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    Nice videos. Thanks for sharing

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    great videos, very helpful. Thanks!

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    I had seen the first one, the others were really helpful. i was look for how to set the preload on my front shocks anyway. is nice to have them all in one place

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    Good Stuff

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    nice work

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    That's a good point, you have to start somewhere, preferably not over the handlebars! Honestly, I didn't even know about the 60/40 thing until this video, rear breaking more always seemed like the best option but this makes a lot of sense now too

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    Awesome, thank you.

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    Very helpful videos. They showed me some things I've been doing right, and what I've been doing wrong.

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    Great thread!

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    nice

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    Great videos. Learned a lot from them. Can't wait to try out what I learned

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    I am so thankful for this post! I am just now starting out and many of these answered some of the questions I wasn't even sure how to ask!

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    Here is one i enjoyed that was recommended to me by YouTube the other day. Comes from Austrailia. Goes through all the basics and more in one 45 minute video. I was able to watch it on my tv with my roku.

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    Maybe tame by a lot of standards on here, but a lot of those drops, jumps and downhills in those videos scares the hell out of me and excites me all at the same time.

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    I put together this short cornering skills video for Art's Cyclery

    Let me know what you guys think.
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    basic and to the point. well done

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    awesome tutorials

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    Thanks! Great videos with valuable information. Just bought a MTB after not riding for over 20+ years so this really helps. I went on my first trail ride last week thinking I would still ride like when I was a kid on BMX. Was I ever wrong. Quickly realized that my skills suck and I need a lot of practice but it was fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShopMechanic View Post
    I put together this short cornering skills video for Art's Cyclery

    Let me know what you guys think.
    <iframe width="480" height="270" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ORAOAeXNA1A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Thanks, that was a good one!
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    Nice helpful vid, thanks.

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    thanx this is just what I was looking for

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    Just watched a couple of these videos, these are great !!! I've just started riding and doing everything wrong, and your words conflick with your actions. thanx again. I'll be watching these a few more times.

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    Really helpful vids. Thanks for sharing!

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    thanks for videos. Al's r good stuff for learning

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    thanks great video... i'm gonna try this week end

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    great thread .. the videos are kickass

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    Thanks for finding these videos. Used the cornering techniques last time I rode, and was blown away at the difference it made in my biking!! Now just to make sure that I break the bad habits. I have had poor cornering habits up until watching that video.

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    These vids are great!! Really helped a lot. I'm going to try the info out tomorrow morning!

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    Re: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

    These are great, thanks for posting them!

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    Total knewb here, was just turning by leaning into turns... just tried this outside pedal, inside knee business, and it is crazy how the bike just turns itself. Cannot wait to get out on my little weenie singletrack and try out some proper turning techniques.

    Thanks for the vids to everyone that has posted.

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    West Coast Style - Freeride Basics

    Think this was posted earlier, but the link was goofy.

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    Thanks for the vids! I'm of little experience trail riding, but looking to take this hobby to the next level, as I have a seven year old son who is very interested! As many good habits as I can learn now will be a benefit I can pass along to him as he gets going. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyPlaysDrums View Post
    Thanks for the vids! I'm of little experience trail riding, but looking to take this hobby to the next level, as I have a seven year old son who is very interested! As many good habits as I can learn now will be a benefit I can pass along to him as he gets going. Thanks again!
    Watch the vids with him, mate. Talk about what they're talking about in the vid, and then go out to the lawn or whatever and just get a feel for it. He will be leaving you in the leaves in no time, like by 7 1/2

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    Must see video:

    How To Be A Mountain Biker - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowaysj View Post
    Watch the vids with him, mate. Talk about what they're talking about in the vid, and then go out to the lawn or whatever and just get a feel for it. He will be leaving you in the leaves in no time, like by 7 1/2
    Yes, definitely will! He just went to a 20" Raleigh Rowdy from a 16" $50 Wal-Mart special, and he was blown away by the speed difference the first time out. We've been riding some fire roads and, and I've been quite impressed by his balance and ability to react to the bike moving around on loose rocks. Once that confidence is up, he'll be killing me, and probably asking for taller gears!

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    Great videos especially the cornering one as I was doing the opposite and couldn't understand why I had no grip

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    Put the tips into use today and couldn't believe how much faster I was able to go through the turns loved my new bike and the confidence it gives me can't wait to get out and do some proper trials

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    Awesome! Very Helpful!

