NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Hey G89, welcome aboard, always nice to see new mt. bikers here! Congrats on the new bike and have fun!
Quick beginner tips:
Keep your body position towards the top of the incline (hill, mtn,...etc.) What I mean is; when climbing up, keep your body weight forward on the bike; when descending keep it back!
Using brakes: 60-70% of your stopping force should be with the FRONT brake. You'll have to practice exactly "how much" is enough to slow you down w/o going over the bars. Start at 50-50 and gradually increase the front force from there!
Keep arms and legs relaxed, don't lock out your elbows or knees. Use you natural shock absorbers to soften the trail.
Avoid the death grip on the handlebars. Grip just enough to maintain control. The death grip will fatigue you fast!
When turning fast, put the opposite pedal down in the 6 o'clock position and put weight on it! This will give you more traction. IOW, if you're turning left, your right pedal should be down.
When you crash (and you WILL crash!) think small tight ball, not "try to catch myself sprawl".
Lastly, HYDRATE before the ride. If you're thirsty, it's too late!
Good Luck & L8R
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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