Pro Tips: Mountain Bike Skills Trainer Gene Hamilton

You should practice every mountain bike skill with a focus on executing the skill correctly. When riding trails, however, we simply do whatever is most ingrained.

Fortunately, you can usually find a plowed parking lot or a parking garage to practice in. Form the habit of riding in balance when descending by practicing standing and coasting while hinged at the hips with all of your weight resting on your pedals.

“Winter is the time to break bad habits and develop correct habits! If your singletrack is deep in snow, you are in luck! No singletrack means no time spent reinforcing bad habits.” — Gene Hamilton


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