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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!
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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.

    Wish I'd gotten into this when I was 20 something, not 40 something... D'oh

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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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    what great videos. you guys have film and beatiful country.

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    Great stuff!! Thanks for posting!

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    Thanks for this thread. This really should be a sticky for the Beginners's Corner.
    I just started riding again (last 1991) and been hitting my local trails that has a bit of almost everything. The straight line and cornering video was very informative and useful for my type of riding.

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    Recently a couple of my neighbors bought new hardtails and one with a 29". I am having questions in my mind if the bike I have is adequate for my needs.

    Do I really NEED to upgrade to a newer bike like a hardtail with disc brakes (post 2006)? The trails I am learning or working on are the easy sections of Towsley Canyon and Tapia Canyon in SoCal - which the neighbor (experienced rider) with the new 29'' also frequents. If I feel confident, I try the moderate sections. As far as I can see, the bike I ride is fine.

    But as they say, "Ignorance is bliss." I have known from the 4x4 world that its always the driver not the truck.

    No plans to be extreme but want to be competent to ride the "moderate" trails. I am currently riding a rigid frame 1989 Mongoose IBOC Comp with traditional cantilever brakes. I just started riding seriously (I consider myself a beginner.)

    Thanks for any comments or info - Sorry for the hijack. I'm not able to start a thread until I hit 5 posts or greater.
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    Yaga - Would an upgrade be worth it, in short yes. Depending on your money situation I would opt for a hardtail. Also, go to your local bike shop (LBS) and try out bikes. 29er's might be for you, might not. It all depends on what you like. The reason I say get a hardtail is because you will learn more skills in the long run sense I take it your new and want to get into mtbing more. Sure you can get a full-suspension bike but this thread is about skills and becoming better at them. With that said get a hardtail. Before starting a thread use the search button as what bike should I get or what 29er should I get, and is this bike for me, as this has been asked so many times before.
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    These are great videos with true and consistent information. Even experienced riders can use a reminder on technique sometimes.

    Yaga - I read on one forum/thread where a guy used the tennis racquet as the example of why a 29er is a good or bad choice, depending on your philisophy. He said that a 29er hardtail is good in that, like a larger faced tennis racquet, it can be more forgiving for bad lines on trails, while still letting you "feel" the trail. If you want a more plush ride, go with FS. I just liked that analogy. In my case, my budget is on the lower side so 29er hardtail made sense for me. Plus technical climbs can be easier because the big wheels roll right over roots and rocks that used to stop me in my tracks and keep me from cleaning certain hills.

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    Nice finds, thanks for the info!

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    Cool..thx! I'm reading Lopes/McCormack's book and it's really helpful as well.

    edit: watching the vids now..great stuff.
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    Do you think he's had a Specialized BG fit? Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009 - YouTube

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    Check Danny MacAskill videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleon View Post
    Do you think he's had a Specialized BG fit? Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009 - YouTube
    That is SICK!!! Freakish Skillz!!

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    Good vids, thanks for posting them!
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    Thanks for posting these! Learned a few good tips...

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    drop off video has helped me alot

    this is my first drop off from this height & to angled landing (from this past weekend)...it doesn't look so bad from the fisheye camera, but i assure you, it looks scary from up top...heh

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    This thread really needs to be a sticky. Every beginner needs to watch these videos!

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    Great thread, book marked

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    Should be stickied. I'm impressed youtube allowed a 30 minute video to be uploaded.

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    Great help in those videos! thanks :-D

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    Great videos thanks

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    Thanks for posting those vids, I learned a lot!

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    New update

    Decided to upload the whole video of the FB-AM-Skill video to Vimeo. Hopefully it stays there. Your welcome and happy you guys/gals are progressing with your own skills. Anyone is more then welcome to post other video's as long as they have to do with MTB tips or how to's.
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    Some good tips. I really liked the straight line riding/corning. He gave a lot of valuable tips for absorbing shock. This is very helpful to me since I'm riding a fully rigid at the moment.

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    Excellent videos. Thanks for posting.

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    THanks for posting

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    Good stuff. Thanks for the links

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    Another video from another perspective. More to do with free ride if you want to call it that but it does have useful tips in it.
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