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Old 06-07-05, 03:54 PM   #1
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OK People, list your MTB "quirks" for us all to laugh at....

I suppose one of mine is saying the word "Fluid" to myself over & over while flying DH. Don't ask why, but it seems to help me remain calm, a little anyway....

Another is about helmets. I won't even consider one w/o a visor....

I also have a habit of "making my own tracks" in the mud, just to let others see them I guess? I don't know. Just a quirk....
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I suppose one of mine is saying the word "Fluid" to myself over & over while flying DH. Don't ask why, but it seems to help me remain calm, a little anyway....
Mine was always "oh **** oh **** oh ****" the whole way down. Had nothing to do with calming though.
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I grunt when climbing over obstacles. I come from a weight lifting background so I guess it stuck with me. If I traverse over a big rock or log I say "UGHGHHGH!"
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I just stick to ol' fashion cursin' at the bike, or anyone nearby, as I climb a particularly tough grade or difficult region. Nothing works better. Nothing....
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Just the general "wow" "sweet" "whoosh" noises when im doing something sweet....
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I have a bad habit of getting 80's song stuck in my head while riding on familiar trails. That's not all bad, but they're usually really bad ones I only heard from MTV and night tracks from the old TBS station. I can't get the good ones in there. Prince, Go Go's, Boy George, Wham. All those early days of music videos.
When I'm on new stuff or the really technical. I'm either totally oblivious or get the good stuff like Mudvayne, Taproot, Drowning Pool or Rush
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I just stick to ol' fashion cursin' at the bike, or anyone nearby, as I climb a particularly tough grade or difficult region. Nothing works better. Nothing....
I'm with you here. Cursing helps in other aspects of life as well.
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mine is everytime I get on for a ride, I hear and start singing to myself.. that Aerosmith song.. I'mmmm baaaaakkkkk... I'm back in the saddle again... I'mmmmmm baaaaakkkkkk ......Steve Tyler haunts my every ride.. so i got that going for me.. which is kinda nice...
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Though it didn't start with nor is it limited to, when i started racing motocross, i started the habit of ALWAYS! putting my right boot/shoe/cleat on first.
Now i do it for anything that ever goes on my feet.
Stupid superstition, but when your flying 30 ft in the air going fast on a motorcycle, you tend to do things like that.
OH, i also sometimes slightly pull in my brake levers and let them snap back, so they make the clicking noise...i do it and try to make a song out of it.
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Old 06-07-05, 11:54 PM   #10
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I tend to say "gah..." after a drop, and "wow..." after I almost fall of a cliff and fall tens of feet into a tree trunk.
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Do people stare at ya kinda funny.
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I have a stupid quirk where I can only step down onto my right foot in bad situations. This leads to me getting tossed countless times when I can't connect 2 simple steps: 1-Clip out foot, 2-put foot down.

Either I get the left foot clipped out and I'm boned, or I try to step down with my right foot only to realize there is nothing there, and I'm boned!

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I'm a big fan of cursing-sometimes for no reason whatsoever. On climbs sometimes I shout, "Yah, mule, yah!" at my bike like it's gonna make it climb better or something. On DH's I just like to yell. Y'know, "Woohoooo!!" and stuff like that. I now have to wear gloves everytime I get on my bike(unless I'm just tuning it up in the driveway or somethin').
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I also have a habit of "making my own tracks" in the mud, just to let others see them I guess? I don't know. Just a quirk....
yep do that.



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I just stick to ol' fashion cursin' at the bike, or anyone nearby, as I climb a particularly tough grade or difficult region. Nothing works better. Nothing....
I've resorted to kicking my bike, while cursing it with every foul name under the sun, in a Basil Fawlty stylee.


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I have a bad habit of getting 80's song stuck in my head while riding on familiar trails. That's not all bad, but they're usually really bad ones I only heard from MTV and night tracks from the old TBS station. I can't get the good ones in there. Prince, Go Go's, Boy George, Wham. All those early days of music videos.


Unlucky, I always get Grand Master Flash or Jurrasic 5.
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I try and make a song out of my breathing pattern... strange ehh!!

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"what goes down must come up!" always seems to leave my mouth on any descent. I guess I'm mentally preparing for the pain. Shrug.

I try to make sure the last song I hear in the car is something I'll want to have with me the whole ride. Can't let a bad song stick in my head, blech.
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Also when going down hill I try to find my rythm as I would on my longboard, when flying down a hill, by moving my body about the bike as if I were carving.
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i amke the breathing song on hard uphill climbs, on fast DH's i have a bad tendency to suck/ bite my lip, always end up with lie a hicky type thing on my lip, and i like to curse my bike out when i almost wreck or fall down somethign big
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I growl and grunt when clearing uphill obstacles, or really steep sections. Sometimes I roar at them, if I'm particularly tired and need the extra, er, spirit, to get by.

Me: Rrrrarrr!

When I'm out of control and somehow clear a gnarly section of trail, I often say "woohoo". If I'm feeling like a bad acting little kid, I'll say "yippeeee!".

When I crash and it really hurts, I laugh - unless I've broken something.
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Also when going down hill I try to find my rythm as I would on my longboard, when flying down a hill, by moving my body about the bike as if I were carving.
Luckily chain wax and board wax are different. Would hate to see the amount of gunk collected from riding with a coat of warm water boardwax.

My wife pointed this out. I get into a zone when riding. Well it evidentally takes me an hour after a ride to "get back to normal" and start talking to anyone again.

I am learning to play guitar. I tend to turn on the mental radio on flats. (which there is a lot of in the part of Texas) If I get a song in my head I know the chords too... well I found myself trying to do the chords on my grip. Maybe that could be a new dirtjump move... the no handed air guitar (aka the Van Halen).
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Luckily chain wax and board wax are different. Would hate to see the amount of gunk collected from riding with a coat of warm water boardwax.
It'd be worth trying

I actually ment when on my longboard skate. My surfing ain't as good as when I'm on that.
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My only "quirk" and I don't do it all the time. I think stems from my BMX Racing days where you line up at the gate and get your pedal into the right position. As I take off from a rest, I do a quick little "pedal kick" where I pedal backwards for a full rotation, then for another 1/4 to 1/3 revolution to get my pedals where I want them.
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I have had comments made about how I don't make sounds. I cleared this seemingly difficult bridge and didn't make a peep. The guy riding with me commented that I should have screamed or something.

I do understand the zone thing. I get into a zone when i ride with equal riders and above. I just start clicking and the bike feels perfect, this happens to be the time I flow (you guys are calling it rythm) best.
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When I crash and it really hurts, I laugh - unless I've broken something.
I laugh at every crash, then figure out what's damaged.

I've also developed a habit lately when dismounting, of bringing my bike to a track stand and swinging down off the left side like it was a horse, while still balancing. I didn't even think about it at first, but now I'm not sure how it started.

I'm still getting used to coasting with my non-dominant foot forward, and forget about bunny-hopping or doing anything like that while in that position.
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