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    New question here. Wisdom of the ages...

    Hello all!

    I'm new to the MTBR forum and to mountain biking in general and have been lurking for the past week or so reading through the stickies and such to familiarize myself with most of the knowledge that is already out-there.

    A good friend of mine from work recently introduced me into the sport by taking me out to Horse Butte and Phil's a couple times. I've found myself falling in love with it. (Gotta say I'm disappointed I was in Bend for over a year before I discovered all of this!)

    He's done a great job showing me how things work... such as ROW, basic bike maintenance, proper technique, etc. Though I still learn something every time I'm on the trail.

    Understanding that every person here has been in my seat... the n00b... my question is this: What is the one tip/discovery/experience you had when first getting into the sport that you REALLY wish someone would have told you about so you didn't have to learn-the-hard-way?

    I'm just trying to avoid some of those... unexpected surprises.
    Is it supernova? Or supernova?

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    Try to land on your back tire first. : )

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    If you lose momentum on a climb and your feet won't unclip, fall uphill:-)
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    Climbing: Downshift rather than stand up.

    Descending: Use your brakes less.

    Everywhere: Wear a helmet.

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    Look ahead (not at your front wheel)

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    Get a good pair of flat pedals and flat specific riding shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Climbing: Downshift rather than stand up.
    How does this work with a SS?


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    Get a good pair of flat pedals and flat specific riding shoes.
    Nah, I'll never give up my clipless pedals.



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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Nah, I'll never give up my clipless pedals.
    I thought the same thing. But after years of riding clipless I gave flats a try last summer. Took me a few weeks to get used to them but I will never go back.

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    I'm still getting into the sport and don't think I feel comfortable enough to get clips just yet. Part of it too is the cost.

    I got my current bike a couple years ago from Target at oh... $200ish. I can feel the thing raveling apart beneath me sometimes. Especially on parts of Voodoo. I don't really want to spend much on my current bike upgrading it. I'd prefer to run it into the ground and use that money on a new bike down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CenterSelf View Post
    I'm still getting into the sport and don't think I feel comfortable enough to get clips just yet. Part of it too is the cost.

    I got my current bike a couple years ago from Target at oh... $200ish. I can feel the thing raveling apart beneath me sometimes. Especially on parts of Voodoo. I don't really want to spend much on my current bike upgrading it. I'd prefer to run it into the ground and use that money on a new bike down the road.
    Tell you what, with 29er's and 27.5s stealing the show these days, you can by an AMAZING 26" bike for dirt cheap on craigslist. Like literally a few hundred dollars.

    I still ride a 2004 26" Enduro Pro with all XTR. It was close to $10k when new. Chris King bla bla bla. Now I couldn't sell it for $500.

    If you want something you can keep for a while, you should look into a hard tail 29er as someone fairly new to the sport. Build your skills. Full sups bike may just get you hurt.

    You can get a sweet deal on something like a Giant Trance 29er for $1500. year old ish. Hard tail.

    You can get a 2012 Strumpjumper FSR 29er with 5" travel for $1500. great all around trail bike.

    But if you want a lot of bang for the buck look for a couple year old 26" bike. I'd still stay hard tail if i were you. Cheaper.

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    Wisdom of the ages...

    Make sure you can fix a flat, chain , whatever so you don't have a 15 mile hike down hermosa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    Make sure you can fix a flat, chain , whatever so you don't have a 15 mile hike down hermosa.
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    Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go, because that's where you're going.

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    When cornering as previously stated look ahead, but also point with your belly button, drop your outside pedal, lean the bike not your body and shred those corners.

    Don't get sucked into the bike advise on this site, ride as many different bikes as you can hardtails, fullys, 26, 27.5, 29, xc, enduro, single speed.....etc. Lots of free demos offered in the spring by all the big players in the bike industry out at Phils. Then pick one that fits your riding style or what you think your riding style will develop to and enjoy riding through the woods. On that note think outside of Bend as well when choosing a bike, a bike that works in Bend may not be the best weapon for Oakridge, Hood River or wherever else your travels may lead you.

    Other than that, just keep it fun!

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    Don't think you have to limit yourself to only one type of bike, regardless of who says what is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp View Post
    Make sure you can fix a flat, chain , whatever so you don't have a 15 mile hike down hermosa.
    I know I'm testing fate right now by riding without a pump/tube... Next time I'm running errands around town I need to make a point to stop and get them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Don't think you have to limit yourself to only one type of bike, regardless of who says what is better.
    I'm looking forward to the spring when I'm told demos will be common at Phil's, then maybe I'll buy in the fall when everyone is clearing stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go, because that's where you're going.
    +1 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon View Post
    Try to land on your back tire first. : )
    That's some horrible advice unless you're talking about landing to flat (which isn't very often on most mtb trails). ALWAYS land front tire first (or both) on transition and stay loose when in the air with the bike sucked up (bending arms and legs) - that's what I wish someone would have told me when learning doubles/gaps/tables. Another lesson I learned "the hard way" was to make darn sure your FRONT tire is pointed in the direction you want to go on landing jumps! You can kick the rear out all crazy and land sideways even and still ride away as long as you push that front tire down FIRST and have it pointed down the trail.

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    Perhaps slightly less helpful but not any less true than what StreamRider posted:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CenterSelf View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Climbing: Downshift rather than stand up.
    This isn't wrong BUT I like getting out of the saddle and pushing a big gear. Willem mentioned pushing bigger gears uphill to get stronger a couple of months ago so I tried it and I've increased my average uphill speed by 1.5MPH because of that tip!

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    Please check out the beginner's corner, and read all of the stickies up top.

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    I think I'm paraphrasing Brian Lopes or some other famous, insanely talented mtb racer here, but:

    "Remember, in mountain biking, speed and momentum are always your friends........well, until they become your enemy!"

    Have fun! Enjoy the "ride up the curve" of ability. It is so darn fun to be at the point of a sport where you can feel your ability improve every time or two you get out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Climbing: Downshift rather than stand up.
    Climbing what, and on what kind of bike? This is not a truth you can go by sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterRide View Post
    Take a BetterRide camp!
    I can't believe people actually pay you that amount of money to learn to ride a bike.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    I can't believe people actually pay you that amount of money to learn to ride a bike.
    I took one. It was worth every penny. So much more than learning to ride a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterRide View Post
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    better fix your footer. Wrong link/

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    mmmm... A friend of mine has an "ex" that is selling herself as a "coach" for a few adventure sports that "we" know she is not qualified to instruct. Proceed with caution considering the amount of "French Super Models" on the internet these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CenterSelf View Post
    Hello all!

    I'm new to the MTBR forum and to mountain biking in general and have been lurking for the past week or so reading through the stickies and such to familiarize myself with most of the knowledge that is already out-there.

    A good friend of mine from work recently introduced me into the sport by taking me out to Horse Butte and Phil's a couple times. I've found myself falling in love with it. (Gotta say I'm disappointed I was in Bend for over a year before I discovered all of this!)

    He's done a great job showing me how things work... such as ROW, basic bike maintenance, proper technique, etc. Though I still learn something every time I'm on the trail.

    Understanding that every person here has been in my seat... the n00b... my question is this: What is the one tip/discovery/experience you had when first getting into the sport that you REALLY wish someone would have told you about so you didn't have to learn-the-hard-way?

    I'm just trying to avoid some of those... unexpected surprises.
    - Counter steering for cornering
    - Stay loose on bike and let the suspension and tires work for you in absorbing impacts instead of body.
    - Strive to be in balanced (centered) position on bike most of the time with weigth thru pedals to be able to optimally react to changes on the trail.
    - Momentum is your friend for getting thru technical sections.
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa#1 View Post
    mmmm... A friend of mine has an "ex" that is selling herself as a "coach" for a few adventure sports that "we" know she is not qualified to instruct. Proceed with caution considering the amount of "French Super Models" on the internet these days.
    The BetterRide coach was obviously well trained and a fantastic instructor.

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    Just a general warning about coaching. Glad that you had a productive experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Knobby View Post
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