I am sure you guys get sick of noobs on here...even so I just had to share my joy. Today I took my new Trek 4900 on the trail to Dog Lake here in Salt Lake City. I went with a really experienced rider and a couple of other people. It was freakin' awesome. I wiped out twice(once over the handlebars...trial by fire I guess), but no bad injuries to speak of, though my spiffy new bike is a bit scratched up. Anyway, can't believe I waited this long to get into this sport, especially living here in Utah. It is by far the most exhilirating and enjoyable way to get some exercise I have ever experienced. I am not just saying that.
I have a couple of questions. When going downhill and a high rate of speed...where do you guys usually look? I kept finding myself picking the wrong line and hitting all the bumps instead of going around them...it was kind of funny. However, I didn't want to drop my eyes too long from what was ahead to find a line near my front wheel. How much front and rear brake do you use? Is it mostly front or mostly rear? I am sure it probably changes given the situation...and I AM getting a feel for it...I just want to hear anyone's opinions and why.