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    First Ride

    Had my first ride yesterday....pedal hit something at the end of a long downhill section and did half a front flip over the bars landing on my back.


    Im hooked.

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    Looks like you learned your first lessons....

    1) While riding downhill sections, keep the pedals level, get off the saddle, and keep your weight to the back.

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    haha yeah...but I don't think that would have even worked.

    It was a vertical vine on the left side of the trail when the downhill began to bottom out and curve to the right. I didn't turn sharp enough and I hit it...pain ensued, but it was well worth it!

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    I think official term is call Endo, taking a soil sample.

    Welcome to the club!

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    You're almost there!

    Now go do a gravity check and do an endo, auger, get some kack and end with a mandibular disharmony...just hope that you don't do a wang chung at the end. Did that once and I was rolling on the ground for 10 minutes and had to check continuously throughout the day to see if I was peeing any blood. UGH.

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    Glad you're ok though. i'm sure you can't wait to do that again
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    welcome to the club!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bRyAZSig228
    Glad you're ok though. i'm sure you can't wait to do that again
    Yeah, I can't wait to do a Wang Chung again.

    Oh, you were talkin' bout icemonkee's endo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainjoon
    You're almost there!

    Now go do a gravity check and do an endo, auger, get some kack and end with a mandibular disharmony...just hope that you don't do a wang chung at the end. Did that once and I was rolling on the ground for 10 minutes and had to check continuously throughout the day to see if I was peeing any blood. UGH.
    I'm going to do my best to avoid that to tell you the truth...my next goal though is to complete the rotation and
    Land on my feet

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