A Welcome and Basics

Our Newbie Helps section was originally started and written by the Admin here at MTB Dirt and is designed to help the people starting out in the sport learn a few of the foundations they will need as they progress. None of the information delivered should be taken as perfect for you personally, only a professional ...

Stick Hopping - Precursor to logs and jumps

Stick Hopping This is the one I tell all my riders to really practice, as it comes into play more often than you think. What we’re doing is learning to lift the front wheel only off the ground, so you’re smooth getting over your obstacles, the smoother you are the less wasted energy, so the more ener...

Corners

Normal Corners Ride like the Pro's Drive - Race drivers have a saying, "Slow in, Fast out" and this refers to entering a corner. If they brake late and therefore hit the corner at speed they will often need to make corrections through the turn and wash off speed. As they exit the turn they then have to accelerate ...

Queensland Rail and Travelling with bikes

Travelling with your bike on QR services Queensland Rail and Travelling with bikes You are permitted to travel on a QR city and suburban service (rural/country services have different rules) with your bike at all times during weekends and public holidays. Bicycles are permitted on QR city and suburban services o...

Cleaning your bike

Washing your bike after a ride is sometimes necessary to ensure your bike runs smoothly. Of course you may be someone who simply likes a clean bike because it just looks better clean.So what do you wash it with? How should you do it?Below are our suggestions. Carwash /Cleaners - I personally like to use carwash ...

Finding a Ride

Trails Section - Our trails sections here at MTB Dirt can help somewhat but there is no substitute for being shown around by a rider with local knowledge. Forums - Our MTB Dirt forums has an 'Organise a Ride' section where our members organise rides around Sth East Qld each weekend and some week days. Most ...

Crashing

Crashing occurs for many reasons. Equipment failure, outside interference, terrain, to name a few. As a new rider though, the most common reason will be user error ... meaning you will stuff up and cause the crash yourself. The comforting thought is you'll crash many times during your years of riding MTBing and m...

Ruts

These develop on the trails due to erosion caused by water flow. They are most prominent on fireroad climbs and descents. They are sometimes found on singletrack also and can develop due to excessive skidding or poorly designed trail. In most cases it's best to try to avoid the ruts as they are usually bumpy...

Logs

Logs come in all different sizes, in all different locations. Some can be rolled over, some can jumped ... most can be taken either way.For a new rider a log can be a very intimidating obstacle. Fear of digging a front chainring into the log, or simply going over the bars is often present. Some more experien...

Clipless Pedals

The term 'Clipless' sounds misleading as your shoe does indeed clip in to these pedals. The term comes from when the changeover from toe clips to clipless arrived back in the early to mid 80's. Back then we had a metal or plastic clip that bolted to the pedals with a leather or synthetic strap running through the...

Handlebar Height

The handlebar height is an important setting on any bikewith an intended use related to performance. The height works in with the relationship of seat height and the distance from seat to bars. This setting affects both your reach and the weight distribution on the front wheel and therefore can affect steering an...

Seat Position

This is an important adjustment and directly affects your efficiency in power to the pedals. This setting is also important for correct back posture on the bike as many settings are. Handlebar stem can also make a difference but for now we'll assume the bike has the correct size stem fitted.The correct position ...

First Aid Kits

The following is a suggested list of what to carry as a first aid kit on longer rides especially if in more remote locations. You can carry it all in an old toiletries bag or, but any simple case will do. 1 x pair of latex gloves for when there is blood 1 x roll Micropore tape; this can be substituted with ele...

Seat Height

For styles such as Downhill, Freeride and Dirt Jump a lower seat height is necessary for ease of changing your body position, and also avoiding the dreaded bashing of one's special bits and end up rolling around on the ground crying like a girl whether you are one or not. However, for trail riding and efficiency ...

Spares and Tools

By taking the right spare parts and tools, you ensure that you are not a liabilty to others on a ride. Experienced riders will be happy to help a new rider by waiting for them to catch up, showing them how to ride, even helping to fix a flat tyre, but don't tend to be impressed with people riding without so much ...

Descents

The reward for those tough climbs. But some are tougher than others. Again we'll concentrate on two basic types ... long fast descents and steep slow descents.Again your weight placement is important. Like climbing you need to keep your weight centred which means moving your body back as far as the decent demands...

Climbing

To a newbie they are the bane of trail riding. To an experienced rider they are a challenge and where time is gained or lost. Climbing well makes a racer faster and a weekend ride more enjoyable. In the most basic of categories there are two types of hills we'll talk about here ... long climbs and short steep cli...

Spinning

Learning to stay seated and to pedal in the right gear for the terrain you are travelling on and in a circular motion and at quick rpm (fast cadence) is the most energy efficient way and also reduces your recovery time after climbing and also when the ride is over. By spinning the gear you can keep the pedal...

Focus

Most new riders are paranoid about where their front wheel is going. This leads them to concentrate strongly on looking at exactly what the front tyre is running over. By doing this and not focusing on further ahead they rob themselves of advanced warning of what lies ahead. This leads to slower and more erra...

Braking

There are several schools of thought on the best braking practices so we'll look briefly at a couple. "Skids are for Kids" - Firstly, almost every new rider enjoys locking up the rear wheel and flicking the bike through a turn. The term 'Skids are for Kids' is not a complimnetary term in the world of MTB.It's fu...