Ride bike or bike ride?
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Bikes: MongoosePro DH, Dart custom road bike, .243 Racing FR street bike
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Depends on what I am doing, if it is a trail stunt with things following I will have the brake covered, unless I am totally familiar with the stunt then occasionally I will have a full grip on the bars. It's like if I was on the ground on a straight and know there is a rock garden at the end, sure it looks good in a photo to hit the straight flat out and have a full grip bars, but it is not practical. In my talks with Aussie DHers (Rando, Graves, Strom......) they always give you the same tip, hit a corner slower than you think you need to (better exit speed) and always have the rear brake covered no matter what.
If it is a one off hit, or I am at some DJ's, I usually don't. This stops you from getting a bit nervous and grabbing the brakes.