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