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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    What do I learn first?

    Hello everyone

    What do I learn first? I have a mtb skills book.

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    Straight Lines with Fabien Barel - YouTube
    So you don't get bounced off your bike--low heels.
    Cornering with Fabien Barel - YouTube
    Getting around turns.--practice on a grassy hill.

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    How to brake, under speed conditions without skidding.

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    Track stand, balance, braking, pumping are the essential skills I think on the trail.

    If you are comfortable at slow speed then leaning to slow down quickly would get you going fast in no time. Once you nailed those skills I'd go with manual next, not the one that you can just ride on the rear wheel but the mechanic of popping your front wheel up on or over things. It's such a good skill to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Track stand, balance, braking, pumping are the essential skills I think on the trail.

    If you are comfortable at slow speed then leaning to slow down quickly would get you going fast in no time. Once you nailed those skills I'd go with manual next, not the one that you can just ride on the rear wheel but the mechanic of popping your front wheel up on or over things. It's such a good skill to have.
    Would balance be leaning(forward, backward)? Is that in order of importance? What is a track stand?

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    the first thing you should learn: the more you ride, the better you will be. No other factor is more important than this including bike selection, low end vs high end, tires, pedals, handlebars, colors, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Would balance be leaning(forward, backward)? Is that in order of importance? What is a track stand?
    Forward, trackstand is pretty much the attempt to standstill while on your bike. It would teach you to be more comfortable on very slow speed. I struggled with cornering for a long time but mostly due to the traction, once I was more comfortable with less traction I was fine.

    Don't get me wrong faster speed, and momentum would get you out of trouble more time than not, but if you need to learn new skills it's the slow speed stuffs.

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    Is There a lesson for the balance on youtube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Is There a lesson for the balance on youtube?
    Better check this out
    http://forums.mtbr.com/groups/t-w-o-...kills-link-11/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Hello everyone

    What do I learn first? I have a mtb skills book.
    First rive things.

    1) Keep your feet on the pedals at all times. The feet and hands are primary control link to the bike. Not the seat.
    2) When it gets bumpy and you don't need pedal stand and let the bike move around under you rather than tossing you around.
    3) Don't go too slow. Going very slow over rough ground will toss you off the bike. However moving at a little bit of speed will help keep the bike up right.
    4) Don't let the front wheel stop rolling. This is how you crash by going over the handle bars.
    5) Mountain biking is an active sport. This means body position on the bike is critical for just about everything. If you just sit there on the seat and never move your body weight you will never be able to ride. Some times you shift the body weight forward (climbing) and back (descending) or side to side for cornering. As you read the books you will understand how to move the body weight, but up front you need to expect to do it. A good rider is constantly moving the bike under them and shifting weight around. They are always in the saddle and out of the saddle depending on the needs of the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Should I learn all those skills?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Should I learn all those skills?
    No only the one you need If you are riding on a smooth straight fireroad then you just learn the skills needed to get the job done

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    before i found this site, i watched this at least twice...

    Essential Mountain Biking Skills - YouTube

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    As long as you don't learn anything from her you are ok. Sorry Deb if you are here, it's just lol.
    Mountain Biking and Trail Riding : Downhill Mountain Biking Techniques - YouTube

    This is a great what not to do.
    Mountain Biking and Trail Riding : Downhill Mountain Biking Techniques - YouTube

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    What Mimi and others have said, and this...

    I think the most important thing to learn is to have fun. If it's fun, you'll keep coming back for more and find yourself learning all sorts of things. Don't work too much about "required" or "most valuable" skills. When you find yourself wanting to do something better, then study up on it or ask/observe others who you want to imitate.

    Sessioning is a good way to learn new technical skills. It means repeatedly trying to do something while on the trail. Can't clear that section of a climb? Try it a few times each time you ride that trail, go at it different ways until you get it. Soon you'll ride that section routinely and remember how difficult it used to be.

    And finally, keep your challenges reasonable - and safe. Go for what's just a bit beyond your current skill level. You'll learn faster, have more fun and stay in one piece.

    Ride on! Enjoy all the little victories.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Which things are fundamental to MTB?

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    What kind of riding do you plan to do, what type of trail? What kind of skills do you have already?

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    Learn how to pedal without getting tired. Learn how to pedal uphill without getting tired. Skills are a lot easier to execute when you're not tired.

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    a good place to start is properly sized bike.

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    What do I learn first?

    How in the world do you peddle uphill without getting tired? My fat but can only go so long on a climb until I push up the rest of it.

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    Probably should learn how to pedal first
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    What kind of riding do you plan to do, what type of trail? What kind of skills do you have already?
    Any trail I can find Likely no downhill. Probably XC/All mountain
    I can climb logs, ride descents, ride uphill, not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker8 View Post
    Any trail I can find Likely no downhill.
    I can climb logs, ride descents, ride uphill, not much.
    Sounds like you have got some skills already, for the uphill just keep riding. Now you may suffer a lot and go nowhere fast, soon you'd suffer just as much if not more but you'd be flying up the hill

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    thanks to everyone =)

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    Assuming you have a bike that will work for you...

    -Learn to get out of the seat for rough terrain. This is something that you don't often think of when riding on pavement, but its key for mtb.
    -Work on shifting at the right time. This was a HUGE thing for me when I started. I swear it took a year to start to get so that I would hit the right gear coming into a climb. Working on this is definitely a big issue.
    -Work on your vision - what you're looking at. Don't focus right in front of you - work to keep an eye out a little further so that you can prepare you & your bike for the next bit of terrain.

    As you spend more time on the trail you'll see where different techniques can be applied, and you'll start to develop the skills needed to use these techniques - like hanging your butt off the back of the bike on steep downhills, pedal ratcheting to avoid rock strikes, bunny hops, front end/back end tire hops, pedaling while standing to get over tech sections.

    But remember, time on the bike is what makes you better. Watching videos and reading tips can prepare you for the advancement, but only saddle time improves your skills.

    Good luck. Ride a lot.

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