5 tips to handle the trails when things get wet

How to rule in the wet

A bit of rain can turn the easiest trails into technical challenges, so here are five tips on how to surf the slop.

1. Ruts

It can be tough to get out of wet ruts, so steer clear of them. Ride wide or your tyres may be guided onto a line you want to avoid.

If you do get stuck in a rut, try to sidehop out so you don’t get cross-rutted.

In corners, small ruts can give you a useful positive camber to lean against.

2. Puddles

Popping a small manual through a puddle will stop the front wheel spraying water all over your legs and up into your face.

It’ll also stop you going over the bars if there are any submerged obstacles.

3. Roots

Always try to hit wet roots straight on, and not diagonally, to avoid losing front wheel grip.

A little manual or unweight over the root(s) will help too.

There’s a good chance you’ll encounter wet roots on the trails
There’s a good chance you’ll encounter wet roots on the trails

4. Balance

When your wheels could slip due to lack of grip, near perfect balance and good body position will give you a better chance of keeping things rubber-side down.

Support your weight with your legs by dropping your heels and lightening your grip on the bar.

5. Braking

Being heavy on the brakes will cause your wheels to lose grip and slip, so just go steady and avoid the temptation to haul on the anchors when things start to get dicey.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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