Mountain biking is a tough sport, albeit an adventurous one. There is great joy in rolling down the mountains on that amazing sport bike, beating the terrain, and cycling on forward. But make no bones about it, mountain cycling can be really tough and you need to be in the right shape to be able to survive the tough terrains.
Mountain biking comes well to those who've been at it for a period of time. It is really the beginners who have trouble with it. So here are some of tips and tricks for beginners.
Mountain cycling also demands a better suspension to facilitate a smoother ride. Last but not the least, mountain bikes come with a good number of gears, for the rider's convenience.
You may be an accomplished road cyclist, but mountain cycling isn't quite the same thing. So find a bunch of people who have been riding for sometime (a lot of clubs exist around town), and ride with them. The stuff you'll learn while riding with experienced people will be the best training you'll get.
Loosen up your body and don't take a tight grip, otherwise all the shocks on the road will have to be fended by your bike.
Don't lock your feet and your hands, as it will make the motion more rigid and your joints will absorb all the ensuing pressure. Rocking backwards and forwards gently will also help you pedal faster.
If there is one aspect which petrifies most riders, it is the decent. A long, rocky slope can be intimidating for most. Downhill mountain cycling revolves around braking.
Make sure that on the descent, you don't grip the brakes so hard, that the bike skids. Make sure that you brake, but softly, and on 2 second intervals. The point of braking on the descent is not to stop the bike, but to ensure that you are in control of the bike.