Mountain Bike Tip – One Finger On The Brakes

One Finger On The Brakes

Last week we talked about the merits of learning to use both your front and rear brake together. This week we’d like to remind you to use only one finger on the lever while braking. Just like you wouldn’t use two feet to brake in your car, you don’t need that much lever pressure to slow your bike. Braking with one finger allows for better modulation and allows you to brake smoothly without locking up your wheels. With today’s bike technology and hydraulic disc brakes, you’ll have better braking sensitivity using only one finger. The key to feeling comfortable using only one finger is to move your levers in so that your one finger lines up on the end of the lever. This creates maximum leverage, giving you the confidence and power to use only one finger.

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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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