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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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010

    Riding Banked Turns?

    Can someone give me some advice on riding banked turns? I am a noob and they are one thing I just cant seem to do right. I always brake too hard going into them and then dont even really ride the bank. I would go faster into them but I have no clue how to ride them and am scared I will totally mess up.

    Anyone have any tips for me?


  2. #2
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    May 2009
    Go faster until you crash then back it down a little. I found alot of people are running too much tire pressure and wipe out.

    My weiner is 10.5".....Oh wait...I'm holding this ruler backward.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Brake just a tad before entering the turn. You only want to slow down enough to control the bike. Remember the bank is there so that you CAN take it WITH speed.

    Let off the brakes before entering the turn.

    Half-way through or a bit after start pedaling on your way out.

    Maintain balance the whole time and let the bank guide you through the turn. They are fun as hell once you learn them.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2006
    If the bank/berm is steep and smooth enough you don't even need to brake just pump through the corner. This may help http://www.leelikesbikes.com/jakarta...per-berms.html

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    lean the bike more

  6. #6
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    Dec 2008
    No brakes and lean in and trust your tires! It's called carving.
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