– When it comes to gettin’
better on the bike, there really is no replacement
for gettin’ out and riding as often as you can. But here are a few other
things to think about as you’re tryin’ to improve, every time you ride. (intense music) – Pushing yourself. If you’re not constantly pushing yourself when you’re out on the trail, you’re gonna find yourself
in a little glass box and it’s gonna be hard to break out of it. It doesn’t have to be huge steps. Small steps. A corner, for instance. Perfecting that, getting better. Even jumps. Hitting jumps can help you progress and get more creative and sick at riding bikes. – Timing yourself out there on the trail is a great way of pushing your skills. – Yeah, you can get a
mate with a stopwatch or use something like Strava. I used to use that
quite a lot as a carrot, try and get fit and steal
one of my mate’s KLMs. – (blows out breath) Well. Right, I’m your mate and I’ve got a timer. – Right.
– Are you ready? – I’m ready.
– Are you steady? – I’m steady. – Go!
(grunt of exertion) (intense music) – Gah. How did you get there? Fast or not? – Very. Look at that. – Oh, nice. – Very fast. – Try to really concentrate
and think about what you’re doing when you’re riding. Maybe that section that you’ve ridden a hundred times on your local trail. Is there a better line through there? Could you be a smoother rider? Then maybe think about
learning to pump a bit better, or even in corners, does
it feel like your front wheel could wash out? Maybe think about bike
set up and practising your cornering skills. Thinking about what’s going on also makes a big difference with bike set up. As an ex-pro, I used to test components and suspension, often doing repeated runs on a downhill course against the clock. But sometimes it’s just
thinking about how it felt, and then recording the differences. So it’s actually surprising how quickly you can coach yourself to
set your bike up better, when you really start to think about it. – So yeah, take your time to mess around with all those
settings on your bike. This is a great one. These spaces under your stem. I just moved mine up and it’s made a hell of a difference. Tyre pressures is a good
one to mess around with. Also, don’t be scared to mess around with those settings on your shocks, your front and your rear. That can make a big
difference; can make you faster and smoother at the same time. – Ride with others. It’s great to have a
bit of friendly rivalry to push yourselves on, but also it’s great to have a safety net
of having a buddy there in case you do fall off. – Exactly. Following someone that’s
a little bit quicker than you, or you’re quicker than him, or egging each other on is great fun. And it helps you progress. (grunts in effort) – Try to empty the tank, physically. So maybe hit one more climb and descent than your usual ride, or maybe just push a slightly harder gear than is comfortable on
that big last climb. It’s just gonna give you
a little bit more fitness, while ultimately, make you a faster rider. (sharp exhale) So there you go, there’s a few ways to get faster every time you ride. – Exactly. If you wanna subscribe, click this little globe right here and you won’t miss another video. – Click down here for
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