Use At-Home Drills to Practice
Riding doesn’t always have to be done on the trails! Using simple, at-home practice drills can do wonders to improve the balance needed to tackle difficult obstacles and tight sections of trail.
Grab a two hazard cones and lay them out about 20 feet apart. Now, start with practicing basic figure eight exercises at slow speed. Conquer them at 20 feet? Begin to move the cones closer and closer together until you’re comfortable maneuvering through them at very slow speeds. Simple exercises like this will hone in on the imperfections in your balance, and quickly improving them.
Another drill to practice is a straight-line slalom with cones. Be sure you’re standing, and use only input from your feet to weave your bike through the line of cones. Push into the right foot peg to go right and vice versa.
For the best results practice the above on both street and dirt, and watch your balance improve drastically for any riding situation.