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.
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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.
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    Listen! Mountain Biking Skills Videos

    Found these videos on youtube and thought it woud be good to share here. For anyone just getting into MTB'ing or honing their skills in. It's a basic skills video. FB-AM-Skill videos as well.

    Enjoy.










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    Thanks a lot. Great information here. Can't wait to try out the many pointers in these videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edj View Post
    Thanks a lot. Great information here. Can't wait to try out the many pointers in these videos.
    No problem, just trying to help out. Not a lot of replys though. I see a lot of threads that could be answered here just by watching these videos. Wish a MOD in this forum would sticky this thread.

    Anyways, you can download the videos by going to: KeepVid: Download and save any video from Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, iFilm and more!
    Just enter the url and go from there.
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    Thanks for sharing these. Great find with keepvid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edj View Post
    Thanks a lot. Great information here. Can't wait to try out the many pointers in these videos.
    I'll second that!

    Thanks!

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    Check Danny MacAskill videos

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    Thanks for the videos they helped me alot

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    Great post thank you! Cant wait to try out the cornering techniques shown here~!
    People ask me all the time "who beat you up"? I tell them "a tree". They just look at me funny....

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    Thanks for the post.

    I cannot believe these videos have such few views.

    For my skill level the Straightline/Cornering video had great tips I am working on.

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    Nice, thanks for the links


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    excellent thanks! i have been trying to work on drop offs...

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    These vids have had a lot of discussion in the AM forum. I liked them so much that I went out and got the magazine/DVD it came from :tup:

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    Thanks for posting the vids!

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    For a noob dumbass like me, those are invaluable. Especially the cornering one.

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    Watch the videos several times and tried to apply the techniques today on my first real trail ride. All I can say is THANK YOU AGAIN OP!

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    nice videos. IMO the hardest part of doing drops is acquiring the testicles to do it. Am I on my own with this?
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    Great videos ... especially the "Essential Mountain Biking Skills" ... it made me really think about why I ride the way I do. So much of my riding skills were picked up as a kid riding BMX; mimicking other riders ... not really putting too much thought into how I ride, and why. Just doing it. After years of being off a bike ... now riding again; it's good to know I picked up proper skills growing up, and have kept them in my muscle memory


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    IMO the hardest part of doing drops is acquiring the testicles to do it. Am I on my own with this?
    Right there with ya ... cause you know if you mess up ... it's gonna hurt.

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    Thanks for the share!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Been riding for years and this helped a lot. Thanks!

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    Just started out..thanks..tis Vid helps alot

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    Just checked out the first video and thought it kicked ass! Im about to start the others, but,...

    did anyone notice that at the very end of the first vid,..the dog "waaas just about to lick his balls "??

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    Nice, love the drop-off video, now I just need to find the guts to give it a go.

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    Great info; thanks a bunch for sharing.

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    Great info...but I'm not so sure starting out with 60/40 front/rear braking is wise for beginners. If you are not in the right position with your weight on your pedals (most beginners won't be), the front brake might as well be an ejection lever.

    I think beginners should start by modulating their speed on steep descents by using maybe 30/70 braking until they are comfortable with carrying more speed through rough terrain. They might lock up the rear wheel here and there, but they'll be able to recover from it.

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    Nice, thanks!

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