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    What I learned

    Yesterday, I rode at a bike park with an 11-year old kid. This was his first dirt ride on a mountain bike, but he had ridden motorcross since he was like 6. I took him on a series of easy trails, which is about all that I really enjoy riding there. He was a natural and his one complaint was that twisting the grip did not make it go faster.

    I learned a lot from him.

    First, I learned that what I though was pretty fast on the straight sections, was not fast at all.

    Second, I learned that what I thought was pretty fast through the turns, was not, either.

    Third, I learned that the dip that has always given me trouble and worried me about OTB is no big deal. Just point the bike and let go of the brake; it knows what to do.

    Fourth, I learned that the bump that I have always just rolled up and then back down, can be jumped.

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    It's never too late to 'go to school,' even when the teacher is 11 years old. Sounds like you had a good time.

    Once you get the suspension set correctly, jumping is fun. If it's not set up correctly, it can be a nightmare ;~)

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    What I learned when I turned 45...

    Is that I don't bounce like your garden-variety 11 year old.

    I am comfortable with my limitations.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdhood View Post
    Is that I don't bounce like your garden-variety 11 year old.

    I am comfortable with my limitations.
    Long ago I learned that I'm not as resilient as I once was. However, I did get a refresher on Saturday when I hit my shoulder on something.

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