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.
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:
I was joined in hooting/hollering while riding this segment of @morcpics's Theodore Wirth Singletrack trail this week by some guy named Mick. I was riding my @advocatecycles fat bike, The Watchman. So. Much. Fun. The flowy segment that follows the drops is among the best in the Twin Cities metro area. FYI, this trail system is within two miles or so from downtown Minneapolis. 90-second video:
Newbie! Some progress in jumping my @advocatecycles Watchman fat bike at @morcpics's @lebanonhills yesterday. A little bit of fear, a little more confident, a lot more fun. I could get hooked on this. I'm still a little nose-heavy on most of my practice runs so I'm working on that. But yeah, progress! 20-second video:
Practicing on a bank helped me to nail my first table top jump yesterday. Using a bank before attempting table tops is recommended by post and video by pro @philkmetz in his blog post/video at http://philkmetz.com/videos/2016/4/11/how-to-jump-a-mountain-bike After a half dozen or so runs up the bank, I added a cone to see if I could get higher. That gave me enough confidence to take a run at the small table top jump in our local skills park. Voila! I can see I need to crouch lower on my approach so that I can get more height when I unweight/unload upwards as my back wheel hits. That extra height would mean I'd need less speed, as I overshot the table top a bit on that last run. I'm psyched to have a whole new world opening up to me.
I'm eager to learn to jump this summer. So when I saw this very helpful "Learning to jump a mountain bike" blog post and video by pro @philkmetz at http://philkmetz.com/videos/2016/4/11/how-to-jump-a-mountain-bike, I got excited. He recommends starting with either a homemade ramp or a bank. I found the perfect compromise of the two tonight at the Northfield Skateboard Coalition's skatepark. After 10 or so attempts, I started to get the hang of the pop/scoop/shove series of movements. Here's a video of my best one, though still a bit weak on the shove.
See Phil Kmetz’s blog post titled How To Jump A Mountain Bike