, it's important to understand the basics, such as how to brake.

All you have to do is ease both brakes on together. 

If you put them on too fast or don’t do them together, you will probably either go over your handlebars or skid them out. 

Conclusion

Mountain biking is a fun way to keep fit but it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Fortunately, learning the fundamentals is fairly easy and that is all most people will need to prevent falls and other accidents. 

Check out 'A Complete Introduction to Mountain Biking' to learn all the fundamentals of mountain biking.

Ride safe!

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Article by Sam Fury

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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