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10 Things Mountain Bikers Should Never Do In Winter

10 Things Mountain Bikers Should Never Do In Winter

(crashing) – Welcome to our 10
things you should not do when riding in the winter. It’s not a catchy title but it is useful. Let’s get going with the first one. Okay, here we go. Obviously, if you’re riding in the cold you need to have enough
clothing on to keep warm and warm for every stage of the ride. So, make sure you have layers and as each layer comes
off and remove the item you can put it in its place in your bag. There’s so many items
of technical clothing and solutions out there. Brilliant items that have
warmth and are breathable and can be stored when it is needed to be. So, as well as warmth you need to think about staying dry. Think about how dry
your feet are gonna be. There’s nothing worse
than soaking wet feet. So, booties to go over your riding shoes could be required. Lastly protect your hands from the wet and cold. Once your hands are too cold then riding is almost impossible. And if you’re getting
yourself in huge discomfort and danger then riding without
gloves just isn’t an option. You should never rely on your phone. However, they are incredibly
useful for so many things. Recording your ride using ingenious apps or mapping your route. But service can drop
and batteries can fail when you forget to charge them. So, route planning and cause
can’t taken for granted. Nevertheless, having a phone
with you is a fantastic tool that will consistently
get you out of a hole when things go wrong. So, take it but don’t
put all your trust in it, but take it, but don’t
trust it. But do take it. So, flip side on the phone issue. Don’t ride unless someone
knows where you’re going. Have a plan drew. Let’s say things go wrong and you fall off and hurt yourself or you get lost. Say you don’t have a phone working then things could get a bit dicey. Imagine it goes really wrong and you’re in serious
trouble and need assistance. Well, unless you’ve given someone an idea of your route and
when to expect your return then the chances for assistance
finding you quickly is less. That leads me to my next point. Don’t go without a planned route. This is important, having a planned route is great for exactly the safety
reasons I’ve just mentioned. It is also incredibly
helpful for you in terms of actually planning your ride. In terms of timing,
temperature, nutrition, bike setup and equipment. All of those decisions should be based on where you’re going and how long it will take. So, do your homework first. Make sure the route you’re taking is suitable and rewarding. Getting your plan wrong
at this early stage is gonna end in tears, oh no. Although, we won’t be able to see you cry because it would be dark and raining and you will
be on your own and scared. Don’t ride trails that are closed. This is obvious, really. If a trail is closed it’s not been done just to annoy you. The decision has probably been made by someone who really wants
to preserve that trail in the long term. Rather than allow you ride it now and be part of irreparable
damage that results in blocking all riders from using the trail at any time in the future, which would suck. There could also be safety reasons why the trail would be closed. Fallen trees or broken bridges. Who knows what it could be. The simple way to avoid
injury to you and to the trail is work with the people who
look out for the trails. So if it’s closed, go another way. I hate it when people do this one. Don’t ride with hard tires. Grip is gonna be the difference in having a great wind ride and an absolute shocker. So, this is the chance to
experiment with lower pressures. Maybe start reducing pressure
from 30 psi on each wheel. I run 23 in the front and 25 in the rear. There’s a video all about that subject in the description down below. It sounds like such a small detail but the difference a bit of grit makes is obvious from the first turn you take. You’ll actually know it’s
a huge difference in grip you have when you brake too. The front will dig in and
give you so much more control. The rear will anchor you on the trail. Play with that pressure and find your ideal wind tire pressures. Don’t forget to check out
that video if you’re unsure. Hello, hello. Don’t forget to use lights and make sure they’re charged. Lights are an obvious call
but so easily overlooked. It’s a product category
with some serious hitters and a huge amount of design
and development involved. Get a bright light and you’ve opened up a brand new form of riding bikes. Night riding is an incredible feeling and can be a big part of your wind riding. Of course, you have lights
for visibility, too. So, you can see, but
also others can see you. A mildly important fact,
don’t miss the chance to understand what an incredible
bike component they are as well for your visibility
and for riding in the night. Never ride in dark clothes.
Make sure you are visible. There are riders out there, Blake Samson who like to look cool when they ride. They love that stealth look, but it just doesn’t fly when
it comes to riding in wind. You need to be visible
for obvious reasons. If you have any road
work in your riding route then it goes without saying
that the easier it is for the other riders
to see you the better. On the trail it’s also important
for you to make yourself visible to anyone who, god
forbid, would need to find you for any negative reason. “But accidents do happen”, said Martin. And if the worst comes to pass then being easily spotted
on the trial is essential. Some tips on wind riding are things like using your momentum to
roll through sticky mud that can drain you of speed. So, try and look that little
bit further ahead on the trail and notice where you’re going and the need to hold that speed. If you’re caught in a
particular sloppy patch and that can happen. It’s quite long. Then make sure you keep
your pedals straight moving with high cadence. Driving that bike through the muck with a deliberate momentum. Once you lose speed, it’s hard to recover in the low-grip strength sapping stodge. Also, think about the changing the bikes set up to suit, perhaps
move from clip to flats if you want to add that added confidence in handling those difficult
riding conditions. Removing that worry of getting clipped out can really help. Once clips are the norm for you then this probably isn’t necessary. Don’t forget to have a great time. I mean that’s what it’s
all about to be honest. Riding in the wind amongst does add some extra riding elements to the mix. Not all of it easy to master, but the challenge you’ll
face will be well worth it. The reward is also going
the right way the reluctance you’ll have when going out
in that cold, wet, snowy, muddy old day. I promise. It will be much better than you think. Thanks for watching this video. I hope your wind riding goes well. Click on the old globe
there and subscribe. And if you want more tips then click here for more wind riding tips. See you next time. Don’t
forget some thumbs up likes.

