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How to Jump a Mountain Bike: 10 steps with pictures

Mountain biking is a sports which have grown to be largely loved by teenagers. It offers them the opportunity to ride off the road through terrains of different structures. One of the most popular is the one called dirt jumping which allows them to perform tricks while launching their bike off ramps made from compressed dirt.
With this, it is observed that it is important to learn the correct jumping method for all those who are interested in mountain biking.

Step 1
Do a Safety Check on the Bike:
Ensure that your bike is in a top notch condition which implies that it must not be malfunctioning in any way at all. If your bike is not in a safety condition before the ride then your safety after the ride is under question. This is because the malfunctioning might cause serious injuries especially if it is already airborne then.

Step 2
Prepare Yourself For The Jump:
Experience is highly important when you are about to make your first mountain biking and jump. So it follows that if you have not previously been practicing with a skilled biker, then you might be prone to serious injuries after the mountain biking.
Again, you should try to be physically fit before performing the jump.

Step 3
Check out Your Jump Route:
Survey the ramp to make sure that it is safe. There should be no harmful substances like broken bottles, metal scraps, nails and stones. If you are about to jump for the first time, make sure that the slope is not so steep. Always try to see yourself landing safely before you take on any jump.

Step 4
Bike Towards The Ramp:
Do not bike too fast towards the ramp because of course it will get you injured.
Biking moderately will make you to be composed and be able to steer clear of making mistakes.
However, don't say because you are still learning and start biking slowly because it will not clear you of the ramp.

Step 5
Lean Forward With Your Weight so as to Compress Your Bike When the Front Wheel Touches the Edge of the Ramp:
Before that, you must have stopped pedalling. You should slightly raise your buttocks away from the seat and lean towards the handle bars but not past it so as to avoid tumbling with your bike.

Step 6
Explode as the Rear Wheel Touches the Lid of the Ramp:
This is the time when you are  about to be airborne and it is a very critical stage. At the exploding stage of biking, a cyclist stands up and pulls the handle bars with him as he does so. This keeps the weight of the the bike concentrated at the back. Try to always have your foot on the pedal at this stage.

Step 7
Enjoy the Entertaining Part of Biking:
Being airborne will take place without any problem if you correctly compressed and exploded. Do not stiffen yourself at this stage. Enjoy the fun of biking. If you have become a pro in mountain biking, then this stage is the time to exhibit all other skills that you have. If you were unable to complete this stage, then you should try again after properly checking out and mastering the preceding steps.

Step 8
Get Ready to Land:
Preparing to land after the flight is just like preparing to take off for the flight. Hence, you have to return to the stance or positions you took before the flight. Your elbows and knees should be bent and directed outwards.

Step 9
Land on Both Wheels Simultaneously:
While you are still in the air, ensure that your bike is parallel to the ground and  also keep your body at the same level with your bike. The shock will be less if both wheels of your bike touch the ground at the same time.

Step 10
Make the Wheels to Rebalance:
Ensuring that the wheels are rebalanced is the last but not the least stage of mountain biking. You can achieve this by pushing the wheels of the bike into landing. It makes the wheel to grip the ground firmly and easily. For this, your hands and feet are required not in stiffened state but loosened.

Please use the comment section to add more tips to the ones above.

REFERENCES/SOURCES

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-gladwell/cheating-death-essential-_b_8197432.html

2. http://www.bikemaine.org/safety-education/bike-safety

3. http://www.sacredrides.com/blog/mountain-bike-injuries

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