MTB Tips Live Show 24: Prize Draw, Quick Tips and Your Questions Answered

Hi Groovers,

It’s that time again: The monthly $50 Chain Reaction Cycles prize draw and a heap of your questions answered, including:

‘Does Sadde Stopping mean using your bum to stop the rear end bouncing too high?’

- Paddy McNasty, via How to Ride Up Stairs on a MTB

‘Hey Chris, what’s the longest race you ever did?

- Javed, via Faster Cornering: S-Bend and Line Change Super Tip

‘How do you snap the rear wheel? That’s the hard part.’

- trotanium13, via How to bunny Hop – The Best Step-by-step Guide


Get it all here: MTB Tips Live Show 24 (5m58s)

MTB tips Live Show 24


~ Chris

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How to Ride Lines that Nobody Else Sees

Hi Groovers,

It’s Line Choice week at MTBtips.

Monday’s new release was the Straight Lining video, and

Today’s new release is all about Secret Lines: How to Ride Lines that Nobody Else Sees.

So many gains can be made by riding better lines on the trail. Better speed, flow, control and adaptability come to mind.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your gains below:


Watch the *new* How to Ride Lines that Nobody Else Sees video HERE (2:52)

How to Ride Lines Nobody Else Sees video

and if you missed it,


check out Monday’s Straight Lining video HERE (2:32)

Straight Lining MTB Technique

Share them with your friends, or maybe not. Especially if you want to have the edge over them on the trails!

~ Chris

Have a Look at what Straight Lining Can Do For You: 3 Quick Examples

Hi Groovers,

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

Click the link to watch how Straight-Lining 3 different sections of trail (Up, Down and Along) can make a very noticeable difference to your speed, flow and efficiency.


3 Ways You Can Straight Line for More Speed, Flow and Efficiency (2m32s)

Straight Lining Technique

If you’re not a Straight-Liner, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much difference it makes.

Not only can it give you more speed, flow and efficiency, but it helps you think better on the bike, too!

Find out how, then hit the trails with it. I’m keen to hear how much fun this new technique brings to your mountain biking.

~ Chris


Recent videos you may have missed:

How to Beat Pre-Race Nerves: 6 Winning Strategies – includes Downloadable Checklist
MTBtips Live Show 23
How to Climb Up Stairs on a Mountain Bike

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How to Beat Pre Race Nerves : 6 Winning Strategies PLUS Downloadable Pre-Race Checklist

Hi Groovers,

How to Beat Pre Race Nerves

When kept under control, pre-race nerves are a good thing.

A little nervousness before the race helps focus your energy and thoughts on the task ahead.  This maximizes your chances of a great race start, which sets the foundation for a more enjoyable race and a better race result.


If those nerves get the better of you, they could turn into anxiety and a serious case of nervousness.  If that happens, your race can start to come undone before you get anywhere near the start line.

And we don’t want that!

Click the links below to learn how to Beat Pre Race Nerves with 6 Simple Strategies.


Go straight to the 2m36s video HERE or,

if you’d rather read first, click How to Beat Pre Race Nerves – The Complete Guide


Don’t forget to download the Pre Race Checklist PDF on the same page – includes simple guidelines to create your own Checklist.

**PLUS! Help MTBtips hit 5 Million views by the weekend!  Click Like and Share the video or the MTBtips Youtube Channel with your friends!

I’m glad you opened this message, and I really hope it helps you in your next mountain bike race.

~ Chris

MTB Tips Live Show 23: Racing, Tire Guide and Code, Squeaky Saddles, Popping Fork Seals and more

Hi Groovers,

Live Show 23′s Hot Topics include:

  • The new Tire Selection Video Guide (and discount code which expires very soon)
  • A classic tip to help you get rid of the squeaks
  • Three short tips that viewers have used to race faster

Plus a couple of Fork Cleaning and Clipless Pedal questions answered.

It’s less than 5 minutes of Golden MTB Goodness that will help you mountain bike better, so check it out!


Watch MTB Tips Live Show 23 HERE (4:51)


While you’re at MTBtips, please share a video with a friend. The MTBtips Youtube Channel has nearly reached 5 Million views. Every view counts and I’d love to hit The Big 5 by the weekend, but I need your help to make it happen!

Enjoy the Live Show and please say Hi to your bike for me.

~ Chris

Video Surprise: New Tire Buying Guide and discount code for All Groovers

Hi Groovers,

how to choose mountain bike tires

My new, 6 Step Tire Buying Video Guide is a bit like one of those Kinder Surprise chocolates: what you can see is a real treat, and then there’s a hidden surprise, too!


Watch ‘How to Choose Mountain Bike Tires : Simple 6 Step Guide’ HERE

Click through to the new 4-minute Tire Buying Guide and surprise yourself.  A special discount code on ALL bike tires for the MTBtips Community awaits.