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    I tried the drop off technique (FBAMSkill) and found that my front wheel lands before I could extend my legs after my rear tire cleared the ledge. Fortunately the fork absorbed the landing, plus I had my weight back. The drop was only 3 feet, and the landing was flat. Does this technique work if the drop off isn't that high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowaysj View Post


    West Coast Style - Freeride Basics


    Think this was posted earlier, but the link was goofy.
    I'm glad this got resurrected. I'm not a beginner, but using flats, I am and I'd like to get into it (from going clipless for 20 years). This seems like a good video for that. Thanks for posting.

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    Nice,I'd like to want to more answer about mountain biking safe like the airticle Ways to Make Your Mountain Biking Safe

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    I'm new to biking and this forum. Thanks, Hutch, i'll be sure to watch these and check out youtube!

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    Art's Cyclery has a new skills video on jumping that offers a few basic tips to get riders started.
    I work at www.artscyclery.com creating how to videos and articles to help people learn new mechanical and riding skills.

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    We have another new skills video on pumping the trail. Basically how to absorb rollers and accelerate down the backside or how to accelerate down through a low spot and avoid loosing that speed you've gained on the way out.
    I work at www.artscyclery.com creating how to videos and articles to help people learn new mechanical and riding skills.

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    I've watched these as well as some others, and can put most of these tips into practice on the trails. However, I've tried and tried and tried some more and no matter what I've tried or how I've tried, I still can't do a manual.

    I can do a pedal wheelie and hold it for about 20 feet, but without pedal torque I can't get the front wheel more than a few inches off the ground before instantly falling back down.

    Is it insanely hard to learn to do a manual on a 29" hardtail or something? I'm sure there are many others who can do it effortlessly. Why not me?

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    weight isn't far enough back. get out past the rear axle and practice

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    Excellent videos.
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    Thanks for all the contributors. Hopefully I can apply these skills on the trails.

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    One of the best cornering vids I've seen

    How to Corner Your Mountain Bike: http://youtu.be/8qL3pfF3Opc

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    How to manual a mountain bike, a bit more advanced but something to work towards

    Skills with Phil "How to manual" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h76ejrABYEY

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilKmetz View Post
    How to manual a mountain bike, a bit more advanced but something to work towards

    Skills with Phil "How to manual" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h76ejrABYEY
    excellent video Phil. best explanation I've ever seen. the flat pedals is really key. If you get over the fear of landing on your ass its fun to practice. I'm still no master, but this really helped figure out a few things.

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    Follow up to my how to manual video, here's how to Bunny Hop, where I cover both the english and american bunny hop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdUGWeRQ2IU

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilKmetz View Post
    Follow up to my how to manual video, here's how to Bunny Hop, where I cover both the english and american bunny hop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdUGWeRQ2IU
    I really like your videos. Thanks bro.

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    Thanksfor this.... as a new rider any information is good information!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMTBike View Post
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    when one tries to hold a manual, do you have the sensation of looping out at the rear, or is the feeling 'neutral' (not falling to the front nor back)? can't think of a better term for it....

    i've been trying to hold the manual for several months already (yea i s*ck), and still can't do it. yes practice makes perfect, and i'm trying to 'troubleshoot' what i'm not doing.

    i can lift the front with arms straight (elbows not bending), but i can't hold it any longer than a fraction of a sec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyghost View Post
    when one tries to hold a manual, do you have the sensation of looping out at the rear, or is the feeling 'neutral' (not falling to the front nor back)? can't think of a better term for it....

    i've been trying to hold the manual for several months already (yea i s*ck), and still can't do it. yes practice makes perfect, and i'm trying to 'troubleshoot' what i'm not doing.

    i can lift the front with arms straight (elbows not bending), but i can't hold it any longer than a fraction of a sec.
    Did you ever get it down?

    I just got my bike and I'm finding it really hard. I suspect the geometry of the bikes coupled with body type do play a role in how easy or not it is to do. My own feeling is that it probably takes a lot of practice and you have to be willing to go all out to fall on your ass to get the feeling for the energy transfer from front to back. I'll keep trying (and failing no doubt).

