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Re: New to MTB

Postby Duck! » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:55 pm

Cardy George wrote:
Apple wrote:well I am riding it , but the fear is no better. I will try H20 soon. I am also going to duck hole with a friend who fell off a cliff on her MTB( SHOCK.) she now has an electric bike because her legs are not strong. OMGosh, no wonder I have fear.
BTW where are all the emoji things, we used to put smiley and angry ones.

We all have our own fears when we're on the dirt. My personal one is double jumps...

Yep, for me it's drop-offs and lumpy descents. As a XC rider and still with some remnant roadie heritage, coupled with my body proportions, I have a very front-heavy bike setup. Add to that my bike's very steep XC race-oriented geometry and thanks to the roadie heritage, a low desire to leave the ground, I'm pretty paranoid about going OTB and getting a very close look at the ground.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: New to MTB

Postby Apple » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:28 pm

trailgumby wrote:Hey Apple, happy to catch up with you and rehearse some of the drills Fi would have taught you at Chocolate Foot's skills clinics. I have a collection of soccer cones we can use for things like cornering practice. There are some beginner friendly sections of trail adjacent to Manly Dam (not Manly Dam itself) we can then go run them on.

It will help me too, as I'm just getting back to riding on the dirt after messing up my ankle Christmas Eve and need to get my head back in the space after pretty much no MTB since last June. Are you around over Easter?

happy to catch up , I do need drills , drills drills
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Re: New to MTB

Postby Apple » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:29 pm

Duck! wrote:Riding with other people will go a long way to helping overcome the fear that comes with doing something new. When you can see how they do things, it takes some of the perceived difficulty off the task, and you'll often tend to follow without having the time to overthink it.

No, I can't even watch them. Scares me to death.
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Re: New to MTB

Postby Apple » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:30 pm

Maybe I have also the wrong bike. It is a very fast Carbon Era specialized for pros. it is so fast and out of control. well it is in control but I am not
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Re: New to MTB

Postby trailgumby » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:47 am

Apple wrote:Maybe I have also the wrong bike. It is a very fast Carbon Era specialized for pros. it is so fast and out of control. well it is in control but I am not


Nah, don't think so. For the trails you are riding the bike is well capable.

We could look at suspension setup. Maybe soften it off a bit with a bit more sag. Does it have the Brain shocks at both ends? You could also back that off all the way so that it doesn't stiffen up when riding smooth surfaces and the suspension is more accommodating over choppy surfaces. They are known to be a bit pernickety with setup on the higher end bikes if you're looking to get the best efficiency out of them. - it might serve you better to sacrifice that for more suspension compliance.

Tyre pressures make a big difference to grip and therefore confidence as well, so we can look at that. From what I remember, your position on the bike looked quite reasonable - bars were about level with the saddle, so reasonably descending friendly for an XC bike.

Does yours have a dropper seatpost?

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