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  1. #1
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    Ridin' Strenghts and Weaknesses... what are yours?

    I was ... ur, nevermind... but it came this question to my mind...

    My Riding Strenghts
    - Pedaling over rough
    - Braking (proper braking had saved my bacon lots of times)
    - Pedaling light downslopes, especially with twisting turns

    My Riding Weaknesses (Pretty much all not included above)
    - Climbing
    - Descending
    - Jumping (the day my tires see some air, the sky is going to crumble over us)
    - Singletrack (I SUCK big time there)
    - Any other aspect of riding - I tend to ram thru things instead of actually riding over them.

    So, what are yours, people??
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    Now with 3 more inches!
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    Strengths: Falling off - I seem to have that one down.

    Weaknesses: Staying on - still some work to do there.

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    Drinker w/ Riding Problem
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    Strengths: Strong Legs

    Weaknesses: Fat and Slow

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    umm strengths:
    riding trail
    mud


    weaknesses:
    vertical (bunny) hop. i suck here.
    big air/drops
    tricky stuff-manuals, endos, crap like that.

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    bacon up that sausage
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    Strength: Walking my bike
    Weakness: Beer,donuts and bacon. Makes the hills harder.

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    I am a riding icon (move over Lance)

    except for climbing, endurance, balance, skill, and maybe 10-12 other small things.

    Jim

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    Nice idea, Warp.

    Strength - being brave enough to tackle anything that comes my way (within reason - i'm on a XC/trail bike afterall). I feel comfortable with my abilities and that of my bike. I guess that would be my confidence, in a nut shell.

    Weakness - technical climbing and long climbs. Technical climbing because i'm still tweaking bike and rider set-up. Long climbs because of (cough cough) smoking.

    I can't help but feel that i've done pretty well for myself this year being off the bike for sooooo long. I'm very happy with my progress this year. I think next year is going to be AWESOME!
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    I like bacon too.

    Strengths:
    hmmm...well, there is um, I think I pedal pretty good.
    I go DH fast, can dice with Experts
    I wash my bike pretty well
    corners

    Weakness:

    Drops over, say 2 and 1/2 feet...unless I am racing.
    wheelies
    deciding whether to go with clips or flats. I switch and it is killing me.

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    Strength: I will get there.
    Since the metal leg part - I’m slow - but keep going, and going, and going….

    Weakness: Tire 'ho
    Still riding on worn out stuff because I can’t seem to decide what to replace them with.
    (Well, I actually decided, but that 2004 Christmas present didn't come through, so I had to start all over again.)



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    strengths - my mental fortitude to keep going...i love long brutal rides
    route finding, i always know where i am going
    technical riding (a relative strength)
    descending in general, i am usually faster than everyone on a similiar bike
    weaknesses - hucking, but havent had many chances
    my mental blocks, you know when you crash at a certain spot and it takes you forever to try again
    i'm slow, but steady uphill
    mechanic stuff i aint too good at
    BBZ

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    Trail rider and racer
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    Strengths
    - Climbing majority of stuff (unless super steep windy single or half track)
    - General handling ability
    - Endurance
    - Doing stupid things
    - Taking the easy way out
    - Having a good time no matter the ride or terrain

    Weaknesses
    - Downhill aggression
    - Air
    - Lacking finesse (Not all the time but the type of finesse that seperates the men from the boys)
    - Overly tricky stuff where you need some guts to get going (There is an old waterfall with steps and stuff, rocks all over the place, I have always wanted to do it, but the entry into it scares me like mad - and I anticipate breaking something (not the bike me )
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    Strengths: Bike Handling
    Single Track Descending
    Strong Upper and Lower Body
    High Threshold for Pain
    Endurance

    Weaknesses: Slow Climber
    Beer
    Bar-B-Que
    Mexican Food
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    Strengths
    -Climbing and pedalling over rocky/tech terrain
    -Bunny hopping
    -Fast aggressive lines on the way down
    -Taking time to enjoy the scenery
    -Endurance?

