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hi, im a begginer but i have learned alot and i ride when i can. i have done tracstands for 15+ seconds and bunny hops, the works but nothing really extravagant. anyways, i want to build some technical ramps (those bridge thingy's with posts in the middle.) in my backyard (i will design them to be able to store under my house ) so i can practice on them and learn how to do this well. just wondering if anyone here has links to desgins or riding these in general.
 

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stalk&kill said:
hi, im a begginer but i have learned alot and i ride when i can. i have done tracstands for 15+ seconds and bunny hops, the works but nothing really extravagant. anyways, i want to build some technical ramps (those bridge thingy's with posts in the middle.) in my backyard (i will design them to be able to store under my house ) so i can practice on them and learn how to do this well. just wondering if anyone here has links to desgins or riding these in general.
Since I like your handle, I'll offer some insights. Somewhere here a guy has a handle that eludes to his testicular pains in a vulgar manner and I told him I wouldn't help with his skill questions.
Firstly, I've been MTBing since there were MTBs and I've never once had occasion to ride a technical ramp bridge thingy whatever that is.
Trackstands are good.
Bunnyhops are good but overrated.
A good skill is emergency braking without skidding, practice that so when someone's coming the other way you don't skid like a kid. Hard to do I gather, with V brakes. Easy with my cantis.
Unhook your rear brake and practice descending very steep sketchy slopes with yer butt off the back of the saddle. Master that and you'll never fear your front brake.
Always ride with yer head up and yer eyes looking where you're going. Sounds obvious, but probably 1 out of 3 riders I meet coming at me on singletrack are looking at their front wheel and don't see me and then are startled and sometimes crash because of it.
Never go faster than you can see. Expect an oncoming rider at every blind corner, that's how you'd want me to ride on your trails, right? Surprising how many idiots don't ride that way.
Ride around what you can and over the rest of it and decide which you're gonna do before the last nanosecond so you dont end up with your front wheel pointing weird trying to ride around something you should've just rolled over. Lotsa crashes caused by indecision.
Train to push a taller gear. If you always twiddle up stuff in the granny, that's all you'll be able to do. If you can push a bigger gear, you can always go back to twiddling if needed. Hard to go the other way if you're not used to it.
That said, you'll never be smooth in a big gear until you're smooth in a little gear. I believe Bernard Hinault said that. Ask goggle.
If you fail to clean a section, go back and try it a second time. surprising how much that helps you improve.
half the people you meet have their saddles too low. don't be one of them,
 

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thanks for the tips, but i got the braking down but you never really answered my question. where can i find desings and tips. what are those ramp's names?
 

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stalk&kill said:
thanks for the tips, but i got the braking down but you never really answered my question. where can i find desings and tips. what are those ramp's names?
Are you describing teeter-totters?

You might try the DH/Freeride board.
 

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never riddin one but i think i know what your talking about using common sense it's basically a ladder right, laid horizontal or lofted way up in the trees.
not hard to make, if there is any construction going on near you ask the contractors for any scrap wood mainly 2x4s, plywood also is useful and if they give you a hard time take it when there gone just make sure it's scrap.
make the bridge thing it's a ladder you don't need designs. first make sure you nail or screw it together (no wood glue) and then ride over it on the ground then prop one end up 6" then go over it then once you get used to it you can make more sections and link them together i wouln't go higher than a foot and a half high that way you can roll off the side with out trashing your self.
or you can just yuse pallets just stack them and angle up the sides and make all kinds of drop offs and what not .
have fun
although i'm still not sure what your talking about
 
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