• 01-01-2013
    fc
    What mountain bike skill are you going to work on for 2013?
    cornering? climbing? drops? jumping? racing? endurance riding?

    beer drinkin? photographin? Safety ridin?

    How are you gonna go about it?

    fc
  • 01-01-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Tricks and stunts and such. I want my kids to worship me. :rolleyes:
  • 01-01-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    2013 skillz
    Endurance - specifically distance and climbing.
    -- Climbing - Kennedy on the SS is a late Winter/Early Spring goal.
    -- Distance - Being able to do some of those epics in places like Coe would be fun. (See Climbing).

    Diet - still debating that wholly green smoothie thing
    ----

    Probably will continue late 2012 efforts to cut back on beer.
  • 01-01-2013
    ancient rascal
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post
    Endurance - specifically distance and climbing.
    -- Climbing - Kennedy on the SS is a late Winter/Early Spring goal.
    -- Distance - Being able to do some of those epics in places like Coe would be fun. (See Climbing).

    Diet - still debating that wholly green smoothie thing
    ----

    Probably will continue late 2012 efforts to cut back on beer.

    How soon can you get to Overgrown today ? You need a good climb after your actions last night no doubt ! ;)
  • 01-01-2013
    Bent Wheel
    Going bigger on the drops & jumps. Practice, practice, practice. Probably work on endurance too.
  • 01-01-2013
    dirtvert
    ^^ Yep, I'm just a junior flyer. Are there any trails near the South Bay that are good for practice (and don't say Demo!)--or anybody that gives lessons?
  • 01-01-2013
    rho
    Jumps! Drops!

    I'm also going to work on my beard growing skills as those seem to enhance my single speed and cyclocross riding skills in a most wonderful way.

    Also plenty of 12/24 oz curls are in my future.
  • 01-01-2013
    Harry Mackenzie
    Everything. I'm fat and a wuss.
  • 01-01-2013
    StuLax18
    Jumping and carrying speed through turns.

    I guess climbing also, so I can do loops at Demo and finally check out Sawpit. Also, possibly riding clipped-in.
  • 01-01-2013
    PACS
    Riding with flats instead of clipped in.
  • 01-01-2013
    zorg
    Riding more...

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  • 01-01-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    How soon can you get to Overgrown today ? You need a good climb after your actions last night no doubt ! ;)

    We ended up going up to sand point in Nisene. 1600 feet over 8 miles was better for my back. :)

    I'm up for more Kennedy torture soon.

    -j
  • 01-01-2013
    gxglass
    Riding more singletrack. Fewer vanilla road rides. Keeping the car running so I can actually get places I want to ride instead of just doing default rides from home all the time. Getting a geared MTB for longer rides (on single speed my limit is about 2.5 hours and also road time to/from trails either sucks if the gear is low, or the choice of trails is limited if the gear is high for road riding).
  • 01-01-2013
    Jack Burns
    Less trail work and more riding.

    More single-speeding, both hard tail, front suspension, and fully rigid.

    Using a seat-dropper on my AM bike all the time.

    Trying new trails.
  • 01-01-2013
    cmdrpiffle
    Not crashing!
  • 01-01-2013
    SkiNBike
    I plan on actually getting back on my bike and riding. The rest will fall into place.
  • 01-01-2013
    Tim F.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by supermachete View Post
    Trail building & development.

    Were've you been? Give a shout next time your in the southbay.
  • 01-01-2013
    iheartbicycles
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    cornering? climbing? drops? jumping? racing? endurance riding?

    beer drinkin? photographin? Safety ridin?

    How are you gonna go about it?

    fc

    working on being less fat and riding more. shouldnt be too hard. 2012 was crazy.
  • 01-01-2013
    Tim F.
    More push-ups, plowing, doubles, less braking, jumping over rooty/ rocky sections when possible.
  • 01-01-2013
    The Trail Bum
    Big senders! and going faster uphill
  • 01-01-2013
    Captain Cobb
    1 Attachment(s)
    More riding with my boys, and working on their skills, they are the future. Attachment 749879
  • 01-01-2013
    PACS
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ Yep, I'm just a junior flyer. Are there any trails near the South Bay that are good for practice (and don't say Demo!)--or anybody that gives lessons?

    Get a dirt jumper and start sessioning Calabazas in Cupertino/San Jose.

    Btw, what's wrong with Demo? Thats got to be the best place to learn jumps and drops in the bay area.
  • 01-01-2013
    dirtvert
    PACS- Calabazas looks like the ticket. And it's only 4 miles from our new place. Thanks!

