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Mountain Bike Skills

Postby bouncer1979 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:16 pm

Anyone know of any groups that teach mountain biking for beginners in the Perth area?

I see info for places in the Eastern States but haven't seen anything for Perth.

Any info appreciated.

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Postby bennysthe1 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:08 am

There are no groups that teach as such but there are a few groups that ride on a regular basis. Just tag along with one of them and you will pick it up.

Malaga Cycles has one (not sure where it goes) and TBE Belmont is on Wednesday nights and they usually do Kalamunda/Mundaring Wier.

I am sure there are more shops that do it too that I dont know about.
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Postby Kalgrm » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:51 am

Ben,

If you jump on the Perth MTB club web site and keep an eye on the "organise a ride" section, you'll often find beginners' rides. Tag onto one of them and watch what others are doing.

I don't know of anybody who does it professionally in Perth. You can pay me to take you on a ride though ... ;)

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Postby twowheels » Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:03 pm

I seem to remember WAMBA & Mundabiddi doing skills sessions/workshops a couple of years ago, try their web sites
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Postby rolandp » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:58 pm

Aushiker recently posted a link to Muda Biddi Trial which includes the Munda Biddi Trail in Mundaring.

There are a couple of events in March.
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Postby bouncer1979 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:01 pm

Cheers for the info. Will keep an ear out and check with my LBS as well.
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Postby trailgumby » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:09 pm

MTB Skills resources:
DVDs:
I've picked up a bit from a DVD put out by Dirt Magazine (UK) called "Fundamentals". It's downhill-oriented, but it has still been quite useful as this is where crashes hurt the most.

Books:
* Serious Mountain Biking by some Olympian chick whose name I can't recall (the missus has moved the book on me): good cross-country focus - there's some stuff on climbing as well as descending! Good descriptions of the steps involved, good suggestions on how to start to learn the skill without overcommitting and betting the farm.
* Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by Brian Lopes, again DH primarily but some XC stuff as well. Lots of good sequence pix.
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Postby Kalgrm » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:17 pm

Second the motion re the Brian Lopes book. I've got that one and found it very useful.

Another useful book is "Mountain Bike Like A Champion" by Ned Overend (yes, that is his name, and he is a champion.) It's very much aimed at the XC rider.

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Postby twowheels » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:30 am

Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by Brian Lopes

gets another vote! available from Inglewood Public Library!
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Postby bigacorn » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:08 pm

Try the pmbc they do rides at the goat farm on wednesday nights
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Postby trailgumby » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:53 pm

Kalgrm wrote:Another useful book is "Mountain Bike Like A Champion" by Ned Overend (yes, that is his name, and he is a champion.) It's very much aimed at the XC rider.
I'll keep my eye out for that one - much prefer the XC-related stuff. I'm too bloody old to afford the consequences of stuffing up downhilling - I don't bounce like I did when I was younger. :lol:

I've always wondered whether that was his real name or a stage name...
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