    Weaknesses
    -slow climber. Doesn't really matter what bike I am on. I am not fast at all
    -Dirt jumps
    -Hucking to blind landings
    -maintaining an efficient cadence on long rides
    -Balance in certain situations

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    Silence! I kill you!
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    Strengths
    Getting off the bike when I'm about to crash
    Long climbs
    Semi-technical climbs
    Fast smooth descents
    Rocky downhills

    Weaknesses
    Jumps
    Stunts
    Gettin the guts to do more freeride drops & stuff
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    Strengths:
    Climbing (I can climb all day long)
    High pedal cadence
    Endurance (it can be better, but I wouldn't call it a weakness)
    Bike handling(with the exception of bunnyhopping and wheelies)
    Strong legs

    Weaknesses:
    The aforementioned bunnyhopping and wheelies
    This is my biggest weakness- Technical riding (rocks, steps, ledges, etc)
    That which does not kill me, postpones the inevitable.

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    hmmm...

    Strengths:
    I am an absolute, irrefutable, Mt. Biking GOD!
    I clean everything, and climb 5.12 pitches in my big ring!
    I wheelie dropped the Grand Canyon once, and was bored! Bwahhaahaa!

    Weaknesses:

    I am totally and completely delusional!
    But man, do I have a good time....
    "We LOVE cows! They make trails for us.....

    And then we eat them."

    Thrill Bikers Unite!

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    Holy Carp...

    had to read a post or 2 below to finger out what the reference to bacon was. Jim - master bacon figer outer

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    I can help

    Wait, no I can't ...but since I was a kid, I sucked at endurance, regardless of sport. Fleet of foot, faster'n Superman in the 100 yard dash, but no staying stamina for longer runs of long hikes or canoe portages or whatever. So that's my avatar, tortoise and the hare. However, I do employ whatever technology I can find to cheat, I mean 'help',me to climb and endure for rides with normal folks.

    ...but I can descend fairly quickly as long as most trees get the he// outta the way.

    Jim

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    Strengths:

    Stubbornness (good for long, moderate rides)
    Common sense (takes me forever to try stuff, hence no broken bones....yet)
    Track stands (improving)
    Good overall health (no allergies, immune to poison ivy, no nagging injuries, etc.)
    Reliable equipment (bike, light)

    Weaknesses:

    Wheelies/drops
    Steep rollers (freaky at first)
    Over-braking
    Fast cornering (see above)
    Overcoming psychologically from a crash
    No health insurance (adds to fear)
    Weak repair skills
    Appetite (could never eat like a pro- f that sh!t)
    "We sat outside the dentist, tooting a horn on the guy's bike."-overheard in the Underground

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    Bike to the Bone...
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    Strenghts:
    - Fun factor.
    - Climbing.... slow but sure.

    Weakness:
    - I'm slooow
    - Hucks and such
    - Technical stuff

    I like to improve, though, so I try to better my technical riding, I'm trying to learn small drops (my front wheel likes to go kamikazee, though)

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    Cool thread...


    Strengths:
    - Downhill
    - Single track; especially if it's fast- I lvoe opening up and letting fly.
    - Endurance; getting better at it...
    - Bike Building; I love high quality stuff- that will eat holes in your wallet
    - Tech Skills; Not bad, I tend to bomb everything which seems to work.


    In Between...
    - Climbing


    Weaknesses
    - Jumping, I always get sketchy
    - Cliffs edge riding...
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    Trail rider and racer
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    Quote Originally Posted by CulBaire
    Cool thread...
    Weaknesses
    - Cliffs edge riding...
    Hey I agree. There is a lovely local ride that is on the edge literally all the way and quite tight with a nasty drop off. I can never go too fast yet some people fly down it. I have no idea if they have no fear, too much confidence or don't care. Me I worry too much.
    Trev!

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    Thanks, people !!!

    Keep it coming! I'm learning a bit about each one of you. Kind of know you better.
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    Strengths:
    Sprinting
    Climbing
    Descending
    Endurance/Perserverance
    Man Boobs?

    Weaknesses:
    Huge Airs
    Breaking bike(s) constantly
    IFELL (rare, but always make it count for the times I should have fallen)
    Fride lung (not my fault)

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    ... and if we just ...

