Idriver gave you some great advice.Idriver said:Try to ride within your limits, you know what you can and cant do. If you dont feel comfortable in a situation hike your bike past. bottom line getting hurt sucks but sh*t happens.
Try to find yourself a riding partner that is about 10% better than you are. This will help you to push yourself alittle more to try to keep up with your partner. Before you know it you will be bombing all those sections that you were hiking.:thumbsup:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2007-01,GGLG:en&q=pump+trackmbyard said:It may be a silly question, but what is a "pump track"?
lol i see you have good friends. are u suppose to not brake while going downhill? apparently you need speed to run over rocks and other stuff . but i crushed once when i attempted to ride over a chunk of tree roots.osmarandsara said:When I was a beginner the first time I went out for a ride with an "advanced" group the first thing I noticed was how high all their seats were....all were at least as high as the handlebars and some even higher.
So I raised my seat.
So then I kept falling behind in the technical sections because I was afraid to ride the rock gardens with a high seat, so I kept stopping to lower my seat.
And then I had to raise my seat again for the uphills.
And then I had to lower it again for the rock gardens and downhills. You get the picture. I also managed a few OTBrs during the ride.
So finally one of my buddies (after laughing his ass off) took his allen wrench and re-adjusted my saddle (he moved it towards the handle bars)
Then he re-adjusted my handlebars (he rotated my titec hellbents so that the grips were higher up and not swept back so much) I felt like a total dumbass newbie.
Then he took me on a long, long, long downhill and told me to ride with my butt behind my saddle until my chest was touching it..........then he made me ride back up and told me to do this again. It was uncomfortable and my quad muscles were not strong enough to do it for the whole downhill but I kept practicing. (the adjustments to the saddle and handlebar made it easier for me to get my body in that position)
After a few weeks he took me to a STEEP downhill with a 2 1/2 foot drop in the middle of it.....he told me to get my butt behind the bike and get my chest on the saddle and to just roll down the drop.....when I went over the impact of my forks hitting the ground scared the crap out of me but I was able to roll down the drop in total control.
Then he had me do it over and over and over. Then he took me out and we did it at night with lights.
So I basically still suck but at least I can keep up with my "advanced" buddies now and I have not gone over the bars again after that basic lesson.