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Old 10-15-04, 01:10 AM
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Some poeple jsut make me feel like I suck at biking...

So I went over to the local skatepark tonight for the hell of it, and there was one other guy there, on a BMX bike. I talked to him a bit, he goes to college here, he's a pretty cool guy. But damn, he can do anything he wants on that bike. He was doing 360s, getting 4-5 feet of air out of the bowl, doing manuals off the lip off the bowl, around in a circle, and then dropping back into the bowl from the manual. He can do absolutely anything he wants on that bike.

He just made me feel like I suck... that's all.
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Old 10-15-04, 01:15 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it. There are pros that can make that college student look like he is on training wheels.
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Old 10-15-04, 06:56 AM
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I live by the saying if you think you are good there is always some one better...
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Old 10-15-04, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by notfred
So I went over to the local skatepark tonight for the hell of it, and there was one other guy there, on a BMX bike. I talked to him a bit, he goes to college here, he's a pretty cool guy. But damn, he can do anything he wants on that bike. He was doing 360s, getting 4-5 feet of air out of the bowl, doing manuals off the lip off the bowl, around in a circle, and then dropping back into the bowl from the manual. He can do absolutely anything he wants on that bike.

He just made me feel like I suck... that's all.
Practice, practice and more practice! Ever notice how the absolutely best athletes in any sport still have a trainer and practice consistently?

I read an article not too long ago about the direct correlation between the amount of focused practice you put into something (bmx, painting, running, music, archery, cycling, whatever) and the results. In fact, the length (in yrs) and consistency (how many times per week) of practice and training was the number one factor seperating outstanding athletes and musicians from average performers.

A great wildlife artist might draw a thousand bird eyes or feathers to get good at it. Riders who are doing nice track stands or 360 endos have worked on it and, no doubt, dusted themselves off many times while learning. Go for it!

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Old 10-15-04, 08:50 AM
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Dust off your BMX bike and take it for a ride, tricks are abit easier on them (for myself)
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Old 10-15-04, 09:11 AM
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I will ditto wunder (can't believe it myself) and jstyle. There is always someone better and a bmx will help you learn those skills.
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Old 10-15-04, 05:50 PM
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I thought this was a mtb forum.
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Old 10-15-04, 08:31 PM
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yeah i thought so too......
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Old 10-15-04, 10:04 PM
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I dont go one day without seeing or hearing about someone who is "better" than me, I try not to let it get to me, but hey its all about the thrill and enjoyment of doing what you do on your mtn bike! Just take your time a progress your skills, practice, practice, practice
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Old 10-15-04, 10:44 PM
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the point of there being people better than you is so that you can work hard in order to beat them.
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Old 10-16-04, 06:10 PM
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good point "forum*rider" i usually watch a drop in episode or a kranked/disorder video before i go out, it gets me pumped and gives me someone to look up to...
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Old 10-16-04, 06:25 PM
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Hay man if he's cool like you say he is next time you go down there ask him for some pointers on how to manual and how to get alot of air and all that stuff maybe it will help you I know it helped me to to get better at the things I do try and remember the things he says and when your just riding around try manualing or something like that. I was bored one day and after watching a crusty demons video I was thinking man it would be cool to do a bar hop so while riding kinda slow I hopped my bars and I showed one of my friends and he said it was really cool so i kept practicing it and now I can ride on my handle bars no handed for about 1000ft if I got a straight enough road. So it just goes to show you that if you practice and put your mind to it you can do it really easilly. wow that was a long "speech".
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Old 10-16-04, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by breggurns
I thought this was a mtb forum.
Your point? You don't think the skills of a road bike, bmx or moto cross are all more or less transferable. If someone asks about mountain bike skills like bunny hop, jumping, manuals, things like that. The easiest place to learn them is on a bmx.

The best mtbikers I know are decent roadies (endurance wise), excellent bmxers and have the gonads of motocross. That includes the xc guys I know. Stick me in front of something with two wheels and I hop on if it fits and can somehow make me better at mountain biking.
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Old 10-16-04, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Jstyle
I live by the saying if you think you are good there is always some one better...
Yes and you know you're getting better when you meet less and less people like that. Unfortunately for me i know a bunch.
If you want to progress fast, you're going to have to put in the time, blood, sweat, and tears. i personally don't worry about it, time goes by you try new things next thing you know you get people impressed with your skills. Either way it's better to encourage your pals and let yourself be encouraged. Nobody and i mean NOBODY learned anything without crashing and looking dumb at one time or another....


Originally Posted by breggurns
I thought this was a mtb forum.
it's about technical skills for mountain biking, just as road riding can enhance cardio for longer rides. y'know cross-training....
if you were just trying to be a dick i apologize, disregard my statement, and please continue....
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Old 10-16-04, 07:43 PM
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I waste people on hills, road, mtb...flatland I'm toast, running 12-38, never gonna go real fast.

Biking is SO much about challenging YOUR personal level.
Don't compare..practice.

If I hadn't had a serious knee growth issue...might be me instead of Tony H cutting all the skate life...

What are you gonna do? .....nothing?.....screw that, go ride, have fun, increase your skill @ the rate you feel best.

Nobody has EVER mastered anything overnight.
Sport skills take a lot of time, you're training muscles, tendons, your brain, reflexes....

Time+practice=skill. >Hit the skatepark early AM for a week. No comp, lookers, time to get it down.
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Old 10-16-04, 09:09 PM
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I ride mountain bikes and love it. I consider myself a pretty skilled XCer technically but I TOTALLY respect BMXers and the guys in the Norcal videos etc. Those skills are just beyond awesome. Just yesterday I saw some BMXers on the ramps in Southport, England, on a skate park by the seafront. These kids were maybe 12-14 but some of the were good! Doing that thing where you ride up a curved wall, hop the bike around in the air and just ride back down. It was awesome to watch but none of them were wearing helmets . There were loads of very cute (but young ) chicks hanging on the railings watching. Makes me wish I got into BMXing 20 years ago .
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Old 10-16-04, 09:15 PM
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lol astra, thats pretty funny...on a side note i think ima take up bmx for a while, methinks chicks dig the bikers more so than the sjkaters cause i used to skate, was pretty good till i comp. fractured my arm...lol...

back to topic....is it easier to b-hop and stuff on a bmx? cause i think i do pretty decent height on my mtb, like 8 inches, clear a McD's cup...
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I think it's easier to b-hop/etc. on a bmx. Smaller bike = easier to muscle around.


BTW don't worry about feeling like you suck, I occasionally chase the UCSD cycling team and they can burn me everytime, all the time.
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Old 10-17-04, 05:58 AM
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in terms of tricks, almost everything's easier to do on a bmx. they're so small and flickable compared to most mountain bikes (i say most cause there are mountain bikes that are basically bmx's with big wheels).

i've been itching to ride/get a bmx for a while now... i've finally gotten my bunnyhop (the real one - front then back) up to about a foot (but that's hopping up on to something not over). heck, i've been itching to ride a hardtail dirtjumper/street bike just to see how high i can hop on one of those.
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I ride bmx and mountain my bmx bike is heavier than my mountain bike so its kinda eaiser to ride my mountain bike in certian aspects like I can even do a 180 yet with my mountain bike, but I can almost 540 on my bmx bike just beacause as people have said they are more manuverable. And and what you say is the bunny hop lifting the from wheel then the back in the bmx "world" it is called a J-Hop. I dont really understand why it is called that personally but it is what it is.
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Same thing happened to me the other day. I felt good that I could finally do a popawheely 3.5 feet of the ground then some guy was like let me show you and stood the bike with him on it verticle on the back wheel...

Someday...
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