When you break it down to its most basic element, riding a mountain bike comes down to the interplay between your Center of Gravity (COG) and your bike’s COG. Usually referred to as “body position”, this relationship determines your balance points and ability to move on the bike.
On your body the COG is roughly at the hips and on the bike it is roughly at the bottom bracket. Everything on your bike comes down to manipulating this relationship to achieve an outcome like pedaling, cornering, bunny hopping or anything else you can think of.
The problem is that it can be tough to tell exactly what is going on with this relationship until it is too late. After you blow a corner you realize your COG was too far back or after you fly over the bars you realize it was too far forward but that doesn’t help you avoid those situations.
Luckily, there is a fast and easy way to tell where your COG is in relationship to the bike’s COG and how you should adjust if needed. In this video I show you how your hands are the best tool you have to check in on this because the weight and pressure there will quickly tell you the story.
Learning how to listen to your body instead of just focusing on how you look when executing a skill is the next step towards taking control of you progress as a rider. When things feel right they always look right but they can look right and fail to achieve what we really want.
Hopefully this tip can help you improve your balance and confidence on the trail. Give it a shot the next time you ride and let me know how it goes.
Until next time…