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    Govnor- I don't think it's necessarily the bike's geometry having anything to do with it. I have seen people manual everything from a BMX to a DH bike to a road bike. I believe it has way more to do with your comfort level and control level as a rider. Sure, some bike geometry may be more conducive to certain skills, moves, whatever, but I think it's more rider than anything.

    remember- what we call XC, All-Mountain, DH, trials, etc all used to be done on pretty much the same bike back in the day. We have developed more specialized types of bikes and that helps but in reality a good rider can pretty much do anything he wants on any bike.

    google "Road Bike Party" and you'll see what I mean...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchad View Post
    Govnor- I don't think it's necessarily the bike's geometry having anything to do with it. I have seen people manual everything from a BMX to a DH bike to a road bike. I believe it has way more to do with your comfort level and control level as a rider. Sure, some bike geometry may be more conducive to certain skills, moves, whatever, but I think it's more rider than anything.

    remember- what we call XC, All-Mountain, DH, trials, etc all used to be done on pretty much the same bike back in the day. We have developed more specialized types of bikes and that helps but in reality a good rider can pretty much do anything he wants on any bike.

    google "Road Bike Party" and you'll see what I mean...

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    No doubt the rider is by far the most important part! Gaining skills like this takes time.

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    Love the video Phil, definitely the best one I've seen so far!

    I'd love to see something that covers how to corner more confidently and how to handle bumpy tracks with flats (without losing speed or your feet off the pedals!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Oh man! This is the best ever - I needed that!! - LOL!
    I LOL'd at that one! Never seen it before.

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    a nice video on setting up your bike

    https://youtu.be/oV_OfLSp_bM


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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    a nice video on setting up your bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by noonievut View Post
    I tried the drop off technique (FBAMSkill) and found that my front wheel lands before I could extend my legs after my rear tire cleared the ledge. Fortunately the fork absorbed the landing, plus I had my weight back. The drop was only 3 feet, and the landing was flat. Does this technique work if the drop off isn't that high?
    Gravity is going to want to bring the front wheel down first. Unless you're flying the front wheel will have dropped a good ways before the back wheel has cleared the edge, giving almost no time to level it. By the time you do get the wheel down you'll be pounding it into the ground for a very hard landing.

    Mostly, for a three foot drop, you want to lift/level the front before/at the edge instead of trying to push the rear wheel down to catch up with it.

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    Nice, thanks!

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    Thanks! Watching now

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    thanks!

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    Great vids. Good for an old noob like me.

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    awesome vids

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    Great videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMTBike View Post
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    How To Be A Mountain Biker - YouTube

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    Learn the different wheel sizes, pick one, and then be a dick about it!

    I don't care if this post is 3 years old, that deserves a mention. And, everyone should watch this video.

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    Thanks for the video's. Been watching the GMBN ones recently, got some more to watch now

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    Thanks for posting these! Very helpful to a noobie like me!

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    Very helpful. thanks

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    I've watched numerous videos and they've all been helpful but I am still stuck on the manual. I haven't given up yet but I've noticed the geometry of my bike is a lot different than the bikes in all the videos i've seen. I've heard countless times that it is not the bike, but I feel like this could greatly affect a new rider like myself. I ride a 1992 Paramount PDG 50 series bike. Could this be influencing my progress at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWCycling View Post
    I've watched numerous videos and they've all been helpful but I am still stuck on the manual. I haven't given up yet but I've noticed the geometry of my bike is a lot different than the bikes in all the videos i've seen. I've heard countless times that it is not the bike, but I feel like this could greatly affect a new rider like myself. I ride a 1992 Paramount PDG 50 series bike. Could this be influencing my progress at all?
    Oh yeah. I don't think there was anything made back then that would be good for manuals. Compared to today's bikes. When they say, it's not the bike, they mean within reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Oh yeah. I don't think there was anything made back then that would be good for manuals. Compared to today's bikes. When they say, it's not the bike, they mean within reason.
    I was very discouraged at first but this makes me feel a little better about my inability to do skills such as bunny hopping and manualing. From the videos for bunny hopping and dropping etc. they all have a manual involved in the skill. So would this also affect my ability to do most/other mountain biking skills?

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    Hi all:

    I looked at the one of the videos but honestly didn't find it helpful for what I'm trying to learn. I'm new to mountain biking and am just trying to learn/improve skills for riding on loose dirt/sand over hard pack trails here in Colorado. I'm not interested in downhill, doing drops, jumping large obstacles, etc. - just learn how to raise up in the saddle on moderate downhill inclines with dips, etc. and how to best navigate "switchbacks" when going uphill, etc. I scoured youtube for appropriate videos to no avail but the only helpful tutorial I found was written and was here:

    MTB Techniques - The Mountain Bike Skills and Technique Resource

    Any other videos/tutorials/books I should seek out? I'm also getting info on joining up as a newbie with a local riding club so that might be my best bet in the end but was hoping to at least watch a few videos/read some more, before I join them. Thanks for any help

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