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Old 09-11-03, 09:49 AM   #1
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technique.

I would like to start a thread that contains peoples advice on techinique. Technique for any type of riding so this could be used as reference. Please post if you have anything.
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Old 09-11-03, 12:30 PM   #2
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The biggest thing to do in order to increase overall speed is to look at least 10' probably better at 15' up the trail instead of the 3' in front of your tire.

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Old 09-11-03, 12:37 PM   #3
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You body should always be centred on the bike. This means uphill your body is more forward and on dh you body is over the rear tire.

Speed really is your friend...
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I have a few bits.

If you are riding a new trail, scout ahead slowly and carefully and run it a few times before you bomb it, found this out the hard way. As always

Get well used to your bike before you try anything superhuman.

Use kit that is up to the job, broken cheap kit is DAMNED annoying mid-ride.

Bring spares aplenty, tubes, tools, clothes, food, drink. Just bring the amount you need corresponding with the length of the ride planned.

Bring an emergency fiver, and a mobile phone, ESPECIALLY when riding alone.


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Dont try any new tricks at high speed, such as wheelies, or you may end up with chunked knees.

Use nice grippy pedals, especially in wet muddy conditions.


Thats all i have to say at present

* All above info is from personal experience This guy learned the hard way.
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More Technique Tips:

A lot of newbies use too much rear brake. They end up skidding on the trail. This does two things. 1, it provides little or no control of the bike. A skidding tire has 0 traction. 2, it causes further trail erosion. Keep the trail and the trail will keep you!

I use about 60 to 65 % front vs. rear brake. You gain a lot more control and stopping power from the front brake. You should learn how much is too much, but don't learn the hard way. The more you squeeze the front the further back you should shift your weight.

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Old 09-11-03, 01:49 PM   #6
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More Tips:

Stay relaxed on the bike. Even if you have a full suspension bike, utilize the 12 to 15 inches of travel provided by your own suspension system. Your arms and legs. Never lock out any of your joints (knees, elbows) stay relaxed, keep your joints flexed and fly.

Also, avoid the "Grip of Death" on the handlebar. If your fingertips are white, you're squeezing too hard. Grip tight enough to just hold on, but not so much where your forearms are buldging. This will also improve your handling skills and your feel for the bike.

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Old 09-11-03, 01:52 PM   #7
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put your weight on the outside pedal in turns, this will lower and center your center of gravity back toward the bb and keep you from washing out in the turns
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Use your hips in tight singletrack to help you turn.

A lot of BMXers do this natuarally, but as you go into a turn while clipped in, turn your hips in the direction you want to turn. This will shift your whole body weight to the inside and help you turn a tighter radius.

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When trying to get through a tough section of trail, whether it be a climb, rock garden, or technical downhill, always have the mindset that you will make it through. If you start doubting your ability to get through those obstacles, you probably won't. So inflate your ego a little and it'll help carry you through. It works for me anyway!

Disclaimer: Don't go doing anything stupid just because you have confidence in yourself. Always know you limits and don't be afraid to push the envelope, just don't tear it.
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If you have a cycling computer. Don't keep looking at it. It slows you down and you become unfocused.
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When climbing, sit toward the tip of the saddle, and drop your shoulders down keeping your back straight, tuck your elbows and pull the bars toward your hips. Shift into the gear you need before the climb.

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You body should always be centred on the bike. This means uphill your body is more forward and on dh you body is over the rear tire.
A good way to think of this is to always center yourself over the top (the top in relationship to the sky, not your bike) of the bottom bracket regardless if you're on the flats, decents, or climbs. Think of your bottom bracket as a sort of center fulcrum.
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Avoid phrases such as "hey check this out" or "here I go" when riding with others. Also consuming alchohol will get you into the "See dick drink, see Dick ride, don't be dick" hall of fame.
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any tips on going off jumps. I am talking small two foot or 3 foot jumps. I just got in an accident sorta got hurt and hurt my bike. landed on front tire cause i didnt pull up enough. Had it perfect the day before but started getting scared on my second day of trying
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Avoid phrases such as "hey check this out" or "here I go" when riding with others.
Sooooooo true!!!!
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Practice and ride with people who are better than you are.
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