Mounting and dismounting mountain bike

Mounting and dismounting mountain bike

Yes, we know it sounds too easy... Who does not know Mounting or Dismounting a Bike!?!? We must admit - this is kind of true. But...

Of the things that you also need to control besides the Basic riding techniques is Mounting and Dismounting your Mountain Bike. Yes, we know it sounds just too easy... Who does not know how to Mount or Dismount a Bike!?!? We must admit - this is kind of true. But are you certain of yourself that you are Mounting and Dismounting your Mountain Bike efficiently, safely, quickly and in the best possible way...? 

That is why we have created this section.

Mounting your Mountain Bike:

1. Check that the size of the gear is not too large or too low. In either case it means that you cannot get any hold of the surface and that you in most cases cannot mount your bike. If you need to change the gear, then lift up the back wheel and shift gears while you turn the pedals with one foot. 
2. Hold handlebar with both of your hands 
3. One pedal should be in the 2 o'clock position 
4. Lift your right leg over the back of the saddle and place your right foot onto the pedal. Flick the pedal round to engage the toe-clip or cleat mechanism. 
5. Bring the right pedal up to the two o'clock position. Push down with your right foot to begin pedaling 
6. Push off with your left foot 
7. Bring your backside onto the saddle 
8. As the left pedal comes round the 'top-dead-centre', places your left foot on the pedal and continues pedaling.

Dismounting your Mountain Bike:

1. Decrease your biking speed by beginning to brake if you want to dismount your bike. Use both brakes evenly, unless it is downhill, in which case use the front brake very lightly. If you are going uphill, you do not need to do anything as velocity will be decreased automatically if you stop pedaling 

Right-sided dismount:
2. If you have come to a standstill, place your left foot on the floor. 
3. Lean the bike slightly to the left side and move off the saddle to place your left foot flat on the ground and then take your right foot of the pedal and bring your right leg round and over the back of the saddle so that you are standing with the bike on your right. 

Left-sided dismount:
The same as point 2 and 3 but with the other foot

In most cases you might prefer either the left- or the right-sided dismount, but it is advised that you should also feel comfortable with the other side dismount. The reason for this is that is could come in handy, if your preferred side is impractical due to barriers.

Safety Riding Guide

1. Helmet - Most important rule for bikers - Always wear a helmet

2. Never Ride Beyond Your Abilities - 
There is no shame in walking sections of the trail you don't feel confident enough to ride

3. Keep Your Speed in Check - Always keep your speed at a level that will allow you to adjust to any unforeseen obstacles or changes in trail condition.

4. Know the Trail - Never push the limits on a trail you are not familiar with. You need to get to know the trail you are riding at slower speeds before you can ride it like the trails you are used to.

5. Slow Down for Blind Corners - You never know what or who is around a corner when you can't see past it.

6. On the right side of the road - In Vietnam people ride on the right side of the road. You need to do the same as them

7. Drink enough water - Drink before you feel thirsty

8. Stop and Look - Stop and look at sections of the trail that look like they may pose a challenge before you ride them.

Recommended & Reviewed by

Responsible Travel

Being a responsible eco tour operator is at the heart of what ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA is all about. From the start, we have been committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.
Back to top