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Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #001 -- Winter Mountain Biking Tips
January 17, 2010

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Attack the Singletrack! Issue #001 -- Winter Mountain Biking Tips

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) Tip of the Month -- Click here for a great tip for going down steep downhill sections...

2) Winter Mountain Biking Tips -- Are you having a hard time putting away your mountain bike for the winter season? If you love to ride like I do, it can be a heartbreaking experience saying goodbye to that special friend with whom you have shared so many fun adventures over the summer. Why can't we just continue to frolic in singletrack bliss all year long? Well...maybe we can! With the right types of preparation and gear, we can keep riding during the winter months.

Click here to read about essential tips for winter riding...

3) What's New on Mountain Bike Buzz -- Click on the links below to learn about new information that has been recently added to the site...

Choosing Mountain Bike Pedals to Optimize your Riding
- Learn about different types of mountain bike pedals and how to choose the best for your type of riding. How to decide if clipless pedals are best and what options are available.

Choosing a Cycling Jacket to Keep you Warm and Comfortable
- Tips on what features to look for when purchasing a cycling jacket, including pockets, vents, hood, collar, and adjustability options. Information on rain gear fabrics and tips on fitting.

Tip of the Month:

When going down steep downhill sections, keep your weight back behind the seat. Drop your heels so you are behind the pedals rather than on top of them. If it is a long downhill section, drop your seat 3-4 inches. Not only does this help prevent you from going over the handlebars, but it is a blast to ride like this!

Winter Mountain Biking Tips:

Clothing Tips:

Layering is the key! Layers can be adjusted as you are riding to maintain a comfortable body temperature. If you are warm before you even start riding, you will be too hot once you start riding, especially if you are climbing. If you are uncomfortably cold before you start to ride, you may need another layer. It's OK to be a little chilly because you will warm up when you start riding.

Torso and Arms: The inside layer should be made of a moisture-wicking material. This is important because the moisture from sweat will cause you to get cold if it doesn't dry quickly. The middle layer should also having wicking properties and be insulating so that it helps maintain warmth. Examples include wool or synthetic materials. The outer layer should be wind and water resistant, yet breathable.

Legs: To keep your legs warm, lycra biking shorts with fleece-lined tights over them are a good option.

Hands: You can use ski gloves, but they are bulky and it can be hard to shift and brake. Insulated gloves made for biking are better because they are less bulky and it is easier to move your fingers to shift and brake. The lobster claw style is a good option because it keeps your fingers next to each other, which helps them stay warmer.

Feet: You can buy winter mountain bike shoes, but they tend to be pricey. If you don't want to fork out that much cash, you can get booties that slip over your bike shoes that have a little hole for the cleat to be exposed. As far as socks, wool is warm and has great wicking properties.

Head: We lose a lot of body heat through our head. A helmet liner will keep your head warm and help retain body heat.

For more tips and information on clothing, please visit...
Mountain Bike Clothing

Bike Tips:

Maintenance: Don't forget to take care of your bike during the winter riding season. Because of all the moisture, it's important to frequently wash, dry, and lube the drivetrain. Use a lubricant that works in colder temperatures and apply it when the bike is at room temperature or above. For more information in how to cleaning and maintenance of your mountain bike, please visit...
Bike Cleaning and Maintenance

Tires: If you are riding in snow, wide tires with widely spaced knobs are best. If you are riding more in muddy conditions, a narrower tire is better. Experiment with your tire pressure. Lower psi will give you better traction. For more information on types of tires and air pressure, check out the following...
Mountain Bike Tires

Platform pedals: When riding in winter conditions, it can be a real pain when your clipless pedals get ice and other debris in them because then it is difficult to clip into them. A good option is to use the clipless pedals that have the platforms. This way if you are unable to get clipped in, you can still ride. Regular platform pedals are another option.

Fenders and mudguards: These help keep the snow from getting on you and the rest of your bike if you are doing hardcore winter riding.

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