Mountain Bike Tips
Looking to go off-road for the first time? Here are some helpful tips to make sure your introduction to Pajarito Mountain is successful.
Make sure you have all the right gear. See our first time mountain biking page for more details.
Attack Position: For steep downhills, it is important to keep your weight over the back wheel. Push your butt out past your seat while keeping your arms back and bent. Keep your arms loose enough to absorb bumps, but still tight enough to control the bike.
Put your seat down for downhill. If your bike has an adjustable seat post, put the seat post a couple of inches lower than your pedaling hight. It makes it easier for you to put your weight back for steep descents and maneuver your bike around corners. Most of the time you shouldn’t be even sitting in your seat because you will be in attack position.
Keep your index finger on the brakes at all times! With well set up disc brakes all you will need is two fingers to stop your bike. The rest of your fingers can be used grip the bars.
Announce yourself to other riders. If you are passing other riders, ask them to pull over when they get a chance, be polite and safe when passing.
When being passed take your time and pull completely off the trail. Avoid forcing the passing rider off the trail.
Know the code
- Stay in control at all times. It is your responsibility to avoid other persons & objects around you.
- Don’t stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Keep off closed areas and obey all signs and warnings.
- Please assist if you’re involved in or witness a collision or accident and identify yourself to Bike Patrol.
- When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and yield to other riders. Stay on marked trails. Do not cut switchbacks.
- Stay off lifts and out of the Bike Park if your ability is impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the attendant.
- Hiking on bike trails is not permitted.
- Do not feed, provoke or approach wildlife.