It’s one thing to go off-roading every now and then, but learning how to take your mountain biking to the next level — off the rail trails paths and deep into the woods — can be an intimidating process.
The biggest thing to remember is that you don’t have to keep up with more experienced friends, says Curtis Keene, a professional mountain bike racer. “Keep it simple, stay in your comfort zone, and just enjoy being outside, in the trees. If you have a good time, you’ll be more likely to ride again, and you’ll naturally progress.”
Of course, you can also bend the learning curve in your favor with expert know-how. Follow these tips to improve your skills (and stay safe) next time you take your wheels out on the trails.