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Riding On Grass

Grass is a constantly changing surface and your bike will react very differently on new, worn, dry or wet grass and you need to adapt your riding technique to suit the conditions of the grass.

On short, dry grass is dry your tires can grip very well and you will have no problems with controlling and powering the bike. But as the grass becomes worn perhaps in narrow sections it will begin to lose some of the grip. Where the grass wears away completely and patches of the track become dirt, this surface will behave like dust in dry conditions and mud when it is wet.

When the grass is wet it becomes very slippery and a surprisingly difficult surface to ride on as your tires struggle to grip when turning, braking and pedaling.

Dry Grass
If the grass is in good condition then you can ride as normal, really attacking grass banks and descents, as you know you will have the grip required. If the trail is worn, look for new lines. If there are no unworn patches, give yourself more braking time and keep seated when pedaling.

Ruts can form on very worn paths. If you are caught in a rut then you either have to bunny hop out of it or just keep control of the handlebars and ride in it till it finishes.

Even dry grass can be hard going, so fitting a pair of less aggressively treaded, or semi slick tires will make life easier.

Wet Grass
Stay in the saddle for climbs, using a gear low enough to achieve a cadence of around 90 rpm to help prevent wheel spin. When descending be smooth, and any avoid sudden changes in pace or direction.

For grassy corners, check your speed and pick your line before the bend. If you have to brake on the corner, brake lightly with only the rear brake.

On worn tracks beware of ruts, the edges will be slippery and they may contain water and holes that you may not see. An aggressive, open treaded tire will increase grip.


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