Category Archives: Learning to ride

Learn track stands to ride tighter & steeper uphill switchbacks: Episode 3 of MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

Episode #3 of my MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio is now available.

Main topic: Why learning track stands is so helpful for riding tighter and steeper uphill switchbacks.

See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #3 .

 

TRANSCRIPT

Introduction:

Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode #3 of the Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast. My name is Griff Wigley, also known as the mountain bike geezer. I’m am the guy behind the Mountain Bike Skills Network blog and I’m the founder and host of the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community, currently a group on Facebook.

My intent is to have all three – the blog, the online community and this show — help recreational mountain bikers like you, have more fun while upping your skills. Why? So you can ride the stuff you want that challenges you. I think of it as a Goldilocks Zone. Not too scary or hard; not too easy or boring but juuuuuust right. That middle is where the fun is and one of the most reliable ways to stay in that Goldilocks Zone is to continually increase your skills.

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MTB Coach Kat Sweet, Guest Expert, Live Q&A video chat on May 7, 9 PM CDT

We’re pleased to announce that Kat Sweet, professional coach, jumper, downhiller, and owner/founder of Sweetlines, will be our next featured MTBSN guest expert. She’ll be live in an MTBSN Business Hangouts Google video chat next Sunday, May 7, 9 pm CDT.

FEATURED TOPIC: How to Ride Drops (If there’s time, we’ll also consider questions about bunny hops, manuals, jumping, cornering, etc.)

REGISTER FREE HERE

QUESTIONS FOR KAT: Anyone will be able to submit questions for Kat during the live Q&A. If you can’t attend, submit your questions here.

Kat’s mission:

“… is to build confidence, create community, and promote stewardship through educational mountain biking programs that empower women and youth.”

LINKS FOR KAT SWEET & SWEETLINES:

REGISTER HERE FOR THE LIVE VIDEO CHAT ON MAY 7, 2017

Video: doing a manual through a dip

After 5 weeks, I'm on Lesson 11 of 24 in @ryankleech's Manual Master Class which is all about "gaining comfort in a manual while rolling through a dip." I practiced the dip on some small rollers in our local @CROCTMTB skills park here in Northfield (my hometown) last Thursday and got to where I could consistently manual over one. It gave me enough confidence to try a bigger dip at @lebanonhills on Friday. It was psychologically much more intimidating because of the two trees just past the dip. I was reluctant to go fast enough and I wasn't confident that I could correct my direction if I started to lean to one side or the other. After about 10 attempts, all fails to one degree or another, I finally nailed one. Kind of scary but So Much Fun. Course info at mtbskills.net/ryan

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Rear wheel unweighting vs real wheel lift: Episode #2 of the MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

Episode #2 of my MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio is now available. Main topic: rear wheel unweighting.

See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #2 .

 

TRANSCRIPT

Introduction:

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.

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Learning to jump, dealing with fears: video interview with mountain bike coach Elaine Bothe

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:

Join this free Facebook Group to learn about Ryan Leech’s courses on bunny hops and manuals

Maybe you’ve heard about manuals and bunny hops. Maybe you understand — maybe not — how they can improve your riding. The fun you can have. Maybe you’ve tried to learn them on your own. Maybe you’ve not gotten the hang of them. Maybe there’s a better way.

Join our free Facebook group anytime between now & March 12 to learn more.