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Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by proanti1, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. proanti1

    proanti1 Chimp

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    okay, im not really new to the mountain bike scene, but i want to get into downhill, so i can go with the owner of the shop i hang out it. what are some good tips? (real ones, like how to jump, brake, and other stuff)

    i have a hardtail, and am getting another on monday.
     

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  2. TheMontashu

    TheMontashu Pourly Tatteued Jeu

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    ride that is all i can tell you
     
  3. boostindoubles

    boostindoubles Nacho Libre

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    well for a tip that involves jumping and braking, if your in the air and you want to bring the front end down, pull your rear brake. The braking friction of the rear wheel brings the front end down... has something to do with physics.

    other than that, have fun riding your bike man!
     
  4. beamer

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  5. RhinofromWA

    RhinofromWA Brevity R Us

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    Padding....

    LOTS of padding.

    Get protective gear because everyone who DH's is bound to fall and fall hard. It is not "IF" it is "WHEN" you will crash. Injuries aren't fun I don't care who you are! :)
     
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    Buy armor and a full-face helmet before you buy a downhill bike. There are always downhill bikes that friends are willing to lend out, but it seems like there's not much spare padding to lend out. If you're going to buy all your gear at once, make sure you budget for protective gear. You might have to buy a bike that costs less than you initially thought you could afford.

    The first day I ever wore a full-face and body armor, I pushed my skills and belly-flopped five feet off of one boulder onto another. Got up without a scratch. But I was freaked out for sure.
     
  7. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    :stupid: Get quality pads and ride...practice does make perfect, but even the pros crash!
     
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  8. zmtber

    zmtber Turbo Monkey

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    brian lopes makes a good book about mountain bike skills you should check it out
     
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  9. bigdrop05

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    You control the bike & YOU tell it what to do..Only riding time will biuld confidence.Try to follow & ride with better riders to learn more.

    Small movements make a big difference on a mountainbike..

    It's also about making the tires stick most of the time..

    Have fun with it....Every ride .

    Watch some DVD's on "MUTE" you tend to focus in on exactly what the Pro rider is actually doing rather than "just watching"!!!

    Try a VPP suspension system.They are plush & pedal great, like a hardtail.

    .02
     
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  10. TheMontashu

    TheMontashu Pourly Tatteued Jeu

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  11. proanti1

    proanti1 Chimp

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    what the hell is that? like one of those loaded seat posts?
     
  12. amydalayna

    amydalayna Turbo Monkey

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    it is a really good book. it's called mastering mountain bike skills. the only non-cheesy how-to-mountain bike book i've ever read. check it out at http://www.leelikesbikes.com/
     
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    sk8kid33 Monkey

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    vpp is a suspension design that is on santa cruz's and intenses. they are good but brake jack and get pedal feedback do to an s curve axle path. I own one a v10.

    as for tips:

    1. stay back on you saddle through rock gardens and go fast, do not get going really slow iot makes it dificlut to roll over rocks.

    2. Use brakes rolling up to rack gardens and drops then roght before them let go of brakes to mainain suspension and momentom.

    3. Stand up a lot. if you legs get tired lock you knees on mellow sections.

    4. Use your front brake.

    5. Flow with it move around hop of some rock to make it over others, pump in and out of corners.

    6. keep it low on jumps if your looking for speed.

    7.pedal out of any corners you can to keep speed up.

    8.Look for the best lines and use them, not always the smoothest is best, most direct and the one that sets you up best for corners.


    I use these tips to help get friends faster, my dad faster (ridden xc and road for 15 years and just started DH), and my self faster.
     
  14. proanti1

    proanti1 Chimp

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    i just cant get shifting down, i have to let off the torque to shift (torque + gears = crunchy noises :think: ), then i slow down. maybe i should run fixie, i had a road bike like that.
     
  15. BigStonz

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    Ride with/behind someone who knows what they are doing.
     
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    DH SB RIDER Monkey

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    Ride alot you will get better. Seriously
     
  17. clandestine

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    after you get used to riding more, dont think when you do something,
    i remember the first time i hit a large dirt jump, scared the crap outta me.