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.
I’m pleased to announce that MTB coach Elaine Bothe will be our first featured guest expert in my Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) Facebook Group starting Monday Feb. 13 and continuing through the week. I’ve asked her to focus on two topics: 1) Fear; 2) Jumps.
I’ve never met Elaine in person but I’ve gotten to see her work as an online Ambassador and Coach for Ryan Leech’s online courses and community, as well as a regular contributor to his blog. She’s an Associate Coach for Wenzel Coaching, based in Portland, Oregon and is an Affiliate Instructor with Simon Lawton’s Fluidride in the Seattle, WA area.
To participate, join the free Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) group.
It’s increasingly clear to me that the more I focus on developing a network that connects mountain bikers who are interested in riding skills, the more engaged I am in what I do. It might even be better for my business.
So you’ll be seeing more of Mountain Bike Skills Network and less of Mountain Bike Geezer in my communications. I’ve changed my Facebook page, Instagram feed, Twitter feed, and email newsletter to reflect this. This blog/website will gradually change.
I was interviewed last week by Gene Arnold, founder of Regular Guy Mountain Biking and host of the weekly Bike Chat show on YouTube. He published the interview (23 minutes) today.
He surprised me with the ending. Classy, Gene!
Side-to-side bike/body separation is a basic skill for holding a line on skinnies or any narrow terrain. The increased feeling of stability at low speeds increases one's confidence, too. Steering a bike by its seat & riding no-handed helps demonstrate how a bike can be controlled this way. I created this video yesterday when a rider who was having a difficult time riding a narrow snowy rut in a fat bike race posted his frustration in our MTBSN Facebook group at bit.ly/MTBSNFB
I’ve been riding with flat pedals since Aug, 2011, about 6 weeks after I began mountain biking. I don’t evangelize about them too much in part because I’ve not delved deeply into the flats vs clipless debate. I just had more fun riding with them. And although I’ve always believe crashing is part of learning, I wasn’t willing to suffer injuries caused mainly by not getting unclipped in time to put my feet down.
So I’m thrilled to see that Ryan Leech, pro rider and elite instructor, has released his 12-Ride Flat Pedal Challenge online course.
It’s FREE until midnight, 12/31/2016 (New Year’s Eve).
Since he announced it a few weeks ago, over 6,000 have signed up.
Here’s his short description of the course:
“A drill-filled guide designed to help you discover the technique and style gifts of flat pedals. I’m NOT trying to convert you to flat pedals. Though if you ride clipless, then you’re missing out on the refinement that logging time on flats can have on your technique. You can then carry this style back to clipless at any time you like! Following my curriculum will speed up the acquisition of these, dare I say, transformative flat pedal benefits.”
Here’s the course overview page with the entire curriculum, testimonials, and link to register, NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED:
(Full disclosure: I’ve been collaborating with Ryan on a few aspects of his online venture for the past year or so. I’m also a marketing affiliate, which means I get a small commission for referring people.)
A 50-sec video of my driveway braking skills practice session yesterday. It's based on the article "3 braking drills that will add speed to your riding" by @leelikesbikes, posted to the how-to category of @mtb_project's blog I definitely need some work on getting my heels down more for drill #3, what I refer to as 'hop-heavy braking.' @leelikesbikes was right when he wrote, "This is a double complex move! But it’s double rad." I also need to find a different surface other than pavement to practice., eg gravel or hard-packed snow.