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How body position can improve your mountain biking in Lake Tahoe


By Harrison Brown, DPT
Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe
Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe

You’ll find some of the best mountain biking in Lake Tahoe, widely considered one of the greatest places to ride in the country.

Whether you’re a first-timer or an expert, every rider should add proper preparation and recovery to their routine, and make sure they optimize body positioning to maximize performance on their bike.

Lake Tahoe features riding trails such as the famous Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Flume Trail and many others built and maintained by the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA).

Mr. Toad’s is best known for its challenging rock gardens and steep terrain and suited for an advanced mountain biker.

While not technically challenging, the Flume Trail features exposed areas next to cliffs, which can be intimidating, but the views are second to none.

Whether you’re a first-timer or an expert, every rider should add proper preparation and recovery to their routine, and make sure they optimize body positioning to maximize performance on their bike.

Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe
Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe

Basic preparation for mountain biking in Lake Tahoe includes strength training to improve large muscle groups like the quads and glutes, which are relied heavily on while biking.

Whether you’re embarking on a scenic trail or pedaling around the neighborhood, by activating key muscle groups in a warm-up, you can decrease pressure on your joints and reduce your risk for overuse or injury.

As always, drink plenty of fluids, especially when participating in any activity that makes you sweat. After your ride, top the activity off with a period of stretching.

Discomfort from a poorly fitted bike is one of the most common reasons people avoid riding, but adjusting a bike is a simple solution.

mountain biking in Lake Tahoe
Get properly fitted for mountain biking in Lake Tahoe at Barton Center for Orthopedics and Wellness

Everything from foot, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, and wrist position plays a crucial role in riding a bike correctly, and both the casual and competitive cyclist benefit from a properly fitted bike.

During a bike fitting, clinical experts assess posture, flexibility, range of motion, strength, and balance on your bike.

Adjustments made as a result of the fitting can increase pedaling efficiency and power, improve handling performance, decrease overuse injuries, decrease saddle soreness, and reduce or eliminate back, neck and knee pain.

If you’re visiting the area with plans for mountain biking in Lake Tahoe, consider a clinical bike fitting at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness.

You’ll be seen by an expert like Harrison Brown, doctor in physical therapy, clinical bike fit specialist and National Mountain Bike Championship competitor.

For more information or to schedule a fitting so you can enjoy a fun experience mountain biking in Lake Tahoe, call 530.539.6675 or visit online today. Have a fun and safe mountain biking season!

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