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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