- What one MTB skill would you like to improve?
Oh I have just thought of another one .. I would like the confidence to start trying jumps. I can jump off small things on a DH like roots, but would like to try bigger more drops (that are not rideable if it went wrong!). Tried once in Morzine about 2 years ago and landed front wheel first. .. held the landing .. but oh it made me feel so sick and nervous I’ve not tried again since!! I just think chicks can’t jump (unless started young .. before everyone shouts at me!!).Posted 8 years agomboySubscriber
Personally, I wouldn’t class “fitness” as a skill. Maybe you could say climbing technique, but fitness is a state of body rather than a skill.
So fitness aside, for me it would be the fear of getting the bike in the air. I’ve got pretty good bike handling skills, am quicker than most downhill, am reasonably fit and quick up the hills at the moment (well as quick as I’ve ever been at least, which is still slower than a lot of people granted), but I get the FEAR big time when my wheels are more than the tiniest bit off the ground!
I don’t know why this is either. I’ll do a 3 foot dropoff, but anything bigger and it scares the hell out of me, even on my long travel full sus bike. And when it comes to doubles, or any other sort of jumps come to that, there’s no chance unless they’re absolutely tiny. The stupid thing is I’ll see people who I know I can easily beat down a hill cos of my technique sessioning a dropoff, and it really annoys me cos I can’t/won’t do it! And my mates find it bloody amusing cos they know that I’m a reasonably quick rider, but they don’t half take the piss cos I hate getting my wheels off the ground despite having a long travel full sus bike too! 😕Posted 8 years ago
Edd you need to grab the local chav to show you some skills? Or maybe you aren’t wearing the right gear … a hoodie and some trackkie b’s 😯
okay so I see what you mean about fitness ….. guessing it’s just jumping them but have completely lost the bottle.
It’s weird how you sometimes bottle things. I have ridden off the back of pointes du soleil in France and down the DH there twice, however last years it scared the bejeepers out of me! maybe the goal should be to ride it this year on Portes du soleil .. surely once you’ve tackled it once without any problems you should be okay? Oh the mind does some funny things!Posted 8 years ago
So this thought sprung on me after the thread about riding with partners and diffent skill levels/bikes.
What one MTB skill do you think you need to improve on? Or would love to be really good at?
To be honest having been riding for 15 years technically I’m quite good and I can downhill super quick (especially for a chick I must say! Bloke at Afan last week couldn’t catch me and at the bottom he said to be “blimey you don’t hang around” made me smile when I realised he was on a full susser and I was on my hard tail) anyway back to the point … for me it would solely be my fitness to allow me to go uphill quicker. I have never been good at riding uphill fast even when I was super fit. I just have a habit of plodding along slowly and getting there .. but never being able to get up any quicker!!
how about you?Posted 8 years agoalpinMember
chvck….. bunny hoppping front wheel first as you describe is easy. pull up on the front and once in the air pull up on the pedals. easier if not riding spd’s.
i’d say a good wheelie. i can manage 10ft or so but not always cleanly. with the DB alpine i can almost manage to manual properly, which is good enough for most stuff on the trail but looks shit in town. i’d like to be able to cover the whole of the town square in one go.
overall fitness is my biggest problem.
gap jumps i’m not so keen on once they get over 4ft gap. most drops i can manage but if it’s a case of 4ft out by 4ft down i’ll leave it to the others.Posted 8 years agoCountZeroMember
Balance!Posted 8 years ago
Actually, it’s overcoming The Fear, like some others here, having the confidence to really be able to attack steep drop-offs
and rocky downhills fast. I guess it’s just because I know if I stack hard I’m going to be inheriting a world of hurt for ages afterwards. A heavy stack coming off the Ridgeway onto my left elbow and shoulder took ten months for the pain to go, with the loss of confidence that comes with it. The older you get…
I don’t do jumps. I am not really planning on learning to do table tops and the like, but I’d like to do step jumps when descending, instead of having to stop a descent and walk down a step.
Still not too sure how much time I will have free this June, but if I do, I will have time to spend at one or more of the Seven Stanes skill centre bits, so I can simply try and try again till I get it.Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’m half way through learning:
manuals, wheel comes up, but not very stable once its up there yet
wheelie, cant keep the hardtail up, full sussers seem easier as the seat angle gets ridiculously slack once the fronts in the air.
bunnyhop, its a timing thing, i cant quite get the back up at just the right time so the fronts usualy crashing into the ground before i have chance to think about it.
sidehops, hopefully getting the bunnyhop sorted will make them a bit smoother, can currently hop the front wheel up a 6″ kerb then get the back up but its 2 movements rather than one fluid one at the moment.
Things to learn;
hopping on the back wheel, i dont care how useless it is, but have an image in my head of me hopping over a stile in front of a group of read socks 🙂
Jumping doubles, show me a tabletop and i’ll sail over it, show me a step up and i’ll charge straight at it. But show me anything where theres a potential for injury when coming up short and i panic. I can ride drop offs for the ame reason, but show me a step down where the landing an takeoff arent connected and i’ll freeze.Posted 8 years ago
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