It turns out that learning to bunny hop is also helping me learn to jump. Who knew? 😉 Monday I practiced the table top in our local @CROCTMTB skills park here in Northfield (my hometown). I added the orange cones to help me focus on getting more height instead of more distance. FYI, I'm on Lesson 21 of 28 in @ryankleech's Bunny Hop Master Class which has us bunny hopping over curbs. I've almost got the hang of it. Real Soon Now.
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 .
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.
You can learn more about the Mountain Bike Skills Network at mtbskills.net, which is a relatively new web address, a replacement for mountainbikegeezer.com which I’ve been using the past 6 years.
I’m coming to you from my world headquarters – a basement office in my house in the small town of Northfield in the southern part of Minnesota, a state in the upper midwest region of the USA.
In today’s show, I first want to talk about the importance of track stands — which, just in case you’re totally clueless, has nothing to do with tracks — bicycle, railroad, animal or otherwise. Track stands are all about staying balanced on your bike while not moving forward — and oddly enough, that translates to being more stable when you ARE moving forward on certain types of terrain, most notably, switchbacks.
After that, I’m going to provide a bit of a roundup of what’s happening in our online community. Women mountain bikers are increasingly making their presence known there — both in numbers and in participation — and that seems to be the main reason why things are a-humming and a-buzzing.
So stay with me.
Why track stands can help you get better at riding tighter & steeper uphill switchbacks
Back in February, I put up a poll in my MTBSN FB Group asking:
See this blog post for background.
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.)
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.
“… 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
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
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