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Public MTB skills classes at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO

Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO is a world class facility with a huge range of trails, tracks and terrain. It’s the perfect place for a skills class.

20% of your class fees go straight to supporting the park.

We offer classes for all levels:

Level 1 MTB skills at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO

Level 2 MTB skills at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO

Women-only Level 1 MTB skills at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO

Women-only Level 2 MTB skills at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO

MTB skills series in Boulder, CO (4 classes -all levels)

2-day advanced trail riding skills in Boulder, CO (intermediate+)

Private classes with Lee McCormack (at Valmont and elsewhere)

Questions? Please email lee@leelikesbikes.com.

Solution to terrible hand and wrist pain?

Hi Lee,

Hope this email finds you well my friend. You might remember our convo, but I’m writing you b/c I’ve been experiencing terrible hand and wrist pain on my rides and wondering if you could provide some help as the discomfort is so bad, it’s really bumming me out.

Some background info (again):

  • I’m 173 cm tall / 215 lbs
  • All my riding is New England roots and rocks
  • Riding a medium Ibis Ripley V4
  • Handlebars – One up – cut down to 760mm
  • Stem – been constantly going back and forth between 40 & 50mm. I know you said 30 is better (and I know it improves my RAD) – but I found the 30 made my steering just too twitchy
  • Grips – I played with ESI, all the Ergons and currency running the PNW Loams
As mentioned I keep going back and forth on stem length. TBH – 50mm is most comfortable, but 40mm adds a bit of confidence in the steering when I’m hitting the blue/black tech trails (though I do feel a bit cramped in the cockpit).

We already chatted stem size, and I still can’t find the answer, but what I do notice is that my wrists are never straight when I grip. My hands are always bent inwards and not parallel with bar.

Maybe I need to try SQlab?

Any advice would be helpful and thanks again in advance.

-J

How to pump bumps for free speed

Mountain bike pumping

Most mountain bikers have heard of pump tracks. Many have ridden one at their local bike park. With the right skills, you can fly around these dirt rollercoasters with ease. But did you realize that those same skills are immensely valuable on nearly any trail?

Pumping the trail on your mountain bike makes riding so much more fun! More specifically:

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How fast do you need to go for a drop?

Here’s a great question from our remote coaching student Stefan in Switzerland.

One last question to the drops and speeds: Is this reasoning right: given all things equal with the drop except its height,  I could approach all drops smaller or higher with the same speed I‘ve been using now? With higher drops I‘ll land longer with smaller drops I‘ll land shorter? but other than that it‘s the same?

Stefan

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Is a high center of gravity a problem for taller riders?

lee

center of gravity acts as a lever
( between tyre-contact and cg )
distance x 2 – 1/2 force needed
( or torque  x 2 )
for a taller rider
real-!-emergency braking is more a problem
by definition

a taller rider can move more ?
yes – but
distance is longer = more time needed   !
and the saddle must be down … always
( and no luggage above the rear wheel )

do you agree ?

thanks

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Riding with dislocatable shoulders

Hi Lee, 

I recently dislocated my left shoulder for the 4th time (at age 30) mountain biking and am going through the process of looking into surgery or rehabilitation. 

I can across your blog post discussing handlebar width and could immediately sympathize with the issues you spoke about.

I was wondering if there was a follow up post relating to this research as I couldn’t track it down? I’m riding 800mm