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Old 04-09-05, 08:11 PM   #1
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How to learn without dieing

I Am a roadie, but i just recently got a nice moutain bike. I Want to learn how to do dirt jumping with out killing myself.

I can bunny hop, and do wheelies. I know the basic stuff like that. I can also ride down hill, and single track.

I just cant dirtjump. I did a nice face plant while riding with some friends today.
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Old 04-09-05, 08:12 PM   #2
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I don't know. I spent the last three weeks with bruised ribs from crashing on a dirt jump.
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Falling is a part of learning. Go out there, learn how not to do face plants, learn how to take falls, then youll avoid doing the same mistake. Keep your shoulders in line, lift as you hit the lip, land eveen, weight distributed evenly, match bike line to tranny line, go with enough speed.
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I don't know. I spent the last three weeks with bruised ribs from crashing on a dirt jump.

aww man, that sucks.


Today i lost some skin on my leg. It wasent that bad, I kept ridin.

Where we did dirt jumps today, there wasent enough room to get some decent speed, and there wasent a lot of room to land, there was a tree in the way.

Im gonna find a better place to do jumps tomorrow, without tree's in the way.

When we went down a hill, and jumped over a trail (it was raised, kinda like a dam) i got some great air there.
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Old 04-09-05, 08:52 PM   #5
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Falling is a part of learning. Go out there, learn how not to do face plants, learn how to take falls, then youll avoid doing the same mistake. Keep your shoulders in line, lift as you hit the lip, land eveen, weight distributed evenly, match bike line to tranny line, go with enough speed.
Yep,

Also make sure the bike is nice and small and easy to move around. If a bike fits to big it will be hard to learn to jump
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Start with small jumps (you know, the one's everybody laughs at) and just work your way up. It's not something that you can learn in a week, trust me.
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hey there. how do you learn how to bounce and control on the rear tire? i have been trail riding for a while and know that being able to control and manipulate your bike like thqat makes almost everything easier on the trail. would definitely appreciate some help here.
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Just get enough speed, launch, stab the rear brake when you get to the highest point, and line up your landing. Work your way up, you will be fine.
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Start with small jumps (you know, the one's everybody laughs at) and just work your way up. It's not something that you can learn in a week, trust me.
I agree. Start small, even if its ridiculously small, and work your way to bigger jumps. The only way is up.
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Old 04-10-05, 05:14 AM   #10
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Also keep feet on pedals. I doslocated and chipped a bone in my foot today because I took my foot off just as I was landing.

Just start small and work your way up. The thing about mtb is, it is full of danger and that is one of the things that make it great.
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When i land, which wheel should land first?
And how would i position my landings?
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That really depends on the type of jump. If it's more of a dropoff, then generally your back wheel should land a slight second before your front..don't forget weight back too.

BTW, where in KC are you? I used to live in Overland Park.
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practice balance, and know where your bike will tip (wheelie too far back). From a wheelie, let your front tire come down, lock up your front tire, let your weight move forward, producing an endo, as you come down from your endo, roll backwards, get back on the cranks, and put the front wheel up again, repeat as needed.
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In the westport area
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Start with small jumps (you know, the one's everybody laughs at) and just work your way up. It's not something that you can learn in a week, trust me.
I learned in a day.
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I learned in a day.
How old are you, it gets harder the older you start generally...

It took me a bit to get used to tabes, still have problems with gaps.
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How old are you, it gets harder the older you start generally...

It took me a bit to get used to tabes, still have problems with gaps.
14, after several crashes that day I finally got it.
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14, after several crashes that day I finally got it.
I'm 23... old and slow compared to you
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23? Crud, I'm 34. I'll never be able to do this.
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Funniest thing ive heard today. I just turned 15 and I picked up DJing really fast. Its very intimidating, with the thought of casing a double really bad, but its easier than it looks.
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