1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
mtn. biking 101
2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Sigmatero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    88

    "locking" my body rigid when gripped

    I use to ride quite a bit and now I am starting to ride again. This weekend I noticed a phenomonom where I'll be riding and when I get close to something (steep edge, tree, etc) my body will sort of "freeze" or lock out and go in a straight line. What's this called and once it happens do you have any tips on how to break out of it?

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    384
    You will go where you look whether you want to or not, so always look where you want to go.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    457
    easiest way to break that habit .. is to run into something while doing it .... or to fall over while doing it ... eventually you will stop =)

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    134
    yes, like cmshooter said do NOT look where you don't want to go. It's easier said than done. Always look ahead where you want to go. For example, if you see two tight trees you have to go between, look at them in advance to make sure you are heading in the right direction between them then look ahead past them.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    134
    yes, like cmshooter said do NOT look where you don't want to go. It's easier said than done. Always look ahead where you want to go. For example, if you see two tight trees you have to go between, look at them in advance to make sure you are heading in the right direction between them then look ahead past them.

  6. #6
    local trails rider
    Reputation: perttime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    11,833
    Maybe you need to practice the things that freeze you, in smaller scale. Smaller edges, smaller trees, ... After a while they might not seem so threatening.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    2,905
    you'll eventually get pretty damaged and sore joints, knee and elbow pain, a stiff neck maybe, etc.. you'll either have to stop, or stop riding. just practice keeping loose, eventually you'll always ride loose.

    just remember you're more in control if you're not stiff!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •