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Old 11-27-04, 01:13 PM   #1
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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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Old 11-27-04, 01:15 PM   #2
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i found that snowboarding has greatly helped my balance
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Old 11-27-04, 01:15 PM   #3
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Get one of those big rubber balls and learn to stand on the ball on your head.
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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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Old 11-27-04, 03:00 PM   #6
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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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Old 11-27-04, 03:09 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 11-27-04, 06:27 PM   #8
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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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Old 11-27-04, 07:00 PM   #9
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Ah come on. I was waiting for someone to rip into him
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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!!!!
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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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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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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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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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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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