Share or Email friends: use the buttons below to help them choose the right tires and ride better!

Enjoy!  ~ Chris

p.s. The code expires at 12pm (BST) on 29th July. Better be quick!

MTB Tips Live Show 22: Your Skill Challenge, Pegatin, Tool Pouches and Prizes

Hi Groovers,

In this week’s Live Show: Watch it HERE

  • I set a challenge for Your next ride. (It’s not that hard, but the rewards can be huge!)
  • A 10% discount on Pegatin Pro (enter the code “MTBTIPS10” at step 3 where it says ‘Have a coupon?’)
  • Weekly Quick Tip: the Tool Pouch that costs you nix


  • New MTBtips Up and Down Stairs skill videos
  • The (belated) May and June $50 subscriber prize draws
  • Your Comments Q and A, and a heap more handy tips

In a nutshell: plenty of solid gold stuff to help you mountain bike better in only 5 minutes.

Enjoy! and say Hi to your bike for me.

~ Chris


If you enjoyed this Live Show please click Like and Share it with your friends.

Skill videos mentioned in this Live Show:

7 Ways you Can Pedal Smarter
How to Mountain Bike 20 Percent Faster in 3 minutes
The Thigh Stop Downhill Control Technique
How to Use a Dropper Post for MORE than Just Downhill
How to Ride Down Stairs: The 4 Key Tips
How to Ride UP Stairs: The 4 Key Tips – viewed 7,000 times and only 2 days old!
How to Bunny Hop – the Best Step by Step Guide


How to Ride Up and Down LONGER Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Steps you could be missing

Hi Groovers,

I had a lot of fun making these 2-minute videos for you!

If you’ve ever wanted the skill to:

  • climb Up more than the usual three of four stairs, or
  • ride Down a long flight of stairs that includes a landing turn

Then check out these brand new skill videos:

How to Ride UP Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Steps

How to Ride DOWN Stairs on a Mountain Bike: The 4 Key Steps


How to ride up stairs 250p play thumbnailHow to ride down stairs 250p play thumbnail

Why should you learn to ride stairs?

  1. Because it’s fun.  Of course!
  2. Because the skills you learn are just what you need to ride stairs made of roots and ledges on the trails.

If you have any questions, drop me a line in the comments.  I’ll see if I can help some more.

AND, if you can please give me 30 seconds of your time – click the Like button and Share these videos with a friend.  It’s what helps MTBtips grow bigger to help more mountain bikers ride better!

Enjoy! ~ Chris

The Light Bulb Moment: MTBtips Indiegogo Trailer (did someone say T-shirts?)

Exciting news, Groovers!

Check out the 1-minute video below:


If you like the sound of that, please click Like and Share this video with your friends!

Let’s make this happen!

Say Hi to your bike for me.
~ Chris

MTB Tips Live Show 21– Hop, Heel, Drop & Cage Super Tips, Prize Draw and more

Hi Groovers,

In MTB Tips Live Show 21:

  • A surprise Skill Video from the MTB Tips Video Vault that you probably haven’t seen,
  • A Quick Tip to keep you hydrated on the trail,
  • The April Prize Draw,
  • My answers to the great questions below, and more!

Watch 5-minute Live Show 21 HERE

‘What things can I do to improve my bike.

I have bought pedals and wheels. What other things would be worth upgrading? My bike is 10 years old.’

~ Mercy J. via MTB Tips Live Show 20

‘I can’t seem to get my front wheel that high. Any tips on getting the front wheel higher than 6 inches?’

~ Doug R. via How to Bunny Hop

‘I am having trouble going over logs and need to know if you have a video that teaches me’

~ Ken H. via 5 Backyard Drills for Awesome MTB Skills

‘Is the technique the same for non-clip in pedals? How do we get the rear wheel up?’

~ dacitizenonline via How to Bunny Hop


Thanks for subscribing. Enjoy the tips and the trails!

~ Chris

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How to Bunny Hop and the One Critical Step Most Riders Miss

Hi Groovers,

Let’s cut to the chase.

We all know the Bunny Hop is an essential mountain biking skill that makes you far more capable on the trails.

But it’s not the easiest skill to learn.

Particularly when a lot of the videos out there are missing one critical step. So, I’ve included it in the brand new MTBtips How to Bunny Hop video.


Click HERE to view the How to Bunny Hop video and complete tutorial


So if you’ve struggled to learn the hop in the past, or you’re looking for a bigger, better hop, this is the video for you.

At the link you’ll also find helpful Set-up tips, a Practice Schedule that offers REAL results, and lots more.  With all this at your fingertips, you’re guaranteed to get it right. So check it out!


How to Bunny Hop


Have fun with it and drop any feedback or questions you may have in the comments section.

Tell your bike I said Hi.

~ Chris