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Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop: Episode 4 of MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

Episode #4 of my MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio is now available.

See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #4.

Main topic: Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop

TRANSCRIPT

Introduction:

Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode #4 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 where you’ll also see links to my various social media accounts.

Today’s show is about the bunny hop, what some people refer to as the most difficult skill in mountain biking.

I learned to bunny hop recently and was surprised at how challenging it was just to get to the beginner level that I’m now at.

With help from members of the MTBSN community, I’ve put together what I think are the:

Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop

 

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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.

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:

 

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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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Mountain Bike Skills Network is a new podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

My Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast (show) launched yesterday on Mountain Bike Radio (MBR), a network of offroad cycling podcasts.

Griff Wigley, host, Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast MBR founder Ben Welnak

The first episode is an introduction. MBR founder Ben Welnak (MBR profile here) interviews me about my mtb background and plans for the show.

Mountain Bike Skills Network Podcast

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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