100 comments on “10 Things Mountain Bikers Should Never Do In Winter

  1. When i went on a big ride last weekend. I wore to warm cloth wich made me sweat. Stopped for some eating. Then when i started riding again i was totally freezing and i couldent feel my toes or hands for the rest of the ride. Was not any fun 🙂

  2. I just came from "riding" the trails. I traveled 100km to ride there and there was so much snow it was literally impossible to ride about 95% of the trail 🙁 So I hiked my bike for almost the whole ride in the snow with my 5'10 Freeriders….

  3. ALSO: never forget to remove ALL jewelry BEFORE leaving the house, never forget to top up yer flask/roll joints at home,
    never forget to bring toilet paper(especially if it's Taco Tuesday) & always have some cash on you just in case.

    most important: bring a fire starter/lighter & ALWAYS tell yer GF yer going north & tell yer wife yer goin south…

  4. Absolutely love winter night riding. Wind can be an issue at times, but, having great gear makes my 3-4 hours quite pleasant.
    This winter seems warm so far but -30c is not far off.

  5. Wintry forest ride goes like:
    "I'm sure there was a great single track at this spot at summer, there must only be few centimeter of snow"

  6. 5:57 – I learned this the hard way this last weekend. Had to stop but just couldn't get going again! Good learning experience though, it's probably a trainable thing and worth practicing.

  7. remember peoples! measuring pressure in your shed (~15°C) or house (~20°) results in a lower pressure riding! If we assume your tires don't change volume that much above a certain pressure and use ideal gas law, thats an isochoric (no volume chance) process, and your starting tire pressure in your house is 2bar/29psi. doing a bit of math the results are:
    at 0°C your new tire pressure is 1.85bar/26psi

    conclusion: don't go crazy low while setting up your bike and then go riding somewhere much much cooler! After all whe don't want to fix pinch flats with cold hands

    i know, a lot of assumptions and simplifications… the tires will loose a bit of volume, more cooling by air while riding and a lot of other factors

    maybe i should have posted this on the tech channel

  8. Pro tip: Take a powerbank with you! Even very compact ones can charge your phone's battery twice. Especially helpful in areas with bad reception (where your phone's battery is going to low sooner), on long rides, when you also like to track your riding on komoot/strava/etc. and/or in combination with usb cable chargeable lights.

  9. I run 5 PSI on the back and 3 PSI on the front , although the grip is great I damage a few rims, should I get the trail centre to tarmac all the trails, signed ,Concerned.

  10. Nice videos guys! I wonder if there is a video coming from Neil his night mtb race. Would be cool. Go for the 1 million guys!

  11. How about to make some videos about riding in ACTUAL WINTER with snow and ice? Those muddy puddles may occur throughout the season and don't differ too much.

  12. At 5:30 pm last night I was a mile up the climbing road when my lights flashed on a pair of mountain lion eyes. I shit bricks and turned around. Perhaps not a tip but predators are more active at night Dx

  13. One tip would be to get some studded tires if riding in snow and ice.
    I personally use schwalbe ice spiker pro tires atm and can’t say anything bad about them.
    Braking and steering feels just like in summer if not better.

  14. Where i live the trails that say no bikes are the best ones they have built berms and jumps😂 i think the put the sign so people wont mess up the trail lol

  15. What's the difference between the rear shock being mounted horizontal VS vertical?
    Just curious not really related to this video but I know this community is a1😂👌

  16. Planning a ride can be ok but following your nose is fun too. Phone and let people know general direction you are headed is important though.

    Visibility, don't be a Highlighter on a bicycle if riding on the roads – traffic seems to be like insects to bottles glistening in the sun light – they tend to drive into you and rub you out against parked vehicles when you are blindingly visible. Stealth with some reflective elements seems to work well though.

    Snow and Ice riding – lower your psi in your tyres so you are not sliding all over the place – no need for studs per se but lower tyre pressure helps dramatically with grip. Just don't expect to bash jumps and rock gardens in such conditions as it will hurt you and your wheels.

