Don't Think About Crashing
If you spend your whole ride worried about crashing, you're not going to have much fun. Besides, it's an inevitable part of riding mountain bikes. "It's not a big deal, dirt's not that hard," he says. You might also try wearing pads to protect your knees and elbows. "The thing about mountain biking is, it's okay to put on pads," says Wicks. The top downhill racers wear full armor to protect against injury and there's nothing that says you can't follow their example.