Balance with Ryan – VIDEO

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Ryan Leech is a well-known Canadian trials rider and skills instructor. When he’s not doing trials display roadshows for Norco, you can either find him teaching yoga or bike skills.

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Going nowhere fast. Ryan’s top skill

Ryan was behind the 30-Day Wheelie Challenge this spring and he’s now coming out with a new course aimed at improving your on-bike balance and slow speed skills.

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Steep rock to north-shore? No problem

Covering everything from comfort on the bike to technical uphill step-ups and downhill north shore, Ryan aims to give you all the skills needed to go really slow – a valuable skill that doesn’t get much credit in the whizzy world of ‘more-faster’.

Here’s the video trailer for you:

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Ryan is one of the most enthusiastic people we know and he manages to convey that in his instruction without being condescending. The course costs $40, but is on offer at the moment for $27, so this might be something to suggest for Christmas…


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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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