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Learn about Body Positions: Neutral and Ready

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In this video you will learn about the main body positions needed when out on the trail.

Sometimes known as the attack position, the ready position is key in being able to negotiate technical sections of trail with ease.

Knowing the body positions are essential to ride safely when out on a mountain bike trail. Practice them both to master the positions!

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In this video you will learn about the body positions in mountain biking.

A good body position helps you to be relaxed and ready to negotiate any obstacles.

The two basic positions are the neutral position and the ready position.

The neutral position is ideal for non technical sections of the trail.

You should be seated comfortably and firmly on the saddle.

The elbows and the knees should be slightly bent.

The ready position, also known as the attack position, prepares you mentally and physically for the technical sections of the trail.

It is also the starting position for techniques like // the wheelie, the manual and the bunny hop.

Remember to keep your face away from the handlebars to avoid injury The pedals should be level with the heels bent upwards.

The knees should have a slight bend keeping the core over the centre of the bike.

The arms should be slightly bent as well.

Your back should be almost parallel to the ground.

Look ahead and be ready to negotiate any obstacles.

The index fingers should be on the brakes.

Unncessary tensing of the hands, or flexing of the wrists, wastes energy, limits your control of the bike and could lead to injury upon impact.

There are a few common errors: Being low, compact.

rigid and tense.

having the torso too far forward

or having the torso too far back Practice switching from the neutral to the ready position and transitioning into a manual or a bunny hop.

Enjoy your ride.


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