From the perspective of a beginning mountain bike rider….
Flipping through the guide book while getting ready for the day, I notice a description of a 22-mile, rugged trail with substantial elevation gain called “Frontside.” Surely there must be another trail with the same name….
I am not one to show off, especially doing something I know little about, however, there is something to be said for trying to do your best. With your feet clipped into your pedals, and a fixed amount of gears on a bike, a beginner can only do so much when encountering a steep slope. I didn’t really have a strategy, but giving it my all, I would pedal, pedal,…pedal…then fall. The first couple times, I slapped the dust away and laughed it off…by mile 10 I wasn’t laughing anymore.
Mountain biking etiquette states that you should always yield to the uphill rider. You know you have a long way to go when the up-hillers get off the trail first and insist that you go ahead. This leaves the beginner in a frantic state – one, you don’t want to hold anyone up longer than necessary, and two, you now have an instant audience watching you descend on tight turns, over rocks and ridges. As