So I went to a section near the river today that's really good for practicing hoping off small ledges. There are shelves of rocks that vary in height from a half a foot to a few feat to far more feat than I would like to do on a bike (probably a good 8, 10', and 5' followed by 4'.)
I found I could at best do the 1' drops, more than that, I was really worried I was going to throw myself over the front of the bike.
I'm pretty new to mountain biking. It's my first season. I'm starting to feel good on single track, and maunvering around some technical stuff, but I haven't gotten any instincts down for jumping off things yet. I hear you want to get the front of the bike to go up so your rear wheel hits around the same time as the back hits. I have no idea how to go about that though... Saddly my first 1.5' huck ended in me rolling it and endoing as I wasn't far enough back. But I'm determined to get better!
I'm riding a XC entry level KHS. The front shock is nothing special, but I imagine I can take two or three feat with it with practice.
Anyway, I was just wondering what words of wisdom you guys had for an aspiring jumper.