A Guide to Body Positioning While Riding

Piloting your mountain bike rather than being its passenger.


Our experience in the saddle can improve greatly when we approach riding through this lens.

By understanding what your bike needs you to do as its captain, you can better navigate technical terrain, maintain speed, enjoy a smoother ride, and most importantly, you'll also be in a better position to respond and correct when things get rough or go wrong on the trail.

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about bike-body separation (review here). When it feels like the bike is taking us along for the ride, rather than the other way around, it's likely that our body position has gotten off center and our weight distribution is off balance — side-side, fore-aft and/or up-down.

Liv Ladies AllRide founder and coach Lindsey Richter recently posted a great video series on her Instagram account showing how important it is to make on-the-fly adjustments to body position when things don't go as planned to ensure you are the one in charge in the cockpit at all times.

Each Tuesday, Lindsey posts riding tips and tricks, so follow @ladiesallride and #teachabletuesday on Instagram to learn something new every week!