Mountain Bike Tip – Front Brake

Don’t Fear Your Front Brake

Maybe you’ve come out of a corner, overusing your front brake, and washed out. Maybe you’ve had the dreaded “over the bars” crash – you decided then and there to never touch your front brake again. It might be tempting to rely solely on your back brake for stopping power. However, not utilizing 100% of your stopping power can create an out of control sensation and encourages skidding. Your front brake accounts for approximately 70% of your bike’s stopping power. If you’re only using the back brake, you’re not taking full advantage of all of the control that your bike has to offer. The key is using both brakes together with a smooth touch as well as making sure to shift your hips and bottom back under braking. By moving back under braking you make it safe to use the front brake and make the back brake work better. Practice this out on the street and down gentle hills to get more comfortable and then start trying it on your favorite trails.

LB2015.08.13.frontbrake1Many riders fear the front brake

LB2015.08.13.frontbrake2However, if you learn to use your front brake together with your back brake, your bike (and riding) will thank you.

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Doug demonstrates riding back under braking. This position provides a secure place from which to counter the stopping power of your front brake. Practice getting here from cruising in neutral position by slowly applying pressure to both brakes and bringing your hips and bottom back.

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You’ll feel the same after mastering this simple and powerful skill

We hope you enjoy our weekly mountain bike tips. Please remember that they can help but will not eliminate risks, as mountain biking is a dynamic sport. These tips are meant to help you build skills and progress for a more enjoyable mountain biking experience.

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A little too much powder for me! Hope it’s mostly light dusting during ski hours next week, otherwise I’m going to be eating a lot of snow

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Glad you guys are getting some much needed snow.. Keep dumping

6 hours ago
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Fresh powder now

5 hours ago
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Abigail we should be there!

12 hours ago

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Shoulda been here.

8 hours ago
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WOW - great powder!!

12 hours ago
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For short people?

10 hours ago
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Can’t wait.

8 hours ago
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Deep, looks good. We should shoot for some place like this Bonnie Angela, be a fun time

11 hours ago
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Jealous

11 hours ago
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WOW --- Serious POW . . .

8 hours ago
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REally pretty!

11 hours ago
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What the heck!!

7 hours ago
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I love it

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Cool 😂

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Don’t sleep in! It’s a powder day.

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Looks pretty. I think that’s near Park City. Tony’s niece lives in Park City.

15 hours ago

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And I have to turn my car air conditioning on when returning from my ski trips here in West Virginia

13 hours ago
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YIPPEE!!'

20 hours ago   ·  1
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Skied it with my entire Family 9 years ago. Son its there now.

9 hours ago
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Christian you’ve always been awesome skier! And I’ve been to steamboat at least 3 times with you!

10 hours ago
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Tony I’m Getting Itchy May have to fly out there for a long weekend 😛. Why do u have to keep teasing me

20 hours ago   ·  1
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Wish we were there! 80 degrees in Houston today. Needles to say, no snow or mountains.

10 hours ago
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It was def deeper than 8

8 hours ago   ·  1
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Hey Kimberly Trevino and Gary Silk... The Snowbird forecast was for 3 To 7 In today. Yippee!

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See ya soon Boss

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My happy place

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I’m ready!

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On our wayyyyy

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