    Wow, nice topic.

    Strengths (AKA attributes I'm okay with):

    Singletrack descending speed
    Technical ascending/descending
    Switchbacks
    In-saddle acceleration
    High-intensity output (rides under 2 hours)
    Wrenching

    Weaknesses (AKA attributes I'd rather improve):

    "Hucking" (as opposed to rolling, >2-3 feet, fairly horrific at this)
    Out-of-saddle hammering
    Fireroad descending speed
    Sustained output (rides over 2 hours)

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    Strengths and weaknesses

    Strengths: Plowing over babyheads with reckless abandon (so long as I'm on level ground)
    Making sure I have enough food in my pack so that I don't EVER bonk
    again
    Attempting something new each ride

    Weaknesses: Climbs
    Climbing
    Going up steep hills of any length or incline
    Did I mention climbing?
    I bail too often when I should just let the bike do it's job
    Endurance

    That's my list. Thanks for sharing, everyone.

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    Strengths:

    1. I am in decent shape (just ran a marathon and work out constantly)
    2. I have decent technical skills (for XC riding)
    3. I have decent out of saddle hammering capabilities (ready for the SS experience)
    4. I love biking and working out

    Weaknesses:

    1. Fear of injury (I am often nervous before rides since I tend to let it all hang out)
    2. Not built for endurance, despite my marathon running (I am a former bodybuilder)
    3. Fear of heights. Biking at the edge of anything steep is hard. Skiing steeps is very hard.
    My rides:
    Lynskey Ti Pro29 SS
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    Strengths: Really jazzed to go ride
    Weaknesses: No time to ride

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    I only look out of one eye because I'm legally blind in the other one... Does wonders for depth perception. Only really affects me when going fast on singletrack with rocks though... Just adds to the challenge really.

    Strengths:
    Climbing technical stuff
    Short Middle Ring Ascents
    Technical descents

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    Strengths (limited, since I'm a newbie):
    -I will try most anything on a trail at least once
    -endurance
    -stubborness and mental focus to keep pushing when the body is screaming for a break

    Weaknesses:
    -I will try most anything on a trail at least once
    -techncal climbs
    -hammering out of the saddle (can't get the forward/rear weight balance thing down - how do you guys do it???)
    -steep, rocky descents (still a bit tentative)

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    Strengths:
    Relatively whine-free
    picking lines
    climbing (when I'm feeling ornery)
    Roots & Rocks

    Weaknesses:
    Fitness
    Confidence on technical and/or extremely steep descents
    Fitness
    Mechanical aptitude
    Fitness
    Lack of time/opportunity to work on skills
    Fitness
    Climbing (when I'm not feeling ornery)
    Fitness
    I be slooooooowwwww!
    Fitness

  32. #32
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    Strengths:

    patience (riding with wife requires this)
    attitude (i don't let anything get me down, i keep going injured, bleeding etc)
    bike handling
    wrenching
    power
    going down

    Weaknesses

    endurance (long grinding climbs are a weakness but i am working very hard at that)
    bike handling (sometimes i take pretty big spills due to overconfidence)
    fear of heights (exposure and narrow places with extreme drops, dates back to falling 3 stories out of a tree when i was 9, never climbed another tree)
    going up

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    strengths:
    climbing as long as its not rediculously technical.
    weaknesses:
    everything else

    id do best in a race that was just fireroad up a mountain

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    They cancel each other out

    Strengths;
    long or technical climbs
    hairpins/switchbacks up
    strong finish
    patience

    weaknesses:
    hairpins/switchbacks down
    slow starts
    very technical downs
    high speed loose downs

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    Well... I see some of you are describing yourselves further more and giving not only your technical pro/cons but also you mental/attitude ones....

