ROCKING MY FRONT WHEEL AROUND A TIGHT UPHILL SWITCHBACK Once I got confident in my track stands, it became much easier to learn to 'rock' my front wheel, a skill that I now use frequently in all sorts of technical situations. I recorded this 50-second video clip yesterday of me rocking my front wheel in the Figure 8 segment of Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails – CROCT's Sechler Pk trail in my hometown of Northfield. You'll see me using a few track stands and ratcheting in the sequence as well. Who loves rocking while rolling? I learned all of these skills from the courses and mini-modules that are part of a @ryankleech Connection membership at: mtbskills.net/ryan
BIG BOULDERS = PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT Whenever I see a big boulder around town now, I want to see if I can play on it. I recorded this video last week at the entrance to a park in town where #croctmtb has an #mtb trail. Track stands, backwards hopping, ratcheting, and the 3/4 pedal stroke make it possible. I learned all of these skills from the courses and mini-modules that are part of a @ryankleech Connection membership at: mtbskills.net/ryan
See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #2 .
Hey! Welcome to Episode #2 of the Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast. My name is Griff Wigley, also known as the mountain bike geezer. I’m the guy behind the Mountain Bike Skills Network blog, podcast, and online community, all designed to help you, the recreational mountain biker, have more fun while riding more challenging trails, terrain, and features with less fear and fewer crashes. That’s an overstuffed sentence so let me make it more concise: more fun with more challenge; less fear with fewer crashes.
During the month of Feb, MTB coach Elaine Bothe was our first featured guest expert in my Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) Facebook Group, focusing on two topics: 1) Fear; 2) Jumps. (See my Feb. 9 blog post for more about Elaine.)
Earlier this month, I conducted a video interview with her. The topics were the same as her online appearance: dealing with fear; and learning to jump. (I goofed on the recording, neglecting to recording the audio of my questions for her so it’s taken me a while to patch things together.)
MTB FEARS – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 1:
LEARNING TO JUMP – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 2:
At the 52-minute mark of this initial one-hour episode, I talk about my plans for complementarity between the podcast and the Mountain Bike Skills Network Facebook group. My hope is that the discussions in that online community will provide me with ideas for podcast episodes which I’ll then use to reflect back to the community, furthering the discussion.
Want to know more about MBR founder Ben Welnak? The Athlete of Fire podcast did a 2104 episode profile him here.
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If you armor up, let 99% of the air out of your tires, & drag the rear brake while pedaling, riding icy trails can be a fun challenge. I spent over 30 minutes sessioning this corner on CROCT's Sechler Pk trail this week. After a dozen+ fails, I was able to make it up 3 times: once cheating to the left, once cheating to the right, and once right up the middle.