    I've been to Demo once. It was lots of fun, but most of the jumps/drops were a little over my comfort zone (XC old guy)!
  • 01-01-2013
    mtnryder56
    Keeping speed on step ups, scrubbing jumps that are too small for the speed you have on that section of the trail, and hitting hips that air to the right (it's my non-natural side)

    Also, being able to ride certain trails from top to bottom, hitting every feature...
  • 01-01-2013
    fc
    Great responses!

    I think the first step to enlightenment is admitting ignorance. The second step is curiosity or willingness to learn.

    For example, I learned zero about cornering in the last 12 years because I thought I knew everything I needed about cornering.

    Another example is I often hear. "I DON'T do drops.". That will usually shut down any possibility of learning. To this I now ask "Why not? Can you do a 6 inch drop? Can you do one foot! Do you know how? Want to learn?"

    So I say challenge yourself to learn something new and improve.

    Fc
  • 01-01-2013
    Snowboarder54
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cmdrpiffle View Post
    Not crashing!

    ^ what he said:thumbsup:
  • 01-02-2013
    GuruAtma
    I plan on getting out of my local area to ride and hit some of the must-do's before I get too old.
    Tahoe this summer.
  • 01-02-2013
    pimpbot
    Climbing - I really need to work on my fitness.
    Air - I've never been comfortable in the air. I gotta work on that.
  • 01-02-2013
    Dion
    Climbing, fitness and endurance is my #1.

    Airing with style (flatties, etc). Hitting the pump track at least a few times a month. Ride more BMX. Try my hand at DH racing.

    I like what somebody said earlier about airing/hopping over bumpy sections. I just started doing that in the last couple of months and it's amazing how much you can keep flow.

    Oh, and produce an independent MTB documentary (passion project). :)
  • 01-02-2013
    DrWheels
    I had a lot of great rides in 2012 despite some chronic injury problems, but it was a really uneven year, so the goal for 2012 is more goodness.
    Skilz: jumps and long manuals. I'd like to get some 1:1 instruction, maybe at Whistler.
    Fitness: getting back to my power-to-weight ratio from 2011.
    Ride at least 2 new destinations, probably Ashland and one other.
  • 01-02-2013
    fuenstock
    I would like to do a few travel/ride trips to other states. I would also like to work on long distance endurance and do some 40+ mile rides.
  • 01-02-2013
    fc
    And as you work on skills, remember the most important lesson of all is to ride with enthusiasm and ride like a kid. Like Malcom...


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  • 01-02-2013
    dth656
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    PACS- Calabazas looks like the ticket. And it's only 4 miles from our new place. Thanks!

    I've been to Demo once. It was lots of fun, but most of the jumps/drops were a little over my comfort zone (XC old guy)!


    you may also want to check out pleasanton bike park---i know it's a bit of a drive, but imho, it was far easier for a noob like me (comparing beginner section there to the one at calabazas). calabazas was a lot more convenient location wise (i would ride there from work), but i felt i progressed more at pleasanton.

    also, santa clara pal bmx park is a lot of fun, although you have to pay to ride. i've been going there for about 2 months, and have met a lot of mtn bikers there as well.
  • 01-02-2013
    dagenhay
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Another example is I often hear. "I DON'T do drops.". That will usually shut down any possibility of learning. To this I now ask "Why not? Can you do a 6 inch drop? Can you do one foot! Do you know how? Want to learn?"

    So I say challenge yourself to learn something new and improve.

    Fc

    I learned to do backflips in 2012 at 48 years old. Started out on an air bag, moved to a foam pit and then to a resi-mat. The goal for 2013 is to take it to dirt.

    Francois has it right challenge yourself to learn something new. I used to watch others do drops or gaps and say I was too old to do that or not skilled enough. But I was always working on skills to move up to the next feature. With the right training, you be suprised what you can learn.

    And that is a 43lbs Santa Cruz VPfree downhill bike that I am flipping, not a BMX or dirt jump bike.
  • 01-02-2013
    Finch Platte
    Since I'm only riding ss these days, I have to be in shape enough over the winter that I can do the higher elevation rides come summer. Hogan will be out of the picture then, so you guys will be spared year-round Hogan ride reports. :p
  • 01-02-2013
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dagenhay View Post
    I learned to do backflips in 2012 at 48 years old.

