Been enjoying your road bike for quite some time, and decided to try life on the muddier side? While it may seem daunting, your first mountain bike ride will be full of fun and exciting experiences.
Taking up mountain biking will greatly improve your handling, power, and maybe even your confidence. It can take a little bit of getting used to, though. Here are a few hurdles you should expect to overcome…
Do you ride clipless or flat pedals?
It’s a difficult decision. You’ve been riding with clipless pedals on a road bike for years – but should you hop straight onto the MTB with your feet stuck to the pedals?
Go with flats, and you’ll be confident you can put a foot down when you need to but might feel you’re lacking that ‘pull’ stroke when climbing. Go with clips and you’ll feel stronger on the climbs, but might feel a bit unstable on some of the rocky and fast descents.