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Old 03-15-15, 04:08 PM
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Odd tips that helped me, Please, add your odd ones......

Strive to ride a specific single track in as few gears as possible, I am always aiming for ONE.
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If you:
Pedal hard down hill, you can often coast up, saving a ton of energy.

If you:
Coast down hill, you will often pedal up, hard once near the top burning a large amount of energy.

If you:
Use your brakes going down hill you will often be walking up hill dragging the bike using an ETREME amount of energy.
And you will damage the trail....
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Old 03-19-15, 05:28 AM
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When going slow steer by pushing, to turn left push with your right and letting off a bit of pressure with your left, and visa-versa to go right. Pushing on the handle bars steadys your bike when going slower than the gyroscopic effect of your wheels. This prevents the wibbly-wobblies.
Don't use your front brake in low traction areas like dust and mud, it will lock up quick and there is a great potential to have the wheel turn either left or right and throw you off.
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Old 03-20-15, 04:55 PM
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In slower turns learn to steer with your belly button.. point it around the turn. the bike will follow...

In faster corners learn to steer with your feet.. pushing down on the outside low pedal will tighten your turn,,
Be ready,, A little goes along way.

To avoid front wash outs, get your chin down over the stem,,,, say within 12 inches..
Weight the front tire for traction..NOTE ! this causes more turn In, be ready !

Too much down hill speed scaring you ?
In over your head ?
Facing an OMG moment ?
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Relax, stay low, with every joint loose and springy,,
When you get in the 'G-Out' you can grab a bunch of brakes when the front shock is all compressed...
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When trying to finish a killer climb, go for one more pedal revolution,,,

then ONE more,,,

then,,, ONE more,,,,,,
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About to abort on that Killer climb ?
You got nothing left ?
When you stop keep your torso low,
grab ALL of the front brake, and step wide and or drop to your knee bringing the bike sideways with you,,

So you don't go over backwards....

DON'T sit up and get off like you've done for years..... or,,see above...

Find a small short impossible hill out in the open grass,,practice getting off on these steep grade,, do it !
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Set your speed before you enter a corner,
Choose the right gear ASAP for pedaling out of the corner so you won't, 'Chop Wood'

Same applies for climbs
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Don't squeeze the front brake too much when you're going down a hill. hehe.
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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
About to abort on that Killer climb ?
You got nothing left ?
When you stop keep your torso low,
grab ALL of the front brake, and step wide and or drop to your knee bringing the bike sideways with you,,

So you don't go over backwards....

DON'T sit up and get off like you've done for years..... or,,see above...

Find a small short impossible hill out in the open grass,,practice getting off on these steep grade,, do it !
I've done some extremely graceful dismounts on steep hills. It's like I'm dancing down the hill backwards with my bike, seriously!

Lately I've been just going out timber style if there's nothing bad to land on to one side of the trail, I'll just fall over that way, stay clipped in, keep my hands on the bar and just fall right over to that side.
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Old 03-20-15, 07:26 PM
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Don't squeeze the grips let them float in your hands.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I've done some extremely graceful dismounts on steep hills. It's like I'm dancing down the hill backwards with my bike, seriously!

Lately I've been just going out timber style if there's nothing bad to land on to one side of the trail, I'll just fall over that way, stay clipped in, keep my hands on the bar and just fall right over to that side.
Yep, same dismount many times for me untill I went back to a GOOD pair of flat pedals, done with clipless.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
Don't squeeze the grips let them float in your hands.
True Dat !

Hand pump is only one issue of a tight grip.

The other is the killer,

If your welded to the bike the suspension cannot be set supple enough to give you control and traction..
Floating the grips is the ONLY way to let the bike move beneath you as it was designed.

A tight death grip contributes to sake bites,,,, err Pinch flats.. betcha didn't know that one !
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The base formula for tire pressure for tube set ups is

In FULL ride gear your total weight divided by 7

Add two psi for the rear tire pressure

Subtract ONE psi in the front tire...

I learned to ride light,
Knee's and elbows bent, flexible,
out of the saddle in the rough stuff,
Torso low,

I run my In gear ride weight divided by 7 in the back and I do not add 2 psi

The front I subtracted 3 psi.


I don't have traction Issues, or Snake Bites,,(Pinch Flats)

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Always ride heavy on your feet and light on your hands...
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Stop Looking at the front tire,,

It won't run off and leave you.....
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