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    Is there a section here on a website elsewhere that describes techniques of how to ride in certain scenarios and situations? For example, what is the proper way to climb or descend, or how do you clear certain obstacles correctly? I'd like to know what to do before I hit the trails so I don't kill myself.

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    How about a book ?

    http://googleads.sgdoubleclick.net/p...2Bmtb%2Bskills

    Otherwise you have to search for individual threads .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb
    Is there a section here on a website elsewhere that describes techniques of how to ride in certain scenarios and situations? For example, what is the proper way to climb or descend, or how do you clear certain obstacles correctly? I'd like to know what to do before I hit the trails so I don't kill myself.

    Books are fine, websites too.....your best bet is to ride with other people....my other bit of advice would be to stick to platforms until you no longer have to worry about "killing yourself"

    Although it is possible to learn to ride technical trails on clipless (I did) I wish someone had told me back then to begin with a good set of platforms and non-skid shoes...it would have saved me lots of road-rash, OTB's, and possibly a broken ankle....

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara
    Books are fine, websites too.....your best bet is to ride with other people....my other bit of advice would be to stick to platforms until you no longer have to worry about "killing yourself"

    Although it is possible to learn to ride technical trails on clipless (I did) I wish someone had told me back then to begin with a good set of platforms and non-skid shoes...it would have saved me lots of road-rash, OTB's, and possibly a broken ankle....

    But look at all the character building ................... Broken ankle sucks though................

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    When beginning if you think you might crash....get off and walk.

    Works damn near every time...

    Once out on the trails....follow or stop and watch good riders...then imitate them.

    Unless of course you think you might crash.

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    Thanks for all the links guys, I'm checking them out now.

    I'm on clipless pedals now, but mostly because my bike came with them when I bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
    the search on this site is anything but your friend I'm afraid ... try here
    I live in NC so this doesn't help me since it's in CA

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    Ride ride ride. Oh and ride some more. Try to stay relaxed and breathe. Always look ahead on the trail at all times.

    Oh for the love of god if someone is climbing a hill. Stop and let them finish before you bomb down said hill..

    Tails

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    So true. +1

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    I've been looking around the LeeLikesBikes site for a while, but I can't find a section or articles on techniques. Luckily, when I move to Denver next summer I can attend one of Lee's classes, but I'd like to get in better shape so I'm not winded after 20 seconds of hammering.

    I've only been riding the bike for a few months on pavement since it's been years since I've ridden a bike. I'm still getting used to the clipless pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara
    .....your best bet is to ride with other people....
    That is good advice.

    The only thing is, you need to find someone who is willing to ride at a pace that you can keep up with. We have weekly newbie/easy rides in town, so new people get to see how it is done and the experienced guys get to do a recovery ride.

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    I have Mastering Mountain Bike Skills - 2nd Edition.

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    ride, crash, repeat. imo the best way to learn. you can read all you want but you need to actually do it to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885
    That link is dead, please repost a working link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    ride, crash, repeat. imo the best way to learn. you can read all you want but you need to actually do it to learn.
    I agree, but if I don't know what I'm doing wrong how do I know what to do right? I'm a complete noob; I don't know the correct way to do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb
    I agree, but if I don't know what I'm doing wrong how do I know what to do right? I'm a complete noob; I don't know the correct way to do anything.
    you will know you did it wrong when you crash and know you did it right when you dont. there is no one definitive way to do something, there are guidelines but for the most part just do what feels right. everytime you do it your skills will improve abit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    you will know you did it wrong when you crash and know you did it right when you dont. there is no one definitive way to do something, there are guidelines but for the most part just do what feels right. everytime you do it your skills will improve abit.


    This , its more feel than anything .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb
    That link is dead, please repost a working link.
    Here you go
    http://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...lls-links.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    you will know you did it wrong when you crash and know you did it right when you dont. there is no one definitive way to do something, there are guidelines but for the most part just do what feels right. everytime you do it your skills will improve abit.
    True, that makes sense. It works for snowboarding, biking shouldn't be any different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superorb
    I live in NC so this doesn't help me since it's in CA
    you cant watch the videos because you are in NC ... OK, if you say so
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
    you cant watch the videos because you are in NC ... OK, if you say so
    I must've overlooked the videos section, but thanks for pointing it out. I'll watch a few of them.

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    where do you live in nc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
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    Really good videos, +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by anavrinIV
    where do you live in nc?
    Cary.

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    i was just in cary for Tour de Cure and am always up for a trip if you ever want to ride in the wilmington area lmk i would be more than happy to help out and teach what i know and there are alot of good trails around you check out trianglemtb.com and they might do a group ride and help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggoofy1
    i was just in cary for Tour de Cure and am always up for a trip if you ever want to ride in the wilmington area lmk i would be more than happy to help out and teach what i know and there are alot of good trails around you check out trianglemtb.com and they might do a group ride and help you out.
    That would be great! I'm actually going to Wilmington and Myrtle Beach this weekend, but I won't have my MTB with us.

    Do you ever ride the MTB trails in the Triangle?

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    from time to time yes i have ridden legends park in clayton a few times and me and my local sorba chapter are riding FATS this weekend. just pm me and lmk im always up for meeting new people and helping grow the sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggoofy1
    from time to time yes i have ridden legends park in clayton a few times and me and my local sorba chapter are riding FATS this weekend. just pm me and lmk im always up for meeting new people and helping grow the sport

    Legends park vid
    I appreciate the offer. I still need to get a helmet before I start doing any non-paved trails. I tried my snowboard helmet but there's not enough ventilation so I'll need to find a bike helmet. Let me know the next time you're going to be in the Triangle though.

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    get with Dave at the raliegh Trek Store he is a great guy and can help you find a good helmet that fits right.

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