- Can`t Jump – Dare`nt Jump
Learnt (slowly) over the last 2/3 years. Gone from never wanting the wheels to leave the ground to 3+ foot drops and clearing doubles. Been riding nearly 20 years before I started to learn, scared the crap out me at fist, but love it now. Do a course and ride with people who can. As others say, your never to old to learn (40 this year).Posted 9 years agonukeSubscriber
I'm another one needing a trip to jedi school
Its the kick jumps that scare me as I always end up nearly going over the handlebars as I don't seem to commit very well to them.
One thing I would like to know before going is flats or spds? Got so use to spds over the years and probably more confident on them but can't help think it would be better to go back and start again with flatsPosted 9 years agoDrRSwankMember
I was the sort that never left the ground, and then one day saw WA (ChocolateFoot) popping some cool jumps in Woburn and thought "it'd be nice to do that…."
I could not do it on my own – I needed to be told. Maybe I was dim (LOL) or maybe I just did need the correct advice. BUT, you will learn faster if you get someone that understands jumping to help you.
It's not hard – and you can progress quickly. It is really cool being able to hit a jump on a trail without worrying, panicking, or getting generally put off the flow…..
(but don't fall off)Posted 9 years agotroutMember
Its a right bitch this scaredy cat thing , I used to do motorbike trials when Martin Lampkin was world champ even rode in the same events .
Built a 3 foot high ramp on our street for the kids to roller blade over and rode over that on the mtb lots of times trying to beat the kids distance records .
now jumping off the kerb is scary 😳 .Posted 9 years agoOrang HutanMember
You almost certainly will fall off. I did, loads. still don't do gaps or anything that big really but I get air where ever I can and am constantly looking for anything on my local trails that will give me that moment of weightless adrenalin buzz. Too old? I was 41 before my wheels left the ground, the best advise I ever got was push out on the bars and try not to treat the jump like a bunny hop, if you scoop the rear at all then you risk going over the bars.Posted 9 years agolyonsMember
Yeah, I agree with jedi, so much of it is in the head, you need to learn how to relax, spot the landing etc… Definitely ride with some people who are better at it than you.
Also, the bike you are riding makes a HUGE difference. For me, going from my old planet x jackflash frame which is designed for general messing about, to a specific Dirt jump frame was a revelation.Posted 9 years agoHotflyMember
This is encouraging – there may be hope for me yet! Mid 40s, reasonable MTBer but have real problem with jumps. I watch with envy as I see others doing it and getting so much more out of the trails! Tried a CycleActive training session and just about managed to do drop offs (without going over the bars), but failed to do the jumps. Fear of getting airborne and being unable to stop myself pitching forwards is preventing me from launching properly. I need help on this and think that I need to do this really progressively.Posted 9 years ago
Is there a suitable skills session for me?
I'm not afraid of coming off (not trying hard enough if you don't), but a friend spent 3 months in hospital and was almost paralysed having come down off over the front wheel (reaaly small jump).samuriMember
I spent a couple of years hanging out with kids young enough to be my children while I learnt about jumping. The principle is really simple and the practise isn't much more over that. I jumped some big ones. I did one 15 foot jump but i broke so many ribs I realised it was mugs game.
I know how to do it and that's good enough for me. I'm glad I went through the process (and I had some extremely enjoyable summer afternoons crossing things up in the air), but at 42 year of age it's probably a bad idea to carry on much further.
Pictures.. umm, not many.
Posted 9 years agoGEDAMember
I was inspired by the wooden practice jumps at morzine at the bottom of the pleny. Two old pallets made into the takeoff and landing ramp and à table in the middle hey presto instant training configurable jump spot. First rolling then jump with the table. When i got à bit of confidence removed the table and made the ramps further apart. still fell off though but à bit like à safety rope when climbing.Posted 9 years ago
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