    Here are mine:
    Weaknesses
    - I don't push my limits too much
    - Takes me long to learn a trail
    - Takes me long to get confidence on my bike again after a hiatus
    - I get lost easily
    - Poor endurance

    Strenghts
    - Neverending willingness to ride and keep going
    - I know when to back off
    - I know where my limits are at (I have a sixth sense for those situations where you know 'it's gonna hurt')
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    Weaknesses
    Tight steep hairpins (especially downhill with rocks or waterbars in the middle)
    Long steep fireroad climbs (boring too)
    Racing (just not competitive enough for the most part, takes the fun out)
    Big drops/air
    Wheelies (but I keep trying)
    Age
    Buying more bikes/gear

    Strengths
    All-day endurance/pacing myself
    Knowing my limits (i.e. when to hike a bike)
    Technical singletrack
    Wrenching
    Gravity assisted riding
    Finding cool places to ride and cool people to ride with (this one's probably more just being fortunate than a strength, but definitely on the positive side of the equation)
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    strenghts:
    Endurance
    Climbing
    Having fun

    weaknesses:
    very steep stuff
    descending on loose terrain
    jumps

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    Strength...
    Well I always have a good time.
    Technical stuff

    Weakness...
    Endurance
    Climbing
    Wheelies
    Hops
    Slow

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    Strengths:
    balence
    endos
    drops
    downhill
    meduim freeride
    flowing
    jumping

    Weaknesses:
    going up the damn hill.

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    Neat idea...
    Strengths... I can conquer anything, go anywhere and jump anything.

    Weakness...Believing I can do all of the above.

    Plus not realizing I am not as young as I used to be.

    Still good at technical things, bike handling etc...just much slower.

    My signature says it all.
    Andy
    ...I go downhill like a falling safe...and climb like I'm dragging one.

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    Mine...

    Strengths:
    Climbing
    Technical ups or downs
    Finding time to ride
    Remembering the turns
    Riding through water
    Fixing mechanical stuff

    Weaknesses:
    "letting it go" on the downhills
    Hucking (don't have the bike for it - but I don't have the guts either)
    "Commiting" when approaching a stunt
    Good beer

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    One strength:

    Hairpin switchbacks to the left...I nail these every time. I can even do endo turns on a good day.

    One weakness:

    Hairpin switchbacks to the right...imagine an equilibrium challenged circus bear riding a 16" bike with one foot clipped in and the other one flailing around in mid air...that's pretty close to what I look like on these.

    I guess I'm a lefty...can't go right...someday hopefully...
    I'm what Willis was talkin' about

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    strengths
    - climbing
    - endurance
    - navigation

    weaknesses
    - descending on any offroad surface ... i'm an extreme wuss
    - balance on tight trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy_luv
    Strength: Walking my bike
    Weakness: Beer,donuts and bacon. Makes the hills harder.
    too funny

    strength good DH shuttle skills
    weakness pedaling up hill, doubles and gaps
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Strengths

    Nobody stinks up a jersey or a pair of gloves better than Me

    Sweating - I am a poster child for the persperation League of America

    Helmet milking - Related to sweating, but I can milk my helmet like there's no tomorrow.

    Weaknesses

    Anything to do with playing well with others

    Anything to do with having a bike between my legs

    cookies

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    Great threat:

    Strength:
    I know my limits
    I work on the stuff I can’t do, but want to do/be better at (cornering, jumps, technical climbs)
    I like challenges
    Pedaling (since I got a road bike)
    Go slow on a new trail and am not too proud to walk


    Weakness:
    Most technical stuff (can’t do a wheelie e.g.)
    Picking lines
    Endurance on long climbs (usually start too fast)

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    Strenths:
    Endurance (getting better with age & exp)
    Technical ability (Santa Barbara frontcountry has taught me a thing or two)
    Mechanical aptitude (knowledge of equipment & adjustments)
    Braking (pushing the front to the limit & bringing it back once beyond)
    Descending (within sane limits)
    Balance
    Dropoffs 3ft & under
    Singletrack
    Drifting (oh what a sweet feeling & the only thing fireroads are good for)
    Overcoming desire to rip to stay back and provide support

    Weaknesses:
    Lungs (smoked for too long)
    Recovery from short hard efforts (often need a minute after steep climbing sections)
    Perspiration: (must be a Wisconsin thing, or has Lakeraven got Oneida blood?)
    Fear & commitment (inspired by previous mis-deeds & mis-calculations)
    Beer & American food.
    Bunnyhopping w/o clips
    Wheelies (can't hold em for long)
    Jumps (pronounced lips freak me out as do doubles)
    Tolerance for cold (or lack thereof)
    Navigation (when in doubt, don't follow me)

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    Strengths:
    Endurance
    Having a blast downhilling at ski resorts
    Yielding to uphill and downhill user

    Weaknesses:
    Slow
    Getting any type of air
    Trackstands
    Technical terrain
    Climbing

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    Good post

    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    I was ... ur, nevermind... but it came this question to my mind...

