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    Why do I get so stiff?

    Why do I get so stiff in the corners? I do nothing but nearly freeze up, barely turn my bars and don't lay the bike into the turn. Why do I get this way and how can I prevent it?

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    Best thread title ever.

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    i feel the same way about corners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWVDubya
    Why do I get so stiff in the corners? I do nothing but nearly freeze up, barely turn my bars and don't lay the bike into the turn. Why do I get this way and how can I prevent it?
    Bong hit will limber you right up...

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    LMAO! hahahaha!

    i usually just throw myself into the turn... but that was on my XC bike...
    the way i do it is: i tell myself "JUST DO IT YOU FOOL!"

    i still can't figure out why i can't turn right very well though

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    Sounds like you need to go to a corner, and play for a while. Ride in really really slowly so that you think "that was just pointless, I can go heaps faster". and build yourself up from there. You'll get better in no time if you just go hit the same corner over and over for a while. Don't run into it fast, just slow, and make friends with the corner before you destroy it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntled
    Sounds like you need to go to a corner, and play for a while. Ride in really really slowly so that you think "that was just pointless, I can go heaps faster". and build yourself up from there. You'll get better in no time if you just go hit the same corner over and over for a while. Don't run into it fast, just slow, and make friends with the corner before you destroy it
    Thanks for the tip.

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    Hey B, you should try to get some time in on a pump track. Riding those tight corners will really help polish your technique without requiring a ton of speed (and the consequences that come with it).
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    yeah I second the pump track.

    My riding in general only started to improve once I spent some time at dirt jumps and pump tracks.

    same thing with getting stiff in the air. Can be fixed by working with dirt jumps.

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    equipment-
    cockpit too cramped/open preventing you from shifting your weight around properly
    handlebars so wide your normal range of motion is less than the trails
    your fork sucks and you're holding on for dear life
    ergonomics that force you to lean on your handlebars all the time.

    psychological-
    relax, have a safety break, and get yourself in the right frame of mind
    let your body feel the edge of traction
    find a loose corner with a safe runout and intentionally understeer a few times

    skills-
    brake before the turn, can't stop and turn at the same time
    slow down a little bit more than you absolutely need, better to pump your way through than scrub
    lean forward and get that front wheel to bite
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    All that is good advice scottzg, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kipdrunner
    Best thread title ever.
    LMFAO hahahahaha

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    One thing that helped me this season was to tilt my head into the turn instead of trying to keep my sight parallel with the ground. This seems to help lead your body into the turn.

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    Practice makes perfect. I've found this drill to be pretty helpful for concentrating on form.

    http://www.leelikesbikes.com/videos-...ive-paces.html

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    Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to take all them into consideration and do my best

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexJK
    i still can't figure out why i can't turn right very well though
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    Bravo 1440Brad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWVDubya
    Why do I get so stiff
    Thats what she said?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntled
    Sounds like you need to go to a corner, and play for a while. Ride in really really slowly so that you think "that was just pointless, I can go heaps faster". and build yourself up from there. You'll get better in no time if you just go hit the same corner over and over for a while. Don't run into it fast, just slow, and make friends with the corner before you destroy it

    yep just go slow and then faster AND FASTER
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1440Brad
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    What the guys said above, and go easy on the blue stuff
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    Bend your elbows, look ahead. Those two things will help a ton.
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    Take a few "bullets out of the chamber", so to speak, before you ride... Works on the first few dates, er, rides...then you have to commit...to the turn of course!
    This won't hurt a bit...

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    Get yourself an XC bike, find a bermed corner (VERY bermed, a lot of area to "pick your line" if you will ... but still a sharp corner), ride it over and over faster and faster ... you'll either jump off the top of the berm or learn to lean .

    A friend of mine had the same problem, it was quite the problem when I brought him up the lifts at Whistler. We ended up spending a lot of time out in the "skills park" at the bottom teaching him how to turn.

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    get the "fluidride: like a pro" dvd and do what simon says....
    link - http://fluidride.com/

    buy sports marker cones and make different corners to practice.....
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    http://www.amazon.com/World-Sport-Di...4806859&sr=8-3

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    I don't really have problems in corners but sometimes I will feel stiff and awkward in general. What works for me is to slow down and try to find the flow. Once I feel the flow the speed will come back naturally. Stop, shake out your limbs and relax a bit if you have to.

    I was having a really off day not too long ago. I decided it was going to be a day of cruiser runs off the back. I was pretty surprised when I caught my buddies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg


    brake before the turn, can't stop and turn at the same time
    slow down a little bit more than you absolutely need, better to pump your way through than scrub
    lean forward and get that front wheel to bite
    Probably the two most important things I've learned/learning to trust.

    1- When you brake in a turn (even feathering) you make the bike want to straighten out. The
    more you brake, the more the bike wants to go straight. So even if you're going into a turn too
    fast, you can't brake once you've started the turn. If you do you will either wash the tire you're
    braking hardest on or have the least amount of weight or you will go over the berm.

    If you don't brake you have a much better chance of making the turn.

    2- Weight distribution is key. I still have a hard time trusting that the tire I put the most weight
    on will be the one NOT to wash out if I'm going too fast. I think this is where I get into the most
    trouble with berms, is when I get tired and I can no longer push into the turn with my arms
    so my front starts to wash, I over steer and wash more, and so on.

    I park (DJ/pump track/dh park like Whistler) helps so much because you can get repetitions
    of what you're trying to master (berms, jumps or nasty rock gardens).

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