Pumping the trail

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It wasn’t too long ago that I learned more about pumping. This is a pretty common practice with BMX guys. Basically when you’re going through rhythm section or roller/bump, you pump or push down on your handle bars and legs on the back side to help you gain some free speed to the next roller. Check out this video that shows you how the BMX guys do it.

Then I discovered that this pumping thing was pretty practical too in mountain biking. In fact it makes me a more progressive rider knowing that I’m making the suspension work for me rather than waiting for the suspension to work if there’s a bump on the ground.

I’ve showed this video before, and I’m still a big fan of it. If you pay close attention, you’ll quickly see that you can implement pumping on your next trail ride. For me, not only does it make for a smoother ride, but I’m also able to get my bike to work with my body. I feel more connected and more fluid when I involve pumping in my rides. Besides it also gives you more of a workout!

RL Policar

RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of MtnBikeRiders.com and BikeCommuters.com. Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).


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