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List the riding skills you want to work on this season!

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  1. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    After years of XC riding I started to get a little bored. Last year, I picked up a dedicated DH rig, and this winter I built up a DJ rig after not riding jumps since I was a teen... I started to think about the riding skills that I have had in the past and not practiced, or riding skills that I have admired others for, and started actually make a list of things I want to re-learn or just plain get better at!

    my list includes but is not limited to...

    manuals (since I am only ok at wheelies practicing that as well) but pedal wheelies are not as important a skill in my eyes as being able to manual is!

    in general street/park riding. (now that I have the rig for it)

    jumping in general and with more style, flow, and amplitude!

    things like skinnies etc. are a given!

    this should be a great year with tons of fun riding and new sets of goals! What is on your list for this season?

    Oh... and I guess staying in 1 piece would be great as well! :twitch:
     

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  2. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Less brakes.
     
  3. r464

    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills
     
  4. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    & better cornering.
     
  5. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    Same as last year-faster cornering.
     
  6. Willy Vanilly

    Willy Vanilly Monkey

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    More comfortable in the air.

    Faster cornering.

    More flow.
     
  7. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    True. I guess if I increase my speed through less braking, I will eventually need to lean how to corner.
     
  8. Wingnut

    Wingnut Turbo Monkey

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    1. Endurance.
    2. Balance.
    3. Finding more time to ride.
     
  9. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    I just want to try and ride more. Simple as that. I did not ride nearly enough last year.
     
  10. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    Judging by the size of the potholes created this winter, bunny hopping.
     
  11. ridiculous

    ridiculous Turbo Monkey

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    comfort in the air
    brake later
    pedal pedal pedal pedal!
     
  12. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I want to make a conscious effort to increase my speed and endurance.

    Everything else I want to improve on (balance, freeride skills) will get worked naturally as long as I get off my ass and ride my bike.
     
  13. ridiculous

    ridiculous Turbo Monkey

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    i hear that.
     
  14. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    Loose conditions cornering - drifts.

    Jumping. Especially jumping. I'm sh1t.
     
  15. Anders

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    basic trials moves. i got the bike so no more excuses now

    for road biking i guess i want better high speed endurance
     
  16. hardtailpride

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    Learning the think outside the box when picking lines.

    Flat cornering.

    Quicker corner to corner transitions.

    Sprinting.

    Manualing.

    Good thing I have a pump track now ; )
     
  17. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Ride 200km.
     
  18. SK6

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    Endurance.
    Air
    Cornering
     
  19. Echo

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    I'm gonna concentrate on developing an ability to not impale my face on large branches.
     
  20. SilentJ

    SilentJ trail builder

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    :stupid:

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  21. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    -Anaerobic endurance
    -Muuuust resiiiist tapping the brakes in a corner
    -Brake hard before the corner so I DONT tap during
     
  22. stosh

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    I just want to ride, if I get to ride enough to feel like my bike isn't a wasted of space in the basement I'll be uber happy.
     
  23. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    More XC, less DH/FR/Trail. The new XC bike should help with that. ;)
     
  24. urbaindk

    urbaindk The Real Dr. Science

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    aerobic fitness. (endurance)
    comfort in the air.
    I worked on cornering a lot last year, I got pretty decent in flat turns, at least noticed a lot of improvement. This year I want to work on berms.
     
  25. Broken_Spoke

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    Dropping
    Cornering
    Never stop pedaling

    I still haven't gotten over my fear of dirt jumps ever since landing on my head a couple summers ago so I guess that will be another thing to work on.
     
  26. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    -Looking bad-ass.

    -Going faster.

    -Not getting run over (commuting)

    -Wrenching. (i will be building my cx bike up finally)
     
  27. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    This too.

     
  28. reflux

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    I harbor illusions about being able to bunnyhop into a compact pickup truck bed. That would be sahweet.
     
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    Ditto. Any event I enter in, I'd like to at least be a mid-pack finisher, if not better. I'd also like to get over my "fear" of night riding so I can put in some laps during the Payson Stampede (or any other 24hour I do). I'd like to be able to hang ride with some of the roadies I train with for more than 10 yards, like maybe 100 yards?!?!

    Other than that, just getting out to lose weight and strengthen my heart will be a plus.
     
  30. ridiculous

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    apply for a job up here and be my roommate :lighten:
     
  31. amateur

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    Ride more-especially dirt.
     
  32. Full Trucker

    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    The skills I would like to improve this year, in order, are:

    1. Cornering
    2. Cornering
    3. Fitness
    4. Jumping
    5. Cornering
     
  33. Westy

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    I must be the only person happy with my cornering.

    Same thing as every year, steep technical rock gardens, not nose diving when getting airborn and steep sharp switchbacks. Of course like every year I will not get any better at them.
     
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    Manuals, Fakie, Jumping..... and of course, More Fast.
     
  35. MTBstud12

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    1. Cornering
    2. Less brake
    3. Ability in the sand (theres plenty on the trails here)
    4. Flow (through rooty and/or rocky sections)
    5. Confidence
     
  36. cadmus

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    I'm going to work on not worrying about others feelings and calling them a pvssy when they're being a pvssy

    oh, and cornering.
     
  37. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    -Cornering, particularly drifting high speed loose sweepers.
    -Jumping, both confidance to hit bigger stuff, and throwing the bike around better in the air.
     
  38. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Doggy style with the foot on the side of the head. So many great ideas on the internet.
     
  39. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    Only a pvssy would need to make that a specific goal. Pvssy.
     
  40. SlapheadMofo

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    I want the trails I build this year to be even more funner than the trails I built last year. And I'd like to be able to do a pop-a-wheelie for more than a few pedal strokes.