How often do you work on your bike skills?
All the time. I try and concentrate on certain areas i could be better on. Thinking about body positioning on the bike, cornering speeds entering and exiting etc.
Jekkyl, took me a little while to learn bunny hops. They just feel wrong when you first try but all of a sudden it will just start to come together. Lower your seat if you haven’t already. Good luck and keep at it 🙂 (although I’m still far from perfect!)Posted 4 years agoGaryLakeMember
Yeah I mean, I still ride for fun but I try to be conscious of something I need to work on.
Currently I feel like my body and bike positioning is good but I know I’m still prone for cheeky back pedalling instead of forward pedalling to swap feet in a sequence of turns. And I’m also prone to a tiny comfort touch of the brakes mid-corner, which I’ve been weeding out this week.Posted 4 years agomuddygroundMember
Rather sadly with a hint of being slightly if not a lot pathetic, I’ve written reminder instructions to self on my handlebars. Heels down, elbows out, look ahead kind of thing. Generally get back home having had some fun only to notice said instructions and think “hmmm, perhaps I should have….”
So the answer is no, but should.Posted 4 years agothestabiliserMember
never when riding the bike in case someone sees me. Instead i run round the garden holding a set of bars going Vroooom Vrooom Neeeaaaaaawwwwww and jumping over the flower beds. Manualled the length of the lawn this afternoon with no fear of injury or humiliation.Posted 4 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
To a huge degree, just riding is a good way to hone things. Howevre, I ain’t getting any younger and MTB and “trail” riding has only become a major player in my things I do list, in the last 4 or 5 years , as opposed to a once a month xc epic. Many of the guys I ride with are faster than me in most situations other than perhaps climbing. So, I do try and ride alone every other week or so, just to go at my own pace and sometimes “session” bits which I struggle with or just “survive” down when we are group riding.Posted 4 years ago
To a huge degree, just riding is a good way to hone things
I’m not convinced. Lots of people just ride and never really get much better in terms of skill. Riders who tend to session stuff (downhillers and DJ riders) often progress quicker due to repeating skills over and over again.Posted 4 years agoMilkieMember
If it’s my local trails then I try and improve, remembering what I need to practice and how to improve. If it’s a long ride somewhere I haven’t been before then I tend to relax and not try to nail every corner I can as fast as I can.
Either way, I enjoy riding whether I’m trying to improve or not. I’ve seen a big improvement in the last 2 years since going to the Alps and heading to Jedi once a year. We’ll be up this summer! 😉
The more I ride the more natural the things I’m remembering are! 😀Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
used to do it quite a lot, about once a week, maybe just on the front street, maybe a slow commute home sessioning different obstacles, steps or big kerbs or sommat. Nowadays bugger all, just normal riding, as a result my bunny hops, drop offs and wheelies (which were never great to begin with) aren’t as good as they used to be and while my legs are OK my upper body is a little weedyPosted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Jef Wachowchow – Member
Ooh, Mr Taylforth, we look forward to seeing your Akrigg crushing video on mid week movies this week then hmm?
Well I’m not Akriggs standard, infact I’m a fairly average rider.
But the day I learnt flat tabletops was the day I was content with my riding. I don’t feel I need to learn anything else.Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
I don’t work on them as much as I should, if I do it’s mostly when riding alone or slower groups. In faster groups I tend not to experimental with lines and technique as I’m often just concentrating on keeping up. Which of course means I never get any faster or better so I don’t have to try so hard.Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I’m still prone for cheeky back pedalling instead of forward pedalling to swap feet in a sequence of turns.
Jedi showed me that you should actually back pedal for some foot swaps, as you can’t forward pedal as you brake before a corner and you’re better off doing a 1/4 turn than a 3/4 turn of the cranks.
I’ve been riding a lot of figure of eights recently – I am now an ambiturner!Posted 4 years agoEuroMember
I’ve been riding a lot of figure of eights recently
A good drill that.
I too was awesome in my youth and although my bike handling skills are still passable, i’m a shadow of my young me. I don’t ride enough to be able to practice these days, and the only skill i’m trying to learn now is to trust suspension. It’s still fun so i’m happy enough*
*wishes he was 20 years younger 😀Posted 4 years ago
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