Once you have learned to ride a dirt bike and configure it, the next challenge is navigating the bike path. Therefore, the next thing you will have to do is pick a bike path terrain and map it well. This will depend on your skill level, the type of terrain, the obstacles, weather conditions, and distance. Preparing yourself and tuning your bike is the next stage once you have picked your bike path.
Types Of Bike Paths
Although there are many bike paths rider can choose, we can categorize dirt biking trials into four categories. These are closed-course trails for competitions, offroad trails that are rough and rocky, sandy or muddy trails, and a combination of both. Subsequently, riders have to plan differently for each of these and even use different types of road bikes.
The Closed-Course Bike Path
These paths are mostly used in competitions where distances are short but obstacles are more. In addition, riders normally attempt jumps and flip on these paths and corners are steep. Moreover, these bike paths have a combination of hard and soft terrain so its best to pick intermediate hard tires. Notably, once you are all set, here are a few tips to keep in mind when attempting jumps especially on this terrain:
- Don’t sit down as you will encounter a large bump when you land. This requires the bikes suspension to work without your body absorbing the impact.
- Place your weight on the balls of your feet and not on the toes or the heels for better balance.
- When a jump comes up squeeze your thighs and knees into the bike while standing up to give you more grip.
- Maintain a smooth and consistent throttle momentum when taking off for your jump.
This said, practice makes perfect so do not attempt the highest jump as a beginner. Instead, take it one step at a time and get used to the bike path you are attempting and the jumps involved. The next thing you will encounter is sand paths that need to be navigated well.
Navigating Sand Paths
Unlike hard terrain, sand tends to suck your tires in and riders need to have build momentum to escape its grip. Additionally, sand can cause the bike to skid more easily than on another terrain as it is loose and doesn’t provide a grip. Hence, there are a couple of thump rules you need to follow when attempting sand turns especially, these are:
- Don’t be on the brakes when on the sand as sand needs more momentum to carry through.
- The faster you go the better so build momentum at least 10 feet before reaching the sandy section.
- Give your tire enough traction by riding on the lower section of the sand walls that is harder.
- Don’t be rigid when biking on the sand, the looser you are the more flexible you are to make changes.
Last but not least, the other tips to handle any terrain given to you is to look ahead and prepare for it. Furthermore, sitting form, flexibility and bike configuration is vital to succeeding on the bike path. Consequently, safety is always a priority so gear up appropriately.
In conclusion, different types of bike paths are a great way to test your skills as a rider and hone them further. However, always remember to take it slow and practice before trying to attempt more complex terrain.