  17. Please don’t promote night riding so much. I know it is fun, but: deer and other game have less cover with the leafs of those trees, and they reduce their circulation (heart, lungs) – so they don’t like being surprised by shredders in the dark in their living rooms. Again, I don ´want to be radical here, but let`s respect nature, i.e. not just the flora but also the fauna. Thanks

  18. I just went on my first winter ride and I ran into a major issue that I hope you can help with. Mud kept clogging the jockey wheels on my Eagle GX derailleur which caused my chain to drop from the chainring multiple times. Is there a product or a tip for keeping the jockey wheels clean and the chain on the chainring? Thanks!

  19. Freeze/thaw is bad on trails. Don't ride trails that have been thrashed by recent bad weather, whether snow or rain. The freeze/thaw just creates an unbelievable slop and seems to do more damage when you ride on it as compared to just rain on a warm day. People have to volunteer to go out and repair and maintain those trails. Get with your local bike shop and check for trail closures. For example, the forestry service here posts trail closures. Our trails here have been closed for over a week now and aren't even going to be thought of being opened until the 24th. The alternative is we go out, ride and scar the lands, and the forest service closes it to mountain bikes completely.

  20. How about not taking needless risks when the consequences of being stranded, possibly with an injury, are far worse than when the weather is warmer and there will be more people around.

    Emergency high energy rations, a fold-away survival blanket, a whistle, and a torch shouldn't take up much space and may well save your or someone else's life in an emergency. Knowledge of basic first aid and survival skills are a plus, even if riding in a group.

    If riding on any public highway after sunset (e.g. to and from the trails) it is mandatory to have a white front reflector and a red rear reflector, as well as orange pedal reflectors that are visible from the front and rear. Definitely worth carrying a set of lights if only the kind to be seen with when riding on the road. Steady lights are better than flashing for motorists to judge distance by (and for you to see the road by).

  21. I rode my new full susp on low pressure and i brend my rear rim. now im riding 2,7 bar on 27,5 2,8 tires. any tips for me to dare to ride lower pressure?
    im running tubes

  22. i plan my ride according to weather and conditions thru out the year, i think i've riding thru the worst all ready, u missed the ice conditions

  23. mistakes to not do in Norway or other places with harsher winter:
    no studs = crash
    using wrong lube, too thin lube, washing off by snow and water.
    not using checking bolts
    not lubing cables/housing = cables freezing not being able to brake or change gears.

    nothing wrong with dark clothing if you got reflective stuff, or got rear lights, I got rear lights on the helmet,the back pack, the seat post, so no matter what I do I am visible: my setup:
    just get the clothing that you can get your hands on that work well for you.

  24. There's no such thing as bad weather?
    only badly prepared people!!
    for navigation never use a phone have a paper map of your riding area and a compass.

  25. Did you grow the beard just to change your accent? It’s like ‘grow a beard, talk like a geezer’ If you shave it off, will you be less ‘knees up Mother Brown?’

  26. You did forget something, Mart: in winter, days are shorter. So if you get too stoked on the trail, you can very well end up chasing daylight like our buddy Alex (The Singletrack Sampler) did in two recent rides. So more than just one bike light, CARRY A TORCH. Seriously, an AAA Lumintop or Jetbeam is a great start already.

  27. I have subscribed and will make sure next time it’s a wet ride I use your advice also would love some support on my channel on how I can make better content and how to become a better mountain bike rider so I can continue to ride and start racing

  28. In terms of tire pressure, wouldn't you actually want the knobs to dig in harder (higher pressure, like 25-30) to cut through the mud rather than spread out (low pressure) and slide over the surface? Additionally, I don't bother with full suspension if it's muddy and only ride my hardtail. I don't know about most people but I simply can't afford the time or money to clean and re-grease all 10 (or 12?) pivot points and the associated bearings, etc.

  29. #AskGMBN. Winter-ish question: I recently moved from Germany to Florida. In Germany, I rode wet trails all the time…or else I would hardly get to ride. Trails in Germany seem to be no worse for wear. In Florida, fellow riders act as if riding a soggy trail is almost a crime. Whats the real deal? How much damage does it really cause, or how much will the trail recover just from more riders flattening it out?

  30. Regarding letting someone know where you're going… I know some might think it's a bit stalkery, but GPS tracking apps can be handy for us exploratory types, like Strava Beacon or Garmin's LiveTrack feature. They do rely on a data connection to report back their/your position though, so can be of limited use if you're in the middle of buttf*** nowhere with no reception, and some of them can run your phone battery down a bit quicker than normal. If you don't want to pay for it, there are free alternatives that run on your phone too, such as Life360.

  31. In winter, I ride nearly every andI never ride with extra clothing, I never worry about wet feet, I never worry about keeping my hands warm, and I never have problems.. because I ride almost every day.. in Thailand.. Today, January 20th about 23c outside hehehe

  32. When it was summer I was begging for winter weather and now it's nearly the end of winter I literally cannot wait for the dry summer dusty dry lube weather and being able to ride without having to clean my bike after every single ride. 🌞🌅

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