- Jumps – why do most riders make no attempt and just roll them?
New trail opened at Leith Hill. Table tops and jumps. Was up there today and was amazed at the number of riders who made no attempt to get air – not even on the easy low level table tops. Most people just rolled the whole trail! They’re just missing out so much that is fundemental to MTB’ing. I’m not talking big stuff here. C’mon at least make the effort and ride the trail the way it was designed to be ridden… It’s really not that hard. Just surprised at the lack of ambition and the missing desire to improve. Maybe the trail builders just wasted their time:-(Posted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
They’re just missing out so much that is fundemental to MTB’ing.
Well if you take away the first fundamental part which is riding bikes and having fun plus many others eventually you’ll get down to you must jump off table tops. Interesting that table tops that were once seen as BMX style riding are now fundamental to mountain biking.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriberwaywardrider wrote:
Its not about missing out or being awesome its about pushing and challenging yourself. If you don’t try and ‘up your game’ what’s the point?
Yeah – and when was the last time you tried riding a unicycle off road, eh? What’s the point if you’re not pushing and challenging yourself?Posted 4 years agoPhil_HSubscriber
Wheels leaving the ground are ok, it’s the landing that still brings up flashbacks of a trip to A&E in an neck brace that’s the problem that causes me to ride up to a set of doubles like I mean it, shit my pants at the last minute, grab a handfull of brake and roll over in an undignified manner.Posted 4 years ago
Actually I do have a unicycle – still trying to learn to ride it though…
Sadly I think you’re right b45her. Too many blokes with expensive bikes they’re ill equiped to ride. What is truly depressing is the poverty of expectation and ambition they all seem to have. ‘I like what I know and I know what I like’ seems to be the mantra.Posted 4 years agob45herMember
seems to be that the general consensus is you need to drop at least a grand on “skills courses” before you attempt such insanity as a 3 ft drop or a 6 ft double jump. most people i ride with learned how to jump and control bikes as kids on grifters and raleigh burners without a coach in sight.Posted 4 years agoaye-ayeMember
Big jumps for me are the best part of riding my mountainbike but you need to build up your skills gradually.
I’m nearly 44 and can clear 30 foot plus tabletops and doubles happily.
I’m not a hero, I’ve just taken the time to learn to do it reasonably safely.
Repetition and muscle memory are the key factors.
If you really don’t like the feeling of flying then the risk isn’t worth it but if you do like it and want to get better, find a well built tabletop and practice, practice, practice.
Being relaxed is the most important thing, which is difficult when you’re (quite rightly) terrified.
Just make sure you get that whip reeled back in before you land 😉Posted 4 years ago
seems to be that the general consensus is you need to drop at least a grand on “skills courses” before you attempt such insanity as a 3 ft drop or a 6 ft double jump. most people i ride with learned how to jump and control bikes as kids on grifters and raleigh burners without a coach in sight.
Most self taught people I see look like accidents waiting to happen 🙂 I was one of them, learnt the hard way, then spent a small amount of money on some skills coaching and got a lot better very quickly. I don’t use the fishermans ruler to measure jumps and drops either 😉Posted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
It seems to be a common affliction amongst what I’ll term technical progressionists to be unable to see why others don’t share their perspective or all the other reasons why people ride. I would have thought that all the different types of bike available would be a clue. If the point of your riding is to progress technically, does that mean that you stop riding when you can no longer progress?
These threads make me imagine that there’s a STW trolling scoreboard over on Pinkbike or somewhere.Posted 4 years agocfinnimoreMember
To give the recent flouncers their dues, there’s some serious out from under-the- bridge twathattery going on at the moment.
OP being a sterling example.
Air is not for everyone for many reasons, I’m sure the trial builders are quite content having people ride their trails at all without the ultimate gnarrrrrr factor you must bring.Posted 4 years agooldfartSubscriber
60 next year, 2 crushed vertebrae, Osteoporosis , told never to ride off road again . Since then a season in Whistler , riding in Moab and Crested Butte and my wheels hardly ever leave the ground .Grateful for small mercies , Captain Sensible is having a ball .FUN FUN FUN ! Each to their own .Posted 4 years ago
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