    My Riding Strenghts
    - Pedaling over rough
    - Braking (proper braking had saved my bacon lots of times)
    - Pedaling light downslopes, especially with twisting turns

    My Riding Weaknesses (Pretty much all not included above)
    - Climbing
    - Descending
    - Jumping (the day my tires see some air, the sky is going to crumble over us)
    - Singletrack (I SUCK big time there)
    - Any other aspect of riding - I tend to ram thru things instead of actually riding over them.

    So, what are yours, people??
    Keeping in mind this is all of the XC variety, if measured from a freeride perspective, I would not measure up!

    STRENGTHS:
    Technical Climbing up ledges and rock step ups, steep chutes, squared edged rocks, narrow lines, loose rock.
    Smooth, somewhat fast descending (I have to get a bit uncomfortable sometimes to keep up with some of my XC riding buddies here in Idaho)
    Small drops or wheelie drops to flat (so far up to about 5 feet maybe a bit bigger)
    Power wheelies, especially easy on a slight uphill
    Riding switchbacks up or down
    Trackstands
    Hops in place, around, or side to side
    riding backwards for a bit
    Relatively decent/good technical rider

    WEAKNESSES:
    Braking technique - too much braking still
    High Speed fireroad cornering - still "afraid" to really experiment and let it rip on loose fireroad corners unless unclip
    Cannot hold a manual
    Getting air overall, I probably still look too stiff in the air-would like to loosen up, get more comfortable in the air
    Vision patterns - still probably looking at my front wheel when should be looking ahead
    (I conscientiously correct this and find myself descending way faster and smoother)
    Extended Climbing/Fitness - I am a relatively slow climber

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    strengths:
    going down fairly high speed fire roads
    crashing
    singletrack riding
    always having fun out on the trail

    weaknesses:
    top of the list is climbing, i don't have the lungs to do it. damn asthma!!
    speed, i need to work on riding a lot faster
    technical riding, hoping to work on this more and more

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    Strengths:
    - Descending
    - Confidence on new drops / tech. lines
    - Trail directions/routes - usually can remember a trail after one ride
    - high speed braking (8" rotors probably are the reason here)
    - bunny hops (no Ryan Leech, but can hold my own)
    - jumps, stepdown / stepups, gaps
    - flow (just started to better understand this the past few years).

    Weaknesses:
    - Climbing
    - Beer AND bacon
    - Confidence on new drops / tech. lines (a double edged sword)
    - Manuals
    - Tight right handed switchbacks
    - Trackstands (been practicing these more and more)
    - wall rides (need to commit with my lower shoulder)

    Chers,
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    strenthgs:
    inability to quit
    climbing
    fairly fast (or so I've been told)

    middle:
    descending
    technical climbs

    weaknesses:
    start too fast
    too much excess cargo in the form of stored carbohydrates
    love of a good buffalo sandwich and beer after rides
    oh, and a 30lb bike (time to upgrade)

