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    Balance help

    What are some good ways to increase your balance on the bike and off. I know practiceing always helps but is there any other things to do in addition. thanks
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    i found that snowboarding has greatly helped my balance

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    Get one of those big rubber balls and learn to stand on the ball on your head.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    but in some cases balance cant be improved, some people are balance impared, they're called xc riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
    Get one of those big rubber balls and learn to stand on the ball on your head.
    It took me awhile to where I could just sit on the ball with no other contact points but it sure is good for developing balance.

    I like to stand on one leg (on the ground, not on the ball!!! ) and move my arms, free leg, and body around in different positions while maintaining my balance, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juniper
    It took me awhile to where I could just sit on the ball with no other contact points but it sure is good for developing balance.

    I like to stand on one leg (on the ground, not on the ball!!! ) and move my arms, free leg, and body around in different positions while maintaining my balance, too.
    If I tried that, my son would kick my leg on the floor out so he could watch me bounce.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtjumpP.1
    but in some cases balance cant be improved, some people are balance impared, they're called xc riders.
    Ouch. I'm going to let that slide tonight.......just messing.

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    Ah come on. I was waiting for someone to rip into him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Ah come on. I was waiting for someone to rip into him
    But how scary is a guy in full lycra w/ shaved legs? Only kidding!!!!
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I don't know...that scares me quite a bit actually.

    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/bikerace.mpg (takes a bit to load but too funny)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/bikerace.mpg (takes a bit to load but too funny)


    That'll teach folks to race nicely.

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    I've seen that... quite amusing that the dude manhandles him so easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
    But how scary is a guy in full lycra w/ shaved legs? Only kidding!!!!
    I tried the leg-shaving thing once... more out of curiosity thn anything else. It's a pain to keep up on it and I'm fairly lazy. That said, there are major portions of my legs that are hairless... most of them as a result of skin-on-rock encounters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    That said, there are major portions of my legs that are hairless... most of them as a result of skin-on-rock encounters.
    I have this visual going of a big rock out there somewhere with hairy chunks of skin stuck to it. And I just finished breakfast!

    On one of my favorite trails we have this big tree right on the inside of a tight, narrow turn that we call the Skin Tree because, if you have any speed and want to make the turn, you have a high chance of wacking it with your forearm. It gets a little bloody from time to time but I haven't actually seen any strips of skin hanging from it (yet).
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    I practice balancing using an old skate deck and a full 2 liter bottle. Pull little shuvits, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juniper
    I have this visual going of a big rock out there somewhere with hairy chunks of skin stuck to it. And I just finished breakfast!
    Okay, that image just grossed me out too. I guess I reap what I sow. Sorry.
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