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Old 08-09-06, 11:31 AM   #1
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My first REAL ride!

Today was my first real MB ride, I loved it, around 20 miles (at the least) in length a bit to much road for my liking but some great off-road challenges, my bike performed well aswel, at the moment I'm pretty much dead, but I'll struggle through! We set off at 11:30/40 and returned around 5:30 looking forward to my next ride any tips?
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Add to that, a 3mile incline! Agony!

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Old 08-09-06, 12:08 PM   #2
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Tips?

Take a decent zip of water every 20 mins. minimum to stay properly hydrated. If you're thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Stay loose on the bike. Keep your elbows and knees slightly bent. Don't put a "death grip" on the handlebars.

Look 10' in front of you, not 2'. Your brain will remember the obstacles in your path.

Look where you WANT to go, not where you DON'T want to go. If you concentrate on a rock in the trail, you'll hit it. Look at your path AROUND the rock and that's where your subconscious will steer you. Also a good tip for life in general.

Bring a friend. Good for safety and good for sharing the fun.

Don't be a lacky, bring your own tools/spare parts and know how to fix your bike. I've given away dozens of tubes to people with no tubes, no patch kit, no pump....etc. Same with broken chains. Get a mini-tool with at least a 4mm, 5mm, & 6mm wrench, a chain tool and a spoke wrench, a mini-pump and a patch kit and a spare tube. Don't forget some duct tape and zip ties. Oh yeah, a mini-flashlight and four quarters. Spare parts I carry: derailleur hanger (small and light), spare tube (mentioned already), crank bolt and a Sram Power link.

Caveat: This is for longer rides where I could possibly be 10 + miles from the truck/home.
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Old 08-09-06, 12:21 PM   #3
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Look where you WANT to go, not where you DON'T want to go. If you concentrate on a rock in the trail, you'll hit it. Look at your path AROUND the rock and that's where your subconscious will steer you. Also a good tip for life in general.

I never thought of that! I ahve hit so many trees strait on its not funy... well ill stay off the trees lol.
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