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Skills Day
« on: October 03, 2008, 11:58:43 PM »
Ok, now that the weather is nice, lets get the ball rolling on this. To give enough lead time lets do it on Saturday Oct 18th. The venue will be Alafia once again, lets do it early and take advantage of some of this nicer weather and set the roll-out time for 8:30. I figure a good warm-up on North Creek and then start playing with spots that you have trouble with, wherever they may be.
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008, 04:35:36 PM »
I figure a good warm-up on North Creek and then start playing with spots that you have trouble with, wherever they may be.

Ah hell, I have trouble spots everywhere...lol.
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008, 04:41:17 PM »
I'm pretty sure I'll be free that Saturday. Count me in.


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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2008, 05:14:52 PM »
I think that works for me. I will confirm as we get closer.

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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008, 05:18:33 PM »
I might be able to make this one sounds like fun I could use some technical knowledge.
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008, 05:21:36 PM »
Count me in! 
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2008, 06:42:04 PM »
Do you need to be a Swamp member to attend? I have a friend from St. Pete who I'd like to bring with.
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2008, 07:01:24 PM »
Nah man, everyone is welcome!

Tom, don't kid yourself man, you are riding alot better! If you don't push the limits some you won't get better though.

This is the perfect opportunity. Even if you ride with a group you don't always see the line because you are a little behind. We'll stop and tackle all those problem areas where you can get off the bike, maybe walk the section to visualize, and then hopefully watch a few people ride through.

Hope to see everyone there. :)
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2008, 01:48:05 PM »
I appreciate the vote of confidence Jason.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it.  I work every Saturday, and I had to beg, borrow, and steal to get yesterday off to make it to the work day.

I'm just going to have to get faster so I can keep up with you and be able to follow your lines.  ;)
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2008, 02:54:44 PM »
I'll come as well...maybe we can do a guided ride through Moonscape or Gatorback as it seems there are a bunch of people that haven't tried those trails yet.
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008, 03:14:50 PM »
I'm in! The only Black trail I've ridden so far at Alafia is Rollercoaster. Think I'll make it out alive on Moonscape and Gatorback? Most of my trouble is with climbing and tight turns.

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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2008, 03:23:20 PM »
so what do we owe when we attend the skills day and what will we learn after?

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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2008, 03:55:46 PM »
moriSSon owes $10000000, but everyone else is free! :D

Just playing with ya bro, I have much love for ya!

Everyone owes themselves a good time. Hopefully everyone will learn a new line or skill, clean a section they never have, or try a new trail. This is about fun! You can work on the sections that give you trouble without having to worry about getting dropped or holding up your ride group. :)
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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2008, 04:02:12 PM »
Thanks Jason man :-*

Since this is a "skills" tread, one particular skills I wanted to learn before the year's end (you know those new year's resolution thing) is pivoting. Anybody knows how to pivot, scenario you are tackling a section and wanted to do it again instead of unclipping and lifting the bike (which really looks stupid) how do you guys do this in a small increment instead of a full blown 180 turn on the front wheel. So basically pivoting on front and back wheels is what I am trying to learn.

Anybody that can do this --- jump in and share.

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Re: Skills Day
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2008, 04:35:19 PM »
Thanks Jason man :-*

Since this is a "skills" tread, one particular skills I wanted to learn before the year's end (you know those new year's resolution thing) is pivoting. Anybody knows how to pivot, scenario you are tackling a section and wanted to do it again instead of unclipping and lifting the bike (which really looks stupid) how do you guys do this in a small increment instead of a full blown 180 turn on the front wheel. So basically pivoting on front and back wheels is what I am trying to learn.

Anybody that can do this --- jump in and share.

moriSSon

Treat your bike like a dual action "pogo-stick". Even if you're on a hardtail or rigid  ;)  (it would be the tires and your elbows and knees that are your suspension.)  Boing or bounce slightly and turn or shift your weight to cause you to rotate in place with each bounce.  But first practice track stands, then track stand with a little bounce, then track stand with a little bounce and cause your bike to slightly turn in the up portion of each bounce.  Practice-practice-practice.

 

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