15 Terrible pieces of MTB advice: Ask the audience

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Jessica Strange

Residing in the valleys of South Wales, Jessica Strange is our editor at You'll probably find her on either a mountain or gravel bike in the Afan Valley Forest, either riding or guiding visitors around the trails. As a qualified bike mechanic, if Jessica isn't riding her bike, you can bet she's tinkering with one! When not fettling with bikes or blowing her legs out on the trails, self-proclaimed tea-addict Jessica is a colossal sci-fi fanatic.


2 years 3 months ago

The biggest surprise for me in my switch from road to MTB is that the technique isn't natural, to the point that at times it's downright counter-intuitive. It's taken a lot of watching others and reading articles to give me the confidence to ride more quickly - particularly with regard to leaning the bike and decoupling from the saddle. I just assumed after 50-odd years of riding on tarmac it would be easy to transition.