    NICE!! Ramp up the jawn.
  • 01-02-2013
    GTscoob
    Got a few trick goals to accomplish on the DJ: 180/360 in/out of a halfpipe or bowl, bunnyhop onto a bench, be able to manual

    Definitely do some trail maintenance. I end up focusing so much time on bike advocacy and outreach in the city but never have time to go out and put hours into the local trails.
  • 01-02-2013
    squashyo
    I am going to try and not be so awesome. In 2012, I was super awesome all the time especially on my bike and I think it made less awesome people feel stupid. Maybe this year I will still be pretty awesome but just not awesome all the time.
  • 01-02-2013
    Martin6
    Continue to work on my cornering skills and to get back on the Demo for some DH fun...drops, step-ups and gaps.
  • 01-02-2013
    intheways
    Not really mtb skills, but running and swimming to augment my performance at an Xterra triathlon.
  • 01-02-2013
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    Got a few trick goals to accomplish on the DJ: 180/360 in/out of a halfpipe or bowl, bunnyhop onto a bench, be able to manual

    Can you 360 tail tap or 360 bunnyhop? Found once I got those down, airing out is MUCH easier because you know how to spin. Also, start your spin early at the lip. I think 180's are harder than 360's because with 180's you have to roll back. Or, get a freecoaster hub and you're home free :).

    When you say bench, are you talking about the table part or the seat part? What I found made life much easier is to find something cement the same height at a school yard and do that first. When we were kids, the Santa Cruz High school quad stage was the rite of passage (it was higher then). Once we could do that, we were getting onto benches, and then picnic tables. :D

    Good luck! :)

    *I need to desperately get a DJ again!* Throw that one in for a 2013 goal!
  • 01-02-2013
    solidfish
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    More riding with my boys, and working on their skills, they are the future.

    +1

    although, would be nice if I could climb a bit higher
  • 01-02-2013
    Whason
    Bunny Hops, Drops and high speed cornering. I'd like to be more active riding down technical. I get down most things, but I want to glide down most things instead. Be one with the trail so to speak.
  • 01-02-2013
    vernonator
    Being a good example to my peers here in Marin County by:
    attending important meetings where the future of our kids access is at stake,
    waiting for trails to drain after rain and not causing more erosion,
    attending trail work in January on Tamarancho existing trails, flow trail, and 680 trail
  • 01-02-2013
    formulate
    -- Get the (literal) cobwebs off my trail bike and actually ride some trails. Even some quick loops at Arastradero, then Waterdog and then Demo and Skeggs once I have some fitness again.

    -- Finally learn to manual.

    -- Finally get some actual air on the bigger jumps at Calabazas. I was nearly there this fall before the rain started.

    -- Ride the beginner xc ride at Sea Otter this year. I've signed up but not rode for the past two years.
  • 01-02-2013
    S.O.B.
    Do the following on the Rigid SS:
    -Improve Endurance to compete/finish not one, but two Solo 24 hr events & some other yet-to-be-determined endurance event.
    -Improve Handling Skills w/new carbon fork
    -Avoid any and all drops over 12" (when possible).
    -Shrink my bike-to weight ratio by 20 more lbs.
    -climb, climb, climb!
  • 01-02-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    An addendum for 2013:

    - encourage wife/friends to get out and fat tire
    - join them and plan rides that cater to their learning (ie, lack of endurance) level and help them build up (including one planning for a tri)
    - just enjoy being outside witnessing others have fun
  • 01-02-2013
    the.vault
    I'd like to learn how to jump, get backside on a double consistently. I'm not shooing for backflips. I've been looking for a DJ frame, and I work pretty close to Calabazzas, hoping I can make it over there at lunch.

    I want get my daughter going on her push bike. It's still a liitle big for her, she is only 18 months old...not sure if this counts as a new skill, for me.
  • 01-02-2013
    ESE
    riding more with friends I miss...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    cornering? climbing? drops? jumping? racing? endurance riding?

    beer drinkin? photographin? Safety ridin?

    How are you gonna go about it?

    fc

    And getting out of this funk and back into shape.

    Beer drinking? I thought that was mandatory.
  • 01-02-2013
    sjhiker
    The skills that enables me to keep up with Leopold on one of his "normal rides" Sierra Azul and Quicksilver.
  • 01-02-2013
    cohenfive
    the way the past couple of weeks have gone, i'm just hoping to get on the bike at all.
  • 01-03-2013
    michaelsnead
    Front Wheel Pivot Hop or Drop
    Hey Folks,

    This is my latest "rider improvement project"

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QL-0XEolCrc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Have fun however you get dirty,

    Michael:thumbsup:
  • 01-03-2013
    fc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cohenfive View Post
    the way the past couple of weeks have gone, i'm just hoping to get on the bike at all.