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    I don't know if I'd call them weaknesses, I'd call the opportunities for improvement. If you say you're bad at something, you're going to have to work 10x as hard convincing yourself you're not. So many of us say that confidence in riding is key, and yet we'll sit here and enumerate the things we think we can't do well, tearing down our confidence and reinforcing the ideas we have that we can't do something well. Screw that. I have many strengths, and I have opportunities for improvement, and I have a PLAN for making those improvements. The other thing I don't have is excuses. Success and improvements are not built on letting yourself off the hook by rationalizing your problems. I used to not have serious endurance. Then this summer I started doing really long rides, 4-5 hours. Not fast or even hard, just riding. Now I can burn for 2 hours at race pace and not run out of gas. I used to have really abyssimal technical skills, but I took a clinic from Gene Hamlton and my technical riding has improved by leaps and bounds. How many of you guys are seriously taking advantage of your opportunities for improvement and doing something about them? If you were a basketball player and you sucked at freethrows, would you go and play full court games hoping to get a chance for free throws or would you go out and do freethrows like mad until you could swish it every time? If you have a situation that needs improving, it's not enough to just go ride, you gotta work on that particular skill. Anyone care to talk about things they're working on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mward
    I don't know if I'd call them weaknesses, I'd call the opportunities for improvement. If you say you're bad at something, you're going to have to work 10x as hard convincing yourself you're not. So many of us say that confidence in riding is key, and yet we'll sit here and enumerate the things we think we can't do well, tearing down our confidence and reinforcing the ideas we have that we can't do something well. Screw that. I have many strengths, and I have opportunities for improvement, and I have a PLAN for making those improvements. The other thing I don't have is excuses. Success and improvements are not built on letting yourself off the hook by rationalizing your problems. I used to not have serious endurance. Then this summer I started doing really long rides, 4-5 hours. Not fast or even hard, just riding. Now I can burn for 2 hours at race pace and not run out of gas. I used to have really abyssimal technical skills, but I took a clinic from Gene Hamlton and my technical riding has improved by leaps and bounds. How many of you guys are seriously taking advantage of your opportunities for improvement and doing something about them? If you were a basketball player and you sucked at freethrows, would you go and play full court games hoping to get a chance for free throws or would you go out and do freethrows like mad until you could swish it every time? If you have a situation that needs improving, it's not enough to just go ride, you gotta work on that particular skill. Anyone care to talk about things they're working on?
    I'll second that. I hired a coach to help me with my fitness and racing and also took Gene Hamilton's clinic. Both have helped me tremendously this year, and I'm really motivated to improve even more next year (and sure I still have work to do in order to get to where I want to be!). As for beer as a weakness, no way! Beer is essential to any post-mountain bike ride

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    Mine is the same thing

    My strength AND my weakness is knowing my limitations.

    Sometimes it saves me from injury, and sometimes it keeps me from accomplishment.
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    Strengths: Talking about biking online.
    Weaknesses: Riding bikes on the trail.
    Nothing left to lose, & half mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mward
    Anyone care to talk about things they're working on?

    Something I'm actively working on right now are manuals. Basically, I throw on flats and go out in a park by my house and see how long I can coast with my front end off the ground. Most folks think of manuals as a show-boaty maneuver, but they're a great way to flow undulating terrain while carrying speed. If folks watch bmx or 4x racers, these guys carry a lot of speed NOT because they're getting air, they're pumping jumps and manualing through whoops. This goes back to my quest for more flow whether it be in the bike park or riding epic singletrack.

    You make several good points. As many people can attest, after doing a sport like mt. biking for many years, it becomes easy to dismount off the bike when the hills turn too steep (up or down) or you come to a drop that looks too big, etc.....

    I think the ability to try something new during normal rides is a great way to incrementally improve one's skills, but that often depends on the people you ride with. For instance, my crew rides hard, but we aren't racing and we usually make stops to session something challenging or fun......whether that be a tough section to climb, a ladder drop, a log ride, a steep granite slab, etc. This really gives folks a chance to try something they might not have and they can have spotters (if necessary) and can get advice as well. I've ridden with other groups that just blow through that type of stuff and the folks that can't ride it just hop off their bike so they can keep going and not slow the group down.

    As you mention, a camp is a terrific way to pick up new skills, but folks often view them as too expensive - which is humorous considering how much we spend on our bikes and related gear. To quote Lance, "it's not about the bike". My gal has only been seriously biking for 4 years and she's taken 4 camps (2 in Whistler, 1 on the North Shore and 1 here in Seattle) and her bike handling skills have increased dramatically after each camp. Hell, she's now throwing out comments on rides that have even helped others in our crew.

