Mountain Bike Magazine's Complete Guide to Mountain Biking Skills: Expert Tips on Conquering Curves, Corners, Dips, Descents, Hills, Water Hazards, and Other All-Terrain Challenges

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Expert tips on conquering curves, corners, dips, descents, hills, water hazards and other all-terrain challenges.

Hit the dirt!

From breaking to bunny hopping, speed jumping to switchbacks— here are the skills you need to catch big air and experience the best of off-road riding.

* Selecting the right rig for you and your budget.

* Step-by-step drills for clearing obstacles, popping wheelies and more.

* How to hammer it and ride faster than you ...

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Overview

Expert tips on conquering curves, corners, dips, descents, hills, water hazards and other all-terrain challenges.

Hit the dirt!

From breaking to bunny hopping, speed jumping to switchbacks— here are the skills you need to catch big air and experience the best of off-road riding.

* Selecting the right rig for you and your budget.

* Step-by-step drills for clearing obstacles, popping wheelies and more.

* How to hammer it and ride faster than you ever thought possible.

* Seven ways to stay alive by avoiding face plants, biffs and other crash landings.

* All-weather strategies for plowing through mud, rain and snow.

* Pro advice on entering your first off-road race.

* Riding responsibly to save the trails.

* Planning the perfect tour and enjoying a fat-tire vacation.

* Tons more practical info for aspiring and die-hard dirtheads.

You also get skill-building techniques and strategies from world-class mountain bikers, including

* Ned Overend, six-time NORBA national champion

* John Tomac, 1994 NORBA downhill champion

* Juli Furtado, 1995 World Cup champion

* Missy Giove, 1994 world downhill champion

* Tinker Juarez, 1994 NORBA national champion

* Mike King, 1993 world downhill champion

Including everything a beginner needs to know in the first 100 days, and fully illustrated with step-by-step photos and illustrations, this book tells readers how to find skills and drills for balancing, climbing, steering on rough terrain, downhill runs, conquering curves and corners, and offers tips on racing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875963006
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 1,389,764
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Hit the Dirt: A Longtime Roadie Makes the Mountain Bike Leap 2
2 Have a Fit: Your Guide to a Comfortable, Efficient Position 5
3 Your First 100 Days: Turn Your Dirthead Dreams into Reality 9
4 Tools for the Trail: 11 Essential Items - Plus 9 More for Epic Rides 22
5 Riding Responsibly: How to Be Environmentally Correct 26
6 Traveling with Your Bike: How to Have a Successful Off-Road Roadtrip 29
7 Crash Course: The Facts about Injuries - And How to Avoid Them 32
8 Looking Ahead: Eye Think (Therefore I Ride) 38
9 Going over Obstacles: Clearing Six-Inch Rocks, Roots and Bumps 42
10 Popping Wheelies: Wheelie Gweat Ways to Clear Obstacles 45
11 Hop to It! Hints for Frustrated Bunny-Hoppers 49
12 The Lunge: An Easy Way to Clean Uphill Obstacles 53
13 Climbing Clinic: The Basics of Going Up 55
14 Uphill Battle: Ways to Win It 58
15 Climbing on Loose Surfaces: Finding Your Balance between Gripping and Slipping 61
16 Downhill Thrills: Using Balance and Braking for Decent Descents 65
17 Front Brake Primer: Protect the Trail - And Your Face 69
18 Taking Turns: Conquering Curves and Corners 73
19 Speed Racers: The Keys to Going Faster 77
20 Shocking Advice: How to Ride a Suspended Rig 81
21 Brake or Break: Discover the Hidden Power in Your Levers - Or Else 85
22 Balancing Act: Six Tips for Never Tipping 88
23 Clicking In: Easing the Transition to Clipless Pedals 91
24 Seven Solutions to Simple Screwups: Quick Fixes for Maddening Mistakes 94
25 Insane Drop-Offs: Follow Me down This One 100
26 V-Ditches: Mastering the Whoop-de-do 103
27 High-Speed Compressions: Follow These Tips to Clean Bumps and Dips 106
28 Switchback Nose Wheelie: It's a Funky Way to Get Down 108
29 Hillside Traverse: What to Do When You're Riding on the Edge 110
30 Blowing Up: Surviving a Flat Tire at High Speed 113
31 Stair Meister: Riding down Steps like a Trials Champ 116
32 Rolling over Rocks: Stand Tall, Be Aggressive and Let It Wail 120
33 Wet and Dialed: A Guide to Ridin' in the Rain 123
34 Dirty Little Secrets: Ten Tips for Riding in Mud 126
35 Snow Job: How to Handle Hardpack, Powder, Ice and Slush 129
36 Overcoming Altitude: Ridin' High without Feelin' Low 133
37 Trail Reading: Learning Where to Set Your Sights 137
38 Moonlight Ramble: How to Be a Creature of the Night 139
39 Obstacle Course: Up, Over and Away 144
40 Twisting and Turning: To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn 146
41 Stop Right There: Discovering Your Braking Point 149
42 Going Up: Making It to the Top 151
43 Coming Down: Avoiding the Downhill Slide 154
44 Making Passes: Getting by the Other Guy 157
45 More Pointers from the Pros: Tips from Team Cannondale 158
46 Your First Race: Take the Leap! 166
47 Basic Training: A Race-Ready Regimen 170
48 Survival of the Fittest: Savvy Advice and Trick Tips from a Pro Racer 178
49 Equipped for Excellence: Ten Easy Upgrades for You and Your Bike 182
Dirt-ionary: Making Sense of Mountain Bike Mumbo Jumbo 184
Credits 189
Index 190
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Not a bad book. Covers most skills needed.

    This book is written by the editors of Mountain Bike Magazine. Although I think Mountain Bike Magazine is terrible this book is fairly well written. It covers things such as selecting a mountain bike, bunny hopping, rolling over rocks, downhill tips, and tons of other stuff. One of the downsides to this book is some of the pics and drawings (there are alot of them throughout the book) could be a little better. Other than that the book is very informative. I would recommend it to any beginner or someone looking to brush up on their skills. Enjoy!

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