Joy of Bike video: How to jump a mountain bike

In this episode of Joy of Bike we teach an ex pro roadie/semipro XC racer how to jump smoothly and safely. It’s a tale of trail trauma, rowing and anti-rowing. And of glory!

What do you think?

Lee

Breaking through mental barriers

Our brains are so powerful in so many ways, but Life can get in there and create obstacles to joy. In this video I take on the Whale Tail … and we all have a Whale Tail in our lives.

Dial in your hip hinge

If you’re a mountain biker (or a human), the most important movement you can master is the hip hinge. Here’s my story plus some tips.

One ride on the Fantic XF1 INTEGRA 150 Trail ebike

In general, ebikes are fun. In specific, here’s a fun bike at a relatively low price.

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Three Nutrition Tips to Nail Your MTB Off-Season

By Nicole Rubenstein

Why is this off-season different than all other off-seasons? Most of us are coming off a non-race season and we are dealing with the inherent challenges of a COVID environment – changes in mental health, less access to group exercise and gyms, and different grocery shopping experiences (just to name a few). All of these challenges can affect our nutrition and therefore our readiness for next year’s bike season.

There are three important concepts to take into consideration this winter.

1) Eat the right amount of protein at the right time to make the most of your strength training.

2) Dropping a few pounds off your body’s frame is far easier than dropping it off your bike’s frame.

3) Increase your intake of immune-boosting and gut healthy foods.

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Are you afraid, or are you ready?

This has happened several times in skills classes, and I think it has something to teach us:

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Incorporating RipRow with spin bike and strength training

Lee

1st I’m 5ft 11 in and 260. I own a Riprow and a Nordic Track bike. I have the tools to succeed and I love to ride my bike. I’m stronger than last year. But my question is how can I utilize the Riprow better. Should I workout daily with it? Should I use it in conjunction with strength workouts? I would like to be the best rider possible by next season here in Bend, Oregon. I have goals and riding aspirations and want to be a success story.

Can you give any suggestions on how to improve physically on the bike and on the trail? My financial situation doesn’t allow me to have a lot of subscriptions. Riprow and spin bike were not cheap but that’s what I have.

Thank you in advance for your help.

John

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Getting RAAD on a hardtail

Hi Lee,

I purchased your book Dialed through your website about 3 weeks ago. I love geeking out about bike fit, so I’m thoroughly enjoying your approach. I have 2 questions:

1. I ride a hardtail with a suspension fork. When determining RAAD do you suggest taking measurements with the fork unsagged or sagged?

2. I’m considering buying a new frame, but can’t decide on the size. A size small will require minimal adjustment to the cockpit to get my RAD and RAAD. A size medium will take much more adjustment, but will result in a more neutral, slightly positive SHO. The medium will have a front center around 20mm longer than the small. Would you recommend one size over the other?

Current measurements: RAD 810mm, RAAD 60 deg SHO 37mm. With fork unsagged.

Regards,
Kai Brown

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Help me get back into a manual

Hi Lee

I’m not getting over my “fear” to lean back properly for manuals.  Or rather, to shift my weight back.
I know about keeping arms straight, not pulling up so much, pre-loading and then pushing back, but i’m not committed enough.  Feels feeble as there’s so little risk of things going wrong.  (Using flats so that’s also limiting damage.)
I’m getting my wheelies done pretty well, although I think I can also move my centre of gravity back some more.
Is there some mental image i can use to get me to move back?
I’ve even tried moving back in an “L”: down first, then back.
I’m pretty short (5’7″) so arm reach apparently will make it a bit more difficult.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks
JL

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