    Cheers,
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    weakness: listening to people

    The Passionites I've ridden with are usually better or as good riders as me. But compared to the majority of riders I see on the trails, I climb better than 75% of the riders on the trail and decend better than 90%.

    Strengths:
    Endurance (although at a slow climbing pace)
    Flat and downhill speed.

    Weaknesses:
    Pain. That's one reasons I'm slow.
    Fear of falling. I rarely fall I think because when I freeze up from fear I get off and hike.

    - ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by derby
    Strengths:
    Endurance (although at a slow climbing pace)
    Flat and downhill speed.
    - ray
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    Guilty!

    Quote Originally Posted by flyingsuperpetis
    Strengths: Talking about biking online.
    Weaknesses: Riding bikes on the trail.
    I meant to go back and edit my post with similar words, but you beat me to the punch. If we'd only spend as much time on the bike as we do talking about riding.....
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    Strength:
    Coasting - I r00l at coasting

    Weakness:
    Pedaling - the only time I'm good for pedalling is when I'm in the middle of mastering my Strength

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    Odor and Ignorance

    Strengths:

    - Technical (rocks, roots, etc.) Climbing/Descending, whatever works.
    - Downhill
    - Twisty singletrack
    - Second wind riding/long, slow slogs
    - Drinking beer


    Weaknesses:

    - Fitness/Endurance
    - Sustained climbing
    - Bike Maintenance

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    Strengths and weakness, simple.
    Strength, enthusiam, love to ride.
    Weakness, No skill and have scars to prove it.

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    Strengths:
    trail etiquette
    long climbs
    singletrack downhills
    steep climbs
    good overall rider
    power/weight ratio
    sense of perspective

    Weaknesses:
    injuries that lead to fear
    wheelie drops
    bonking hard
    bigger jumps
    cold/wind
    fast starts
    self critical

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit
    Strengths:
    I am an absolute, irrefutable, Mt. Biking GOD!
    I clean everything, and climb 5.12 pitches in my big ring!
    I wheelie dropped the Grand Canyon once, and was bored! Bwahhaahaa!

    Weaknesses:

    I am totally and completely delusional!
    But man, do I have a good time....
    That's how exactly how I feel.

    I do have one other weakness though. I'm very unoriginal.
    We all get it in the end.

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    Weaknesses:

    Have gotten too good at bailing out on big log crossings.
    Endurance (need more time)
    I hop like a bunny. A bunny with three broken legs.

    Strengths:

    umm... I try real good.
    We all get it in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namrita
    I'll second that. I hired a coach to help me with my fitness and racing and also took Gene Hamilton's clinic. Both have helped me tremendously this year, and I'm really motivated to improve even more next year (and sure I still have work to do in order to get to where I want to be!). As for beer as a weakness, no way! Beer is essential to any post-mountain bike ride
    Me three. I've done Gene's DH clinic and it helped a lot. Always more to improve on though and I'd love to do another clinic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    I was ... ur, nevermind... but it came this question to my mind...

    My Riding Strenghts
    - Pedaling over rough
    - Braking (proper braking had saved my bacon lots of times)
    - Pedaling light downslopes, especially with twisting turns

    My Riding Weaknesses (Pretty much all not included above)
    - Climbing
    - Descending
    - Jumping (the day my tires see some air, the sky is going to crumble over us)
    - Singletrack (I SUCK big time there)
    - Any other aspect of riding - I tend to ram thru things instead of actually riding over them.

    So, what are yours, people??
    strengths: one handed wheelies,
    drafting buses,
    climbing up hills on my DH bike.

    weaknesses: I have hard time getting up early morning for rides;

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    strenght and weekness

    strenght - falling down (never broke a bone), braking alot on fast descends.

    Weekness- all my skills needs some work? I'm just a overweight, poser biker with an really SWEET bike (Ellsworth Truth)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    I meant to go back and edit my post with similar words, but you beat me to the punch. If we'd only spend as much time on the bike as we do talking about riding.....
    Hehe, yeah, it was either that or:

    Strengths: Walking the uphills.
    Weaknesses: Riding the downhills.
    Nothing left to lose, & half mad.

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