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Old 09-16-06, 09:32 AM
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My Story.

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and the lad I got out with has been doing it a while, but I want to get better fast. I may sound stupid but how do I get good fast, please don't shout at me
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Old 09-16-06, 09:34 AM
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Biggest thing is just ride your bike a lot! Keep riding with the guy you are now...I always seem to ride better when riding with someone thats better. Practise the basics: bunnyhop, trackstand, ect. But the biggest thing is just go out and ride your bike LOTS!
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Old 09-16-06, 09:37 AM
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Never heard of trackstand! LOL. This is how new I am! Any tips on how to bunnyhop?
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Wheelie/wheelie drops are fun and helps balance abit.
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Trackstand: balance in one spot...Getting really good balance helps in so many ways!

Bunnyhop: -get low on your bike while pushing back on your pedals
-lift the front end up at the same time twist your bike forward with wrists
-push back on pedals and life rear up
-land

Bunnyhopping is a lot easier said then done. Really useful however.
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Old 09-16-06, 11:13 AM
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trackstand is where you can stand on the bike stopped and just stand still. i can't do it yet but i am getting better at going really really slow, like less than an inch a second. without wobbling the front wheel too much. still can't trackstand though. a few weeks ago i saw a road rider trying to trackstand in clipless, he lasted about 10 seconds, and was about to fall and obviously couldn't clip out but the light turned green so he started moving and was ok
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Old 09-16-06, 11:22 AM
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I hope this doesn't come off as condescending, but have you checked out the FAQ sticky at the top of the Mountain Biking page? It's geared towards people just getting started with mountain biking, much like yourself, I imagine.

As for just simple tips, you might already do this, but when you ride, keep your head up (don't watch your front wheel).
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Old 09-16-06, 12:03 PM
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Always watch at least 15 feet in front of you. Your mind will remember what the obstacles were when your bike gets to them. Other than that tidbit, ride, ride, ride, and then ride some more. It's taken me years to get to the point I am at now, and thats not saying much.

Unfortunately there is no way other way. Experience is everything. Don't get me wrong, reading is good as well but it won't help unless you get on the bike and apply what you learn from the books, magazines, internet, etc.
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Just keep riding; I have a friend as well who started riding with me a few months ago and back then, I was always stopping because of him but his metabolism got better and he has better endurance now - of course, I'm still in front :-P but yeah, definitely keep riding and before you know it, you'll get faster and better and soon enough, you'll be conquering obstacles with ease that you probably would've walked around before.
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Focus on the technical first, then work on your speed. Learn how to handle your bike on all kinds of trails and in all kinds of conditions. Then, when you're working on speed, your chances of hurting yourself will be vastly decreased.

I've seen really fast new riders who don't last long because they thought speed was the end all... turns out that speed without technique is the END-O! Good luck!
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Just ride alittle bit above your level every time.
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Sounds to me you're already on the right track. Riding with better riders is the best way to develop your skills and push your limits.
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wheelie-drop?
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Practice your pedal stroke, make sure you pedal in circles.

Reading for you: http://bicycling.about.com/cs/skills/a/pedalcircles.htm

To go faster, just imagine pedaling in smaller and smaller circles.

Good luck
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ride with people better than you, hopefully they wont be jerks and they will help you out alot. Its easier explaining something in person than on a forum so find some riding buds and ride!
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For trails, get a larger front tire. It makes the world of a difference when going over obstacles at slow speeds.

To trackstand, have your arms fully extended, midsection above the handlebars, and turn the front wheel the opposite way of your front foot (ie. front foot is left, turn bars to right). You can try experimenting with foot positioning and where the cranks are positioned as well. Doesn't take long to learn once you have proper positioning. You don't 'need' to have the brakes locked, but I find it's better that way. I can do it for as long as I want now.

Learn some of these basic moves, and you'll be set.
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Ride...ride like the wind....
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