Bike parks are not only awesome fun, but an amazing place to develop your mountain biking skills. The exposure to different types of terrain and different styles of trails purpose built for different ability levels means that there is always something for riders of all levels to practice!
In order to build on your skills, you first need to establish them before riding a bikepark. You want to be able to ride a good amount of the features placed in front of you comfortably, just to have an enjoyable time riding! After that you can think of your riding progression. So here are our 5 basic skills that you should be able to do to ride in a bike park.
– Rock Rolls
Rock Rolls can be intimidating when you’re standing at the top looking down, but if you look at your exit, control your speed, stay relaxed and drop your heels, you’ll be absolutely fine!
An essential part of bike park riding, look for your entry, control your speed and look for your exit…cornering is the easiest part of bike riding!
A slightly more advanced skill, but a great one to have knowledge of. Practice in a skills area on small ladder drops, working your way up. Relax on the bike, drop your heels and shift your weight back.
There’s some work to be done before this one! Lower your saddle and maybe add a click or two of rebound on your rear suspension if you have it. Jumps is all about the compression of the bike and rider. Compress your body and bike on the take off and push off the lip, stay relaxed in the air and try to make the bike match the angle of the landing.
– North Shore
Riding North Shore is just a mental game. If it was a flat path or trail no one would have a problem riding between some cones would they? So why have an issue when you’re riding on a raised surface? Look a good distance ahead, keep your speed under control, keep some momentum and spot your exit!