    Do not be alarmed by the last few weeks. One needs to aim high.

    Remember that the some of the most passionate riders in the world cannot ride for more that 3 months.

    <iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SAmVoFFs28A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    fc
  • 01-03-2013
    andy f
    I'm hoping to do more riding with others this year. Lots of solo miles for me in 2012. I also want to get out more to ride other places.
  • 01-03-2013
    abeckstead
    2 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    More riding with my boys, and working on their skills, they are the future. Attachment 749879

    Me too! Your boy is a stud, he really impressed me on the rock skinny.

    I don't really have any goals skill wise for myself. I just want to ride more, more places and keep learning, I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last Feb. I plan to get my family out together even more this year. My wife rides and enjoys it. I just ordered parts to girly up my daughters hot rock for her 6th birthday. Hope that helps to get her more excited about riding some real trails. My son loves his new DJ 26er :)
  • 01-03-2013
    fc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by supermachete View Post
    Oh, & to be a bit more social. I've been hiding under a rock (A "Big" one-quite literally) for a bit too long...


    :) Socialization is actually a skill that can be worked on. I like to be alone and ride alone. But a few years ago after my accident I made an effort to ride with people and enjoy my time with them. I try and remember a little something about everyone. And I am a happier person now.

    fc
  • 01-03-2013
    wg
    Ride more often which will improve climbing and endurance. Small but useful tricks like a front wheel pivot for tight spaces. Track stand hopping to change direction.
  • 01-03-2013
    Metamorphic
    I'd like to translate the track stand from an academic driveway skill, to a something I can reliably execute on the trail in technical riding.

    I'd also like to work on being more agressive in the transitions between uphill and downhill to maximize my speed.
  • 01-03-2013
    cannondalegirl120
    adventure on some new rides in 2013. I love china camp, castle rock, and briones bc i know the trails and they are close to where i live but i am up for something new and exciting! Maybe i'll get lucky and someone will intro me to some new trails this year....
  • 01-03-2013
    tsimbu
    Group tech sessions
    Sounds like we need to have some group rides where the focus is on skill building (technical sessions, jump redo's, drops and roll off skills). Too often I've gone on rides where just getting back to the car is the main goal and no one learns anything new.

    Another option is to resurrect the Urban rides we would do on Wednesdays nights at Stanford. I learned a lot those nights and the skills REALLY translated to the trail (track stands, step ups, bunny hops, roll offs, side hops and drops to flat).

    I guess this year my goal will be to get out and ride more than last year. That won't be too hard since I was swamped with the "joys" of home ownership. :rolleyes:
    Oh and to finally explore my new hood. Boulder Creek probably has a million gems...I just need to go out and find 'em.
    And last but not least, start building my backyard trail. I can eventually make it all the way to Loch Lomond from my back door...literally!!:thumbsup:
  • 01-04-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tsimbu View Post
    Sounds like we need to have some group rides where the focus is on skill building (technical sessions, jump redo's, drops and roll off skills). Too often I've gone on rides where just getting back to the car is the main goal and no one learns anything new.

    This would be a great sequence to have. There are official events like the Dirt Series, but social learning/refreshers would be great. Jumps may be a bit tricky, but most stuff should be doable. I, personally, would love a jump clinic, but places like post office jumps awes and scares me.

    As for boulder creek, just roll down 9 and air over CHUM *this message brought to you by the appease ancient rascal's demand for more CHUM jokes committee*

    -j
  • 01-04-2013
    AK47
    Cornering. There was that one video about pointing your pecker where you want to go. Plan to do a lot of pecker pointing to see if that helps.
  • 01-04-2013
    Finch Platte
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    I am going to try and not be so awesome. In 2012, I was super awesome all the time especially on my bike and I think it made less awesome people feel stupid. Maybe this year I will still be pretty awesome but just not awesome all the time.

    Awesome post!

    Now I just feel stupid. :mad:
  • 01-04-2013
    Dion
    Group ride at Lake Cunningham skatepark or Ramp Rats! :p
  • 01-04-2013
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tsimbu View Post
    And last but not least, start building my backyard trail. I can eventually make it all the way to Loch Lomond from my back door...literally!!:thumbsup:

    Lemme know if you need a hand building said trail...what's the elevation loss?
  • 01-04-2013
    Tim F.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by supermachete View Post
    Under the radar.. I have not left the back 40 in a while, & when I do it's usually to somewhere up north. But you a welcome to join us any time!

