Mountain biking is an awesome sport, but there are some things new riders may not know that those of us riding for a while have found out through trial and error. This is a learning curve that can not only hurt your body but your pride and your pocket book as well.

One of the things I love about this sport is how awesome the people that participate in it are, so I asked our readers what they wish they knew when they started riding and these are the top tips that they came up with. I hope that you can learn from our mistakes.