July
12

Body Position Clinic from Pinkbike

Being balanced on your bike comes down to one thing – body position. Without good body position you will struggle to find flow and apply other skills to your bike. However, despite the importance of it few riders really understand what good body position is, why it is so important and how to fix it.

This video covers the basic Body Position Clinic I use to show my clients how to understand and apply this all important concept. I also go over 3 essential exercise that you can use off the bike to help you fix and ingrain better movement so you can apply it to the bike. Once you get this concept down you’ll find that you are much more consistent on the trail and will have an easier time applying more advanced skills, like the Cornering Drills video I posted a while back.

Enjoy, hope you find the advice helpful…

on pinkbike.com

-James Wilson-

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  1. Geoffrey says:

    That was good stuff. Now if you can just do one of you climbing out of the saddle 😉

    I went into the weight room, and looked at myself in the mirror. I’ve been doing your programs for 9 months now, and they apparently work. Perfectly flat back, nicely packed shoulders. I had to consciously make an effort to cave my chest in.

    Reply • July 12 at 4:45 pm
  2. Phil says:

    cannot get it to play.

    Reply • July 12 at 5:32 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Something with the pinkbike.com embed code makes it a bit wonky – might need to try it with a different browser.

      Reply • July 13 at 8:43 am
  3. John (aka Wish I Were Riding) says:

    Most interesting part for me was about keeping hips in relation to the BB. I want to go ride now so I can try that. Thanks for a great demo.

    Reply • July 12 at 8:05 pm
  4. John K. says:

    James I said this after your cornering video, and I’ll repeat it again: you have real talent for explaining the technical aspects of mountain biking. I think this video might be the most important thing for us intermediate riders to watch. I forwarded this to a number of people. Thanks. Please keep these coming – or better yet, put out a comprehensive DVD! A lot of experts can do this stuff, but they simply cannot explain it the way you do.

    Question for you: how do you apply the basic body position to a situation like jumping? Do you roll into the jump holding the basic body position? And as you roll up the lip, are you shifting your hips to maintain their relation to the BB? I sometimes feel like I’m getting pitched forwards off a jump, and after watching this video, I wonder if I’m letting my hips fall in front of the BB as I leave the lip of the jump (and therefore approaching that critical tipping point).

    Reply • July 13 at 10:12 am
  5. Rafael says:

    This is great!
    One question. You say I should have light presure on my fingers not in my palm. That to my would be scary cause I probably would feel I don’t have enought pressure on my front tire.
    But I’ll try it 🙂

    Reply • July 15 at 1:33 pm
  6. Craig Harris says:

    John K: for jumping isn’t just a passive thing, you need to be actively involved with your bike to control how you jump; as for the general position, you need to retain your balanced position in relation to the vertical (as in gravity) versus remaining perpendicular to the trail. So, relative to the bottom bracket your hips will be further forward when jumping, and when descending super steep sections your hips will be further back.
    Additionally for jumping, you’ll generally want to preload your suspension appropriately, and to go higher you’ll resist the lip of jump. If you are getting bucked it’s a combination of 2 things (a) you’re not preloading the rear suspension so it’s half absorbing and half bouncing off the lip and (b) your weight is too far behind the BB which gradually compresses the rear on the take off ramp and suddenly releases it when the front leaves …. take control and force your suspension to do what you want it to do, not what the trail is going to make it do! hey, some riders almost have their hips on their bars when taking off on massive jumps with steep lips!

    James: another great video, but your terminology is slightly unclear in places (although I know what you meant) e.g. the BB isn’t the centre of gravity of any bike (although it would be awesome if it was! but there’s more weight in front of it and much more weight above it) – rather it’s more of a pivot point around which to move your centre of gravity.

    Reply • August 8 at 11:32 am
  7. Gus says:

    James, great video. Question, you went over all the postions except for seated….Very few recreational riders can ride for an hour or a full lap standing. I know you like the attack position, but how about some help for those of us who have to sit? If this has already been covered, please link, thanks!

    Thanks!

    Reply • April 23 at 9:13 am

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