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    New question here. Any One had this problem when they started learning?

    Did anyone have the mental reaction of letting go of the bars when you stated biking? When I hit jumps and drops from my roof on my GT I always let go of the sled...... it also happened to me when I started riding free ride.................

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    I had the problem of never letting go. I'd be sliding across the ground holding onto the bike still!

    Don't jump off your roof...
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    ...it's just that when I'm wondering what things are like head tube, seat post, cranks, flux capacitor, SS, FS, hardtail...

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    I have the problem of not letting go too, Deadly, did you ever get over not being able to let go? im afraid its going to get me hurt some day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moosey
    I have the problem of not letting go too, Deadly, did you ever get over not being able to let go? im afraid its going to get me hurt some day...

    OT from OP's topic but I have the same problem, not sure if it's in quite the same way. Mine seems to be more on over confidence in bringing back a crashing bike. I've gotten better though. Mostly just better judgement and not over estimating one's ability.

    But this problem has hurt me. 2 Dislocated elbows, separate incidents a few years apart. Holding on until it's too late is a bad habit!
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    Might as well give the bar a spin while you're dropping

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    OMG never had that issue, so so happy I didnt
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    Thats kinda funny, one of my riding friends is always letting go of his bike. Sometimes I say "what did you do that for?" because it doesn't even look like he is crashing, he just bails randomly, hahaha! Maybe I can set him up and get video of it.

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    I see very painful faceplants into your handlebars in the future for you...

    If anything, I sometimes try to hold on for too long, but have learned that I'd rather save my own butt instead of my bike. Either way, you need to know when and when not to hold on. Knowing when to bail can save you from a lot of injuries/painful wrecks.

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    If anything I freeze up which is probably way worse than bailing without the bike. At least without the bike I can tuck and roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    If anything I freeze up which is probably way worse than bailing without the bike. At least without the bike I can tuck and roll.

    So you're a "dead sailor'er" and the OP is a "super man'er/no footer'er". You two aughta shoot some video together, it would be awesome!!

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    I had a friend ride his dirtbike to the ground. The bar end cut off his pinky. He didn't know that his finger was severed until he pulled off his glove in front of me. I was shocked and he was cool like Fonzie.

    Me: "That was a nasty spill. You ok?"
    Him: "Yeah, I'm cool." (pulling off glove) "Hmm, guess not." (pinkie dangles by thread of skin)

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    Don't jump off your roof...
    Its not that bad with the amount of snow that we have. Its probably maybe 9 to 10 feet up but with the snow, its like cut to about 5.

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    I always thought that letting go would be the first reaction.... guess I was wrong

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    You're gonna be great at no-handers if you can ever get the bike to stay with you!

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    Whenever I hit a jump off balance I freak our and hold on for dear life. Is there a way to practice bailing?

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    Funny watching someone practice that in a river jump or a foam pit. It would sound like the lamest excuse ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moosey
    Whenever I hit a jump off balance I freak our and hold on for dear life. Is there a way to practice bailing?
    Don't tense up and clinch the bars. Stay loose, look where you want to go, and ride it out.
    As long as the wheels are pointing down, you should be good.
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    when i first started jumping i would hold on to the bars but take my feet off the pedals. eventully i stopped once i realized i was clearing the gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moosey
    Whenever I hit a jump off balance I freak our and hold on for dear life. Is there a way to practice bailing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseyDeadly, did you ever get over [B
    not[/B] being able to let go?
    Oh yeah I got over it. I'm also one of those, "I can save this!" kind of guys. I still can't do no-handers though.
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    ...it's just that when I'm wondering what things are like head tube, seat post, cranks, flux capacitor, SS, FS, hardtail...

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