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Summer skiing: DH mountain biking

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Many skiers and snowboarders are heading into a depression now that the season is over. While there is always skiing and riding on glaciers and in the Southern Hemisphere, many skiers/snowboarders trade in their boards for golf clubs, kayaks, bikes, or you fill in the blank during the summer months.
Downhill mountain biking is a gravity fed sport just like skiing and snowboarding. What this means is that many skiers and riders don't know that they are

Many skiers and snowboarders are "depressed" now that the season is over. While there is always skiing and riding on glaciers and in the Southern Hemisphere, many skiers/snowboarders trade in their boards for golf clubs, kayaks, bikes, or you fill in the blank.

Downhill mountain biking is a gravity fed sport just like skiing and snowboarding. What this means is that many skiers and riders don't know that they are...yet. If you go there are a couple of things you will want to keep in mind.

  1. Go with a pro. If you home area or resort offers lessons, take them. You will be surprised how much you might have not known if you didn't take a lesson.
  2. Rent a bike. If your area or resort offers rentals, use them. Downhill bikes are designed for going down the hill. That means that they are basically dirt bikes minus the motor. They have a large range of suspension and very powerful brakes. Very powerful. Cross country bikes are lighter and built to climb. Cross country bikes are like cross country skis. Downhill bikes are like fat, powder skis. The tires are wider, the suspension is beefier, and they are heavy! Make sure you are on the right equipment for the task you are doing (cross country versus downhill).
  3. Wear the gear. To some, it may look like you are going to battle with full face helmets and plastic pads covering you from head to toe. In some ways you are going to battle. The consequences of falling on dirt are significantly higher than snow. You will be glad you have the pads in the off chance of a fall.
  4. Stand up. Downhill riders spend a lot of time with their butt off the saddle and standing up. As a result, the seat is a lot lower. This is a good thing. It means the seat is out of the way while you maneuver your body on the way down.
  5. Push against the pedals when you brake. When you brake, push against your pedals. This helps shift the weight back and helps to minimize the dreaded "endo" or flipping over the handle bars.

DH Mountain Biking can be quite addictive just like skiing and snowboarding. Follow these simple tips and you will be hooked!

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