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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:43 pm 
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Stripes had a good suggestion in another thread about skills development and how did you learn the skills you have, or what's your learning style? I think I've kind of run the gamut from reading instructional manuals/magazines, to watching videos, to taking skills clinics, to playing follow the leader, to videotaping myself. I think it's a combination of all of those things that has gotten me the furthest this last year. 2013 felt like the year I really started to break out a bit more with my riding skills and comfort level, and part of it was due, believe it or not, to more solo riding.

I found myself trying to do things by watching others while following them on the trail. Sometimes it worked, but sometimes in my effort to just keep up and keep upright, I would chicken out and avoid the obstacle all together. Despite encouragement and good-natured goading, I wasn't getting anywhere. Sometimes well-meaning suggestions would just end up making me feel overwhelmed and more confused about how to go about something. I started watching more videos on-line of the proper technique, in motion, instead of one picture on a page. It helped me to have it broken down into steps and then view the entire skill at once.

Before the snows and Polar Vortex took over my part of the country, I was working on learning how to do small drops and jumps. I started using the self-timer on my camera and Go Pro to film myself. I actually found this to be very helpful because I could review the footage and make changes more quickly.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:19 am 
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Riding solo also helps me a lot. I will stop at an obstacle then walk the obstacle. After looking at it from 2 POVs you get a real good feel for it. Then I will pick my line and descend/ascend. Start slow and fully expect to bail/stall at first. I don't hit big drops or jumps but rock gardens are in my normal trails. Strangely enough the most difficult obstacles in my local trails are all climbs not drops.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:57 pm 
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Been riding MTB since 94. Before that i raced BMX and was into flatland. I say a ton of any bike skills have been through that. OTH the MTB has been trial and error riding solo 90% of the time. Though I've been riding dirtbikes and motorcycles my whole life too which IMO has transferred over a ton. You can read and watch people as much as you want but the best bet is to give it a go yourself. In motorcycle stunting I would mimic the other riders to their style or how about going to do something. Same thing can be applied to bicycles. Watching videos in slow-mo then going out and mimic it slow etc. As you get better, speeds can get higher, you get smoother, go bigger etc. It's all part of the learning curve.


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