    Usually don't venture past Pacifiaca, in that direction. Might change soon.
  • 01-04-2013
    Old Kentucky Shark
    Finally being able to get over that gnarly stump on resolution trail at skeggs. You know the one.
  • 01-04-2013
    fc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Old Kentucky Shark View Post
    Finally being able to get over that gnarly stump on resolution trail at skeggs. You know the one.

    Oooh, that's a good goal.

    That changes every year though. Gets gnnnnarlier.

    fc
  • 01-04-2013
    tburger
    I will complete the 10K Demo ride this year.
  • 01-05-2013
    boarder831
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cohenfive View Post
    the way the past couple of weeks have gone, i'm just hoping to get on the bike at all.

    I'm in this boat too but when I do get out I'd like to strengthen my climbing and get at least one long ride (3+ hrs) in once a week.
  • 01-05-2013
    Fishbucket
    I'm in the; get out and get healthy camp. having my wife and dog along with me as much as possable.
    Getting strong enough to keep up, on a few social rides too.
  • 01-05-2013
    PACS
    Not as much a fitness goal, but going to work on finishing the freeride trail I started working on last year. Also want to put it a lot of trail work days at demo and SC.
  • 01-05-2013
    Huusoku
    Crossing over to 1x9 drivetrain to build more length strength and endurance for 2013!
  • 01-06-2013
    dirtvert
    For those of you looking to work on some specific riding skills, I would highly recommend this book: Mastering Mountain Bike Skills - 2nd Edition: Brian Lopes, Lee McCormack: 9780736083713: Amazon.com: Books.

    Lopes is...a bit of a schmuck, but he's also one of the most accomplished riders ever, and his book is much more readable than the average skills book. Besides taking a lesson from an ex-pro, this has probably helped my riding more than anything else. Happy trails!
  • 01-12-2013
    gbug
    I'm a long way from Norcal, but I hope to conquer the nose pivot this year for the tight switchbacks we have here Colorado.
  • 01-12-2013
    JoeBMX
    kovarik fireroad drifting.
  • 01-12-2013
    whiskeytango Rider
    Climb hills.and climb more. The Shasta Classic Lemurian local whiskeytown lake race for me kicks my butt 26 miles 4300 ft elv. Climb more because its harder to go up then down for me.
  • 01-12-2013
    rho
    A couple more things I want to work on for the year... Descending better. Faster/hitting more features on our local stuff, Getting better at getting the bike UP stuff, ala trials moves up stuff.

    I wouldn't mind working a bit more on going really fast over chunk, either.
  • 01-12-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    thinking about this more...
    My 2013 goals have changed a bit...originally I was thinking based on local trails.

    But, there are three family trips planned that will hit Eugene, Whistler, and some combo of Utah, CO, and TX...

    Endurance and distance are still key, but I am adding in the "skill" or "temperament" to try new obstacles as they are presented. That means use the skills I have as I encounter something new, rather than question and try and session it.
  • 01-13-2013
    Dion
    Aside from trying to get my XC on, I just ordered this. :D :D :D :D

    Stolen Saint 24" with freestyle geometry.

    I'm going to work on getting some of the old street tricks back. I'd like to get good at fast plants again.

  • 01-20-2013
    moschika
    keeping my bike in working order. :madman:

    anyone want to come and replace my fork seals and bleed/add fluid to my brakes? :p
  • 01-20-2013
    SOG
    Getting back into racing bmx. Need to work on my gates. I may end up selling my mountain bikes since they are so expensive and won't get much use.
  • 01-20-2013
    Heck08
    riding more.... my endurance sux!
  • 01-20-2013
    Heck08
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    For those of you looking to work on some specific riding skills, I would highly recommend this book: Mastering Mountain Bike Skills - 2nd Edition: Brian Lopes, Lee McCormack: 9780736083713: Amazon.com: Books.

    Lopes is...a bit of a schmuck, but he's also one of the most accomplished riders ever, and his book is much more readable than the average skills book. Besides taking a lesson from an ex-pro, this has probably helped my riding more than anything else. Happy trails!

    :thumbsup:
  • 01-21-2013
    rensho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by francois View Post
    And as you work on skills, remember the most important lesson of all is to ride with enthusiasm and ride like a kid. Like Malcom...


    <iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0qmQrEM5rVA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Chills. That's the coolest bike video I've ever seen. Go Malcom!