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    what is your greatest weakness as a rider?

    mine is descending very steep, rough sections at night. going through super technical sections bring me off the bike and on to my feet as well.

    what are yours?

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    If I get over a difficult up n down, but just barely, (or don't even get over it) I will chicken out on it for the next bunch of times I come to it.

    tied with:

    Not landing jumps right and wrecking, even small ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    mine is descending very steep, rough sections at night. going through super technical sections bring me off the bike and on to my feet as well.
    exact opposite here... greatest weakness is fitness/pedaling/climbing

    steep/rough/loose/chunky downhill riding (day or night) is my comfort zone

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    I stink at going down tight switchbacks which is what my local trails have.

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    I can't bunny hop. I try and try and try harder. Just can't seem to get more than a couple inches.

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    Poor reflexes, crappy sense of balance and too fat.

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    When I get tired, my technique goes all to hell and I end up not clearing things I should be able to easily handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakybro View Post
    When I get tired, my technique goes all to hell and I end up not clearing things I should be able to easily handle.
    This.......

    and another big one in my long list of weaknesses........tight, downhill, slow speed, right hand switchbacks. Can do left no problem but right is hard for me.

    Also, forgetting to breathe in sketchy techy bits, and thusly blowing my cardio.

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    Manuals and bunny hopping.

    Good at technical and climbing. Getting better at cornering. Had to relearn on my 29er after 25 years riding a 26.

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    I suck at anything technical, and some of it guys
    here would think is easy.

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    My greatest weakness seems to be that I suck at riding bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
    Poor reflexes, crappy sense of balance and too fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglyguy2 View Post
    My greatest weakness seems to be that I suck at riding bicycles.
    Pretty much sums it up for me.

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    Climbing, descending, and cornering.

    Oh, and going fast.

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    My mind!

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    Wind. It doesn't take much to put me deep into aenerobia. Over the years it's gotten better, but it's always a struggle. Hence, my tag.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Beer. It has the strange property of increasing the effects of gravity in a manner proportional to the amount consumed in the days prior to any given ride.


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    I'm too old.

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    I found out this past weekend that I don't bounce as well as I used to. Nursing a separated shoulder.

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    Climbing and fear.....

    I just don't climb very well anymore. No matter where I am, I just drift back to the end of the pack on any type of long climb. Oh, hell, I never climbed very well! I also fear crashing hard. Right now I'm recovering form what was probably a broken rib from a crash three weeks ago. Not that it kept me off the bike but I do have a fear of a bad crash ending my season. Sucks to get old as they say!

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    Narrow bridges with no sides. Total mental hang up. Narrow trails with a steep drop off to one side. I want to bunny hop!!

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    weakness: cornering, big drops, hucking jumps, and climbing.... but i Love tight, technical, rocky, rooty downhill stuff!
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    what is your greatest weakness as a rider?

    1. Picking the wrong lines, esp through technical stuff.
    2. Not carrying enough speed through technical stuff.
    3. Carrying momentum through turns properly.
    4. Cleaning my bike all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Pretty much sums it up for me.
    Me too. Plus I'm a total pu$$y.

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    Having my feet restrained in the pedals. I mentally cannot overcome not being free to quickly plant a foot. I've only given it a brief chance once but scared the crap outa me.

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    Ability to push myself is another. I get out and ride, but often not nearly as hard as I should. Yeah, not all rides need to be "workouts", but I often feel after a ride that I should have pushed harder, rode a little further, tried a little better at a climb, ect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Ability to push myself is another. I get out and ride, but often not nearly as hard as I should. Yeah, not all rides need to be "workouts", but I often feel after a ride that I should have pushed harder, rode a little further, tried a little better at a climb, ect.

    This is exactly me. My biggest weakness would have to be long rocky/rooty climbs. I just can't seem to keep my momentum going, and I always hop off and walk it.
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    Round, banked curves on descents. I just suck at them. I either brake so hard that I skid and crawl around them or I carry too much speed, tilt the bike wrong, and wash out the front wheel.

    I rock these things while climbing. Climbing has always been my strength and I can climb a tight curve like nobody's business. I just can't descend it.

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    Not trusting myself or my bike when it counts.

    Some days, I'm superwoman; others, I can't seem to do the simplest of things. Some days I trust myself and I can do anything. Other days, I just can't seem to pull it together.

    That's the biggest weakness: doubt. And doubt can hurt pretty badly if it creeps up right in the midst of a steep rock garden.

    Gotta work on that.

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    My inability to control my frustration over the weather. I WANNA' RIDE IN NICE WEATHER, DAMMIT!

    I know, I know, my good weather riding days will come. BUT HURRY THE PHUCK UP ALREADY!

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    my diet, its hard to afford the calories burnt....

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    what is your greatest weakness as a rider?

    Manuals and skinnies...

    Manuals I just can't seem to do. Skinnies - I can't keep a straight enough line in really skinny ones and biff it.

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    At the beginning of my ride my 3L hydration pack weighs me down and I can't hop as well and be super nimble like at the end of my ride when the pack is almost empty...except then I'm too tired to even ride properly, and my technique is gone anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philbobagginz View Post
    This is exactly me. My biggest weakness would have to be long rocky/rooty climbs. I just can't seem to keep my momentum going, and I always hop off and walk it.
    I've got this problem usually until about August. That's when the mosquitos finally **** off. In my local trails the mosquitos are so bad that I can't take a break or I'll get swarmed by thousands of the little buggers. I am in a constant state of being exhausted as ****, and that would all be solved by a few five minute breaks, but no...the damn mosquitos.

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    Mine is climbing for along time, where I live we have no mountains but the hills we do have are short and steep. Basically balls out the entire climb, some are only 60 seconds but its all you got and then some trails there are one after the other, takes a toll on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocop View Post
    right hand switchbacks. Can do left no problem but right is hard for me.
    So its not just me.

    Yea I suck at skinnies and tecky pull-up and over obstacles too. It's a wonder I can ride at all.

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    what is your greatest weakness as a rider?

    Cornering.

    I seem to be getting a little more comfortable at high speed downs.


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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    My knees, if I ride too hard too many days in a row they let me know and I have to back off and hit the meds.

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    Climbing and manualing

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    mine is descending very steep, rough sections at night. going through super technical sections bring me off the bike and on to my feet as well.

    what are yours?
    #1 - Descending steep and rough sections. I got the front of my helmet caught on a big limb while sliding under a downed tree a couple years ago and my spine from the base of my skull down 3/4 th's of my back made a loud crack that someone ~10' away from me heard. I walked away from it but still hesitate on descents where the is no chance of stopping mid way down.

    #2 Large rock traversals with a high endo potential.

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    My biggest weakness is over thinking technical bits and not just going for it. When I have confidence and trust in my line, I rarely ever fall. But when I second guess myself, I either fall or end up walking a section that I could have made.

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    Steep uphill rock gardens.

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    Descending at high speeds, and cornering at speed. I also cannot bunny hop. Left sided exposure freaks me out, but I've become better at handling it.

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    Climbing, fitness and keeping on with the pedaling. I was pretty inactive for many years before taking up the bike again last year, and it feels like all the guys I ride with are lifelong athletes. I was an indoor kid. I didn't play sports. I didn't do any of that stuff, and I have zero natural athletic ability. I ride my bike because it's fun, but I constantly feel like I'm playing catch up with all but a few riders.

    I am getting better though. Of course, so is everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    Climbing, fitness and keeping on with the pedaling. I was pretty inactive for many years before taking up the bike again last year, and it feels like all the guys I ride with are lifelong athletes. I was an indoor kid. I didn't play sports. I didn't do any of that stuff, and I have zero natural athletic ability. I ride my bike because it's fun, but I constantly feel like I'm playing catch up with all but a few riders.

    I am getting better though. Of course, so is everyone else.
    mine is waiting for Mr Quint at trailheads
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    Climbing long and steep inclines....Just got back from riding in Arkansas and those climbs were brutal (coming from northern Missouri)...really showed me how out of shape I was...but going down was sweeter than Aunt B's apple pie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy29er View Post
    mine is waiting for Mr Quint at trailheads
    You will rue this day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    Manuals and skinnies...

    Manuals I just can't seem to do. Skinnies - I can't keep a straight enough line in really skinny ones and biff it.
    When riding the skinnies, where are your eyes focused? My guess is that you're looking just a few feet ahead of your front wheel . . . . if so, try looking 20-25 feet up the trail instead. This made a HUGE difference in my riding, both for riding the narrows as well as general descending.

    My greatest weakness is for sure climbing, particularly technical climbing.
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    heights. im terrified of heights. it keeps me off some trails.

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    Getting the balls to do some larger hucks. Anything that isn't a table, and is over 5 bike lengths scares me.

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    Climbing rocky trails... Pedal timing.. cornering.. getting my bike over obstacles.. general trail riding.. actually.. general riding

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