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Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #016 -- Conquer Cornering with Courage
August 17, 2012

Attack the Singletrack: Tips on Mountain Biking Techniques and Gear

Issue #016 -- Conquer Cornering with Courage

Attack the Singletrack brings you mountain bike tips to help you become a better rider and enjoy mountain biking more.

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In this Issue...

1) How to Conquer Cornering on your Mountain Bike with Courage

You are flying down the singletrack feeling the rush of the dirt crunching beneath your tires, the wind blowing through your hair, the...wait, there's a corner, now you have to slam on the brakes and slow way down to get around it safely. Wait a minute, what happened to that momentum and the rush? If you experience this, I feel your pain, but have learned a few tips that help me get around corners faster and more confidently.

Pointy on Inside, Heavy on Outside: As I am moving into the turn, I bend the knee that is on the inside of the turn and point it out towards the direction I want to go. When I bend my inside knee, this puts my pedals in position so that my outside foot is down, which is what I want. I then put weight on my outside pedal so my tire can dig into the dirt and improve my traction while cornering.

I have been told many times to weight my outside foot while cornering, but I wasn't able to master this skill until I tried this technique. If you are like me, you have a side that is dominant, so turning in one direction may be much easier than turning in the other direction. I was sort of doing this technique automatically when I was cornering to the right, but left turns were throwing me for a loop because I could not get my pedals in the right position.

Lean It: As I am coming into the turn, I lean my bike towards the inside of the turn by pushing down on my inside handlebar. Remember the keep the outside foot weighted!

Brake Before, Not During: If I need to brake, I try to do so before going into the turn and then let the momentum carry me through the turn at a comfortable speed.

Trust Your Tires: When I first started mountain biking, I did not realize the importance of having good tires. Now that I have tried several types of tires, I realize how important they are, not only for cornering, but for tackling climbs, decents, and trail obstacles. If you want more information on how to choose the best type of tire for your riding needs, check out our tires page.

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As always, enjoy the ride!

Mary Blomquist
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