- My brain won't relase my brakes!
Doing a new trail yesterday and sectioned the mid point – Flowing steep singletrack through woods then you get to a narrow section with a big man high bolder on LHS and drop RHS and rock in the middle of the trail. It has a sharp bend right (tree on RHS) running into a steep chute between 2 rocks.
I tried it 10 times, managing to get to the top of the chute by doing a track stand and hopping the back wheel left to get myself aligned but for the life of me my hands would not come off the brakes – very frustrating! Mind can be good and bad 🙁Posted 6 years agojimsterMember
Or alternatiely if someone else manages to ride the section then you can see how easy it in fact is.
Have to agree with this, the other week riding up at Laggan I bottled Air’s rock 😳 as I was riding on my own, 10 miles from where I was staying, with the car so Mrs J wouldn’t have known what had happened, BUT with my cycling buddies leading the way I’d have been taking air down it!!
It’s just the self-peservation thing in yer head.Posted 6 years agoTessMember
Ditto for me there’s a steep rocky bit on Harden Moor which has sent me bonkers this year stalling on the brakes same old same old over and over again then last night I just forced myself to trust the bike and release the brakes and I got down it – it made my day.Posted 6 years ago
I think a recent trip to Kirroughtree following a much better rider helped. She just floated over stuff like it wasn’t even there. I just copied her. Wish she could be in front of me always.
in fairness, the section that the op is on about takes both skill and guts, it’s not just a case of mtfu and it’s really not a case of speed is your friend as you have to virtually stop and hop in order to line up with the drop in.
it’s a really challenging obstacle.Posted 6 years agoSanchoMember
One thing that works for me is breaking down the section of trail and then being able to relate that to other obstacles that you have cleaned.Posted 6 years ago
So if you have the last section of this obstacle to clear, the chute, is it simiar to other obstacles that you have cleaned in the past.
by this comparison, I have been clearing gaps and dropping bigger stuff than before as I can relate stuff.
If you have the technique, then its simply applying it to that obstacle.D0NKSubscriber
find a similar obstacle to the one you’re having trouble with, but that has easy run in/out, ride it a few times to prove you can do that bit then go to your nemesis and go for it. Just a step on from sanchos “break it down into doable chunks”.
if only I could find some step down drops with easy run in/out, thinks of lee quarrys graduated step downs with added berm, shudders tries to think of somewhere else….Posted 6 years agochutney13Member
Ditto for me there’s a steep rocky bit on Harden Moor which has sent me bonkers this year stalling on the brakes same old same old over and over again then last night I just forced myself to trust the bike and release the brakes and I got down it – it made my day.
where was this?Posted 6 years agosharkiMember
Jambo, that was Raven tor descent we did.
This new line is kinda dull other than the features FR is freezing on.
I’ve only been down the once following Si and i can understand how arse twitching it could be if you look anywhere other than where you should be going. Try to stop looking at the lip of the roll in, and look further down the trail where the bike will go. The fact the front wheel is virtually on the lip whilst your lining yourself up won’t help as you making sure it doesn’t roll off before you’ve hoiked the rear around.
Next time only try it twice and not ten times, it’s too much pressure on yourself. imho.Posted 6 years agoBurchy1Member
sharki – Member
I’ve only been down the once following Si and
i can understandthats why[s]how[/s] it was arse twitching it could be
Agree completely on the dont keep attempting it, and the ride it blind theories though. We stopped to look at a bit of trail in the Alps which almost spooked me as i had time to look at it (it wasnt even that difficult). Rode blind into it later in the week thinking we were on a different trail and almost gapped the whole feature as that felt the most natural thing to do at the time.Posted 6 years agoTessMember
Chutney 13 asked a few posts back where on Harden Moor the steep rocky bit was?
It is on the outer section leading out of one of the quarries – you go round a bend and straight into it – a v short section steep with a bend in the middle with 3 rock slabs and rubble strewn.Posted 6 years ago
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