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  • instant hit
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    for me it is having a had a vo2max test done so able to train in correct heart rate zones.
    Also had advice from a strength and conditioning coach which has solved my back problems and improved my gluteal strength/power.
    And yours….

    Marmoset
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    A cheap Β£10 HRM from Aldi. In my other sports I’ve always subconciously warmed up, but on my bikes I’ve generally gotten on and gone for it – the HRM has told me a few things I didn’t know about myself and possibly improved my endurance in just a few weeks of using it.

    bigbob38
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    Cider πŸ˜†

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    Just generally getting out on the bike as much as possible. Also if im riding anything tricky and I dont make it up/or down in one I go back and ride it again to try and nail it!

    TandemJeremy
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    Doing a lot of miles and spending a day at glentress just practising correct weight distribution for cornering

    could do with another day to get it totally automatic but its made a huge difference

    chvck
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    not breaking any bones……. but there are still a few weeks left of 2010 to change that πŸ˜•

    SpokesCycles
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    Chasing my mate Huw down massive Scottish mountains.

    Retrodirect
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    Playing bike-polo (brake control, hard cornering) and all the playing on bikes between games. (can now ride backwards and manual on my mtb)

    instant hit
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    I used to subscribe to the Eddie Mercx technique to get better “ride your bike” but with more time constraints this year have found by improving cardiovascular system and strengthening cycling muscles improvements can still be made.

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    Nowt, been on an even keel this year, too many bouts of minor illness/niggles have screwed up my riding – mileage is way down on last year.

    Actually that uplift day at Ae may have spruced up my technique a little but not much.

    Rorschach
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    Trying harder.

    don simon
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    Finding what I think was the last trigger (milk) for my asthma leaving me in a position to breathe normally again.

    thomthumb
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    FRONT PAGE

    given me the basic skills to ride anything. πŸ™‚

    shortly followed by a trip to the alps to test those skills.

    messiah
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    Nicolai Helius AM

    Riding more challenging trails this summer has definitely helped.

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    giving up the tabs πŸ™‚

    PJM1974
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    Getting a frame that fits me properly…

    My original Rock Springs is a medium and I’m 5′ 11″ and knocked my knees on the stem far too often. I couldn’t bear to part with it though as it’s a fantastic fun bike so I did the only honorable thing I could… I gave it to Mrs PJM1974 who is 5′ 8″ and it fits her like a glove.

    That went some way to assuaging my guilt over buying a size large Wolf Ridge.

    yunki
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    giving up smoking.. chasing down the radical awesome downhilling youfs that I sometimes ride with.. discovering new trails..

    I just have to give up smoking again now..

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    Lesson with the dirtschool guys at glentress, I can now manual and have the confidence to hit bigger obstacles than i ever thought i would.

    KINGTUT
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    Swimming.

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    Single speeding

    meesterbond
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    http://www.ukbikeskills.co.uk/

    given me the basic skills to ride anything.

    +1… sorted out a load of basic errors I’d been making for years.

    taxi25
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    Loosing a stone in weight.

    ooOOoo
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    10 speeds instead of 9; losing 10g off my inner tubes; removing one headset spacer for a slammed front end; reducing my q factor by 3mm

    It’s been a hell of a year

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    Saint Brakes: knowing I can scrub speed quickly, easily and while maintaining control has made a massive difference to my technical riding.

    Being generally fitter through commuting has helped with everything else

    trickydisco
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    I’ve ridden a LOT more this year than i ever have. Rode wales coast to coast and also rode london to Barcelona in August. Completed the kielder 100 (in 11.30hrs) which I was pleased about (wasn’t sure if i could do it)

    Also cut down my 10m TT time from 29.07 last year to 26:10 this year.

    Can now pump the trail, bit of jumping and drops thanks to jedi πŸ™‚

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    http://www.ukbikeskills.co.uk
    Huge improvement in my riding in less than 12 months ! πŸ˜€

    jedi
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    Thank you guys for your props! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    dans160
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    Course with Jedi, Brian Lopes’ book, riding more, spending a fortune on my bike. Maybe not the last one.

    Tom83
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    Single speeding

    This. Running 34:17 and I’m now clearing all the climbs i used to do in 1st gear (1×9). Improved my commute to work too, now faster with only 1 gear despite spinning out on the flats/descents.

    Surf-Mat
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    A big bright front light.

    alpin
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    going out riding as much as i can and pacticing… lots. much like each year.

    the year before that it was picking up my Alpine frame and ragging it till bits broke before replacing them with tougher bits.

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    Winter road rides to build endurance helped mtb summer racing a lot.

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    dropping from 82kg to 73kg

    stevede
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    2 days doing the flow course with Ed Oxley of great rock up in Lee and Cragg quarries has improved my riding much more than my new coil shock, fox 36’s, tyres etc but i bought the rest anyway lol!

    Coleman
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    The real danger of being well and truly trounced by my son at cross racing. Desperate times have resulted in me spending much dosh lightening my bike whilst secretly making his heavier.
    Sadly, I think it will all end in tears (mine).

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    Getting my ankle fused; so now I go riding st weekends instead of climbing! Legs much fitter now so actually ride uphill in the middle ring instead of resorting to the granny.
    Downside is I’m more scared of rock gardens than I used to be !

    juan
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    Genuine ROFL at ooOOoo

    Maxis HR super tacky 2.35 πŸ˜€

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