RECEPTION BRIEFING TIPS:

You ride fantastic trails, paths, climbs and cool descents. Enjoy the super beautiful surroundings with the highlights of Arnhem and the Veluwe. Before you do this, you have a pre-departure briefing regarding the route, material, clothing, supplies, etc.

MTB:Suitable for hardtail. Suspension fork is a must. We ensure that the bicycle is in excellent condition.

Flat tires and chain breakage almost never need to be repaired yourself. In case of irreparable damage, we try to get a spare bicycle or spare parts on site as soon as possible.

We also take care of the permits for the MTB routes, helmet and filled water bottle.

Tips!

1 Started too soon

One of the most common mistakes in mountain biking is the following scenario: Nice to hit the first mountain and show your friends what top shape you are in. Well, good luck with that. Your body must first warm up. Cold muscles use up to 6 times more energy than warmed muscles. By attacking right away, you will quickly get out of breath and take a long time to recover. Warm up first and keep your heart rate low and your breathing under control the first climb. You will suffer panting the first climb!

2. Think you are almost there

Hills are one thing, mountains are of a different caliber. Often there will be a second summit after the alleged peak of a mountain, which you can not immediately see because of the saddle in between. A slight flattening or a turn does not always signal the end of the climb. Tip: Always drive in reserves!

3. Not the right clothes

If you like to torment yourself, it might be a good idea to take pants without chamois. However, the right clothing is important for less masochistic riders. A chamois is an absolute must for your bottom. But also quick-drying other clothing keeps you fit longer and prevents too rapid cooling. Did you know that sweating takes a lot of energy? In runners, by far the most energy is spent on keeping the body at the right temperature. Breathable shirts with a technical undershirt are important.

4. Not the correct tire pressure

Softer surface = soft tire. Hard surface = hard tire. That's pretty much the maxim. Since there are many different widths in mtb tires nowadays and riders differ in weight, it is difficult to indicate a general Bar air pressure. My tip: always start with a hard tire, which you can do with two thumbs

can still press. If you notice that your front wheel is slipping in the corners and your rear wheel has too little traction, lower your pressure a bit. Repeat if necessary.

5. Stopping during a climb

If you have to stop during a climb, you may not have trained well enough, but in many cases you have started mountain biking too fanatically. Then stop once long enough; about 5 to 10 minutes. Only when your heart rate has dropped significantly will you make a new attempt, cycling more slowly in a lighter distance. Do not install short stops every time you run out of breath. That will become nothing. Stay calm and choose a gradual pace.

6. Too cold, too warmly dressed

Uphill? Equal overcoat loose and / or zipper open. Keep your body cool. Keeping your body at temperature eats energy. When you arrive at the top, put on an extra jacket to protect your sweaty body against cooling. One of my best MTB sizes has been hypothermic in a descent due to the lack of an extra jacket. It was summer, and 30 degrees in the valley. But at 1800 meters it is all different. you will immediately end up in the danger zone!

7. Wrong resistance (very important for better mountain biking!)

Cadence is personal. I often see, however, that many hobby cyclists pedal either too lightly (coffee grinder) or too heavily (grinder resistance). Too light requires an enormous condition (think of Lance Armstrong) and a great resistance (Think of Merckx) requires a lot of strength. Both examples are extremes. Most hobby cyclists are in between. On a flat road it is nice to make between 85 and 100 revolutions.

8. Incorrect braking

Braking is done gradually and at intervals. Never drag your brake. Briefly brake and release again. Then again briefly brake and release again. This prevents boiling oil in your brake hose, which leads to loss of braking power. you brake with 70 to 90% with your front brake. The front wheel slips much less quickly.

9. Saddle too high or too low

You can lose a lot of power due to a too high or too low saddle position. Get good advice about your posture in general, but especially about the height of your saddle. A trick is the following: Place a pedal all the way down. Hold your handlebars with both hands (cycling position) and then place the HAK of your shoe on the pedal. When your leg is fully extended, your saddle is usually well adjusted. As soon as you click into your pedals, in the lowest pedal position you keep a small kink in your leg (not fully stretched) And that is how it should be. AUTHOR: Patrick Dieteren If you have a question about the reception, briefing or tips, please fill in the contact form .

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Mountainbike Experience Arnhem
Palette street 13a
6813 DZ Arnhem
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T +31 6 194 14 104

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