Your First MTB Trail Ride – Mountain Biking Explained EP3

Your First MTB Trail Ride – Mountain Biking Explained EP3

In this episode of Mountain Biking Explained, we’ll talk about what you need to know to ride your first trail. How do you find it? What do you look for? How do you keep from pissing everyone off? Watch to find out!

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Mountain Biking Explained Playlist:

All of Lisa’s Gear:

IMBA’s trail ratings:

Beginner Workshop:


  1. Memish guy on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Why is it so hard for women to get up from the seat?

  2. Blizzard on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    No wonder I’m scared of falling off my bike, I’ve never fell off 😂

  3. Andrew J on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Are raliegh mountain bikes good for trails

  4. Life of Bassman on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    On Time I was on a wood featur and it snapped behind me

  5. Men X on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    My friends told me mountain bike is more types of bikes. Like downhill, dirt trail atc. But wich one i need for this?

  6. Matty Evans on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm


  7. bannanas lego technic workshop on June 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks Seth! This one was a very helpful video and I hope to watch more just like it!

  8. Hanz's Dog on June 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    How many people are just watching this for entertainment

  9. Matty Evans on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm


  10. CR Cuadernal on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Hey Seth, should I get knee pads?
    I been riding for a while but I’m still not accustomed to trailing and the basic skills it needs like bunny hops and manuals because I’m afraid to injure myself again.
    I fell off a trail and got stitches on my knees and a sprained right shoulder.
    Let me know if I should get knee pads just for practicing.

    Thanks! More power to you.

  11. Dominic Walker on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Takes alot to get filmed as a beginner. Way to go, I would not want a camera on me while I learn.

  12. Martin Arundel on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Would Lisa like to join me on the GDMBT.

  13. Anthony W on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Can someone please tell me how much psi for the tires ? I checked mine is about 36 ,I checked online they say 80 – 100 is average , I’m scare to put more air in , it feels like it is going to explode !

  14. edi-BMW on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Actually allot of the skills i was thinking that are normal to know for a beginner. I have been riding bikes since i was 3yr till 18-19 years old nothing special just like 150$ bikes.
    Now 10 years later I’m getting back on the bike and I’m like "Oh boy it has advanced allot!"! Even I find it more enjoyable now then when i was a kid.. because i appreciate the biking as a good workout and nice quality time to spend with my wife riding into the woods/ mountains.

  15. Wwe Kid on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I haven’t ate lunch for four weeks to afford a bike

  16. Carson Davis on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved

  17. Roger-_- R on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I need help climbing very tall and long trails

  18. Nators Terra on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    2:12 Man, this looks like big fun. Thinking about to get out my old bike and hit some trails :O

  19. Will Irvin Parkour on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    AHAHAHHHHH IM THE one milionth viewer!!!!

  20. Seth's Bike Hacks on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I see a lot of comments saying that Lisa should get out of the saddle. Yes, we know this already. Please remind yourself that she is a beginner and WE’RE NOT DONE WITH THE SERIES. So far we have covered bikes and trail rules, both of which need to be reviewed before techniques.

    The workshop in the next video is all about bike control, but this is not in response to the comments. The comments are actually totally counterproductive, since Lisa is actually a real person doing this in front of an international audience of thousands of people. Cut her some slack, or don’t watch.

  21. Maria CH. on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Had my second trail ride yesterday. My goodness, it was heaven.

  22. Will Fudge on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I feel like every trail on Long Island is a technical

  23. Graffs GD on June 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    When you’re a very experienced skier who wants to try mountain biking for the summer and you hear the term “green dot” getting tossed around

    *angry skier noises*

  24. Daily Philippine Biker on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I was a beginner a year back but my first trail is actually a DH trail.

    Because here in the Philippines (near my place) is an old DH race trail/track.

  25. Gian Oberle on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I am so annoyed of peapule sitting while riding Down.

  26. Jim Wagner on June 27, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Well Seth I’m more impressed everytime I see your videos most Pro riders are just go fast try-hard video Maker’s you’re not you actually have the soul of a good teacher

  27. Carter Day on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I really like building and riding my own trails and making them gnarly. If I’m going to build a feature there isn’t going to be a bypass.😂

  28. Stephen 1982 on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I wouldn’t hike at some of the places you guys ride. Great video.

  29. Kyle Pounds on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Just started riding for the first time in roughly 10 to 15 years and really liking it so far. Thank you for the videos these are really helpful

  30. Spartan on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Bought a bike yesterday, rode my first ever trail today. I got lost, never saw another person, was definitely not a flow trail, but loved it. I absolutely love the challenge.

  31. Antikommunist on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    My God, did I learn it the hard way last year. Got smashed through a ridiculous steep trail startingpoint, rockgardens and technical trails, like a bitch. Didn’t knew almost anything.
    This year I got to learn how to handle airtime, scary….

  32. Vtard1 on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I like watching other ppl fall….makes me feel better about me falling and eating

  33. Stanley88845 on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I need someone like Seth in my life, my dads pretty good but we don’t have a truck or van to put the bikes in and he doesn’t want to get a rack for his car so we pretty much hate to ride everywhere we want to go, and around where we live the best you’ll get is public forests, and you’ll struggle to find many fun things in them.

  34. Vera 870 on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    This is an amazing series! I’m glad I’ve found it at the beginning of my biking excursions.

  35. Cross Loft Pigeons on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Would you please explain about gears ⚙️ and which one is most appropriate when going up fast or going up slowly or going down a hill

  36. Tom DC on June 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    In England we have hardly any green and we also have reds

  37. Matty Evans on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm


  38. Hayden Gutierrez on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What happened to this series?

  39. Chuck Taylor on June 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Good going Lisa! Have fun and keep peddling! I’m 64 and getting ready to buy my 1st MTB/Trail bike. I road road bikes in my 20s, but this look like more fun.

  40. CrummyMTB Adventures on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    You’ve inspired me so much man!! You and sampler and phill and porter and boost master. All you guys. So positive and supportive! And always having a good freaking time! I started my own little “berm creek” if you will haha. Not gonna call it that obviously. Anyways love watching and learning!!! Maybe we can ride together one day!!

  41. abeegle1 on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Good job Lisa. You did it!

  42. Matty Evans on June 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm


  43. avalanchesoul on June 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Why did it take her so long to learn to stand up in the saddle to get over that hump? A difference between men and women I notice is guys look at obstacles and think We can do this, where girls will often say like in this video It’s a tree stump, I can’t. My gf argues it’s social conditioning, which plays some part I’m sure, but you’ll see this difference between high and low testosterone men I find. Anyway…. Lol

  44. Dashcam Dumbasses on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    This is why I love You Tube. There is always somebody to tackle some topic or the other and present it perfectly. I’ve only ever ridden road bicycles but I’m about to get myself a mountain bike and hit the trails. Thanks for the content.

  45. eLJaybud on June 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Did she even have room to get up out of the saddle. Maybe a candidate for a dropper post, or just move her seat down.

  46. heyzooz on June 27, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    This is a great introduction video. I’m a beginner, haven’t been on a bike in 20 years. Got a GT Aggressor Pro (feel free to hate) last week and rode on a quiet back road for a half hour just to get the feel of two wheels again. I was nervous to check out some local trails but after watching this video and some others I’m excited to learn and gain experience. I’m a realist and know I’ll never do anything extreme but I’d def like to get good enough to enjoy an intermediate trail. Thanks for the motivation!

  47. Tafkaprincess on June 27, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Love watching her. I’m still scared of everything

  48. FNT_Aboze on June 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    This how much times he said “ouu”


  49. David Reynolds on June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Would think lowering the seat would naturally make her/others want to stand more, i spend more time standing then sitting, that has come over from enduro riding as you gotta ket the bike and your legs absorb the energy to save yourself from getting beat up, as well as have a thousand times more control over the bike(very important on a 300 pound dirtbike) and crosses over to mountain biking very well.

  50. Gabriel Milbourn on June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    she looks like david mitchell