Mountain biking as a metaphor: “the decent!”

Bike metaphor

Typically on a mountain bike trail you get a mixture of climbs that make you curse the effort, fast decents that terrify you, and flat sections in which you can catch your breath and enjoy the view.  If you think about it, it is very similar to certain periods in our life (with family, work etc).  The advice below for decending can be intrepreted in more than one sense…


Look ahead:
Look at least a couple of metres ahead of your front wheel so that you can anticipate the obsctacle and any risks, as your speed increases, the further ahead you need to be looking.


Brake consciously:
Don’t brake inattentively. First slow yourself down (using the rear brake) to take on an obstacle, then if necessary with the front brake until you come to a stop.  If you realise that the obstacle is too dangerous get off your bike and go around it.


Use your weight:
In steep descents it is necessary to shift your weight and put yourself into positions that aren’t necessarily comfortable in order to keep your balance.


Control your fear:
Excessive fear and the resulting tension are the main causes of falls, not the obstacle itself. Ride knowing that fear has a function, that it is necessary for the evaluation of risk and that it should determine an action (accelerate, change direction, brake).  Keep it under control and act accordingly.


Take challenges on step by step:
It is advisable that the first few times that you take on a decents you go slowly and look for the water flow line (the path marked by rainwater) between the obstacles.  After a bit of practise you will have developed a series of habits that will kick in even on descents that are new to you, revealing yourself to be surprisingly well prepared.


Descents, like climbs and the flat stretches, are necessary to make a complete and well-balanced biker. When they happen don’t curse at them, take them on with the knowledge that once you reach the valley you’ll be a better biker, and with experience you’ll learn to enjoy them…


3 thoughts on “Mountain biking as a metaphor: “the decent!”

  1. As you would expect with a new downhill bike in 2015, this bike is designed around 27.5” wheels. The frame can be adapted to 26” wheels by way of a smart flip chip at the rear and a frame spacer up front. Over the past few years, Rocky has been implementing their Smoothlink patent – which places the chainstay pivot in front of and above the axle – throughout their product line. The Maiden gets the same treatment, but uses bearings at all pivot points rather than the bushings seen in the smaller platforms. The main pivot and rocker pivot get absolutely massive bearings – the same ones used in the press-fit bottom bracket – in a beefed up version of Rocky’s Pipelock collet axle system.

  2. The first time I went mountain biking, I ended up on trails that far exceeded my skill level. Needless to say, I spent more time in the dirt than on the bike. Dusty and defeated, I made a quiet mental goal to—despite living in the not-so-mountainous city of New York—somehow, someway learn to ride a mountain bike.
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  3. Your post is awesome. I enjoy riding my bike at my free time. Sometimes i want to go far away and explore. However, i encounter some issues here and there. This are great guidelines to bike lovers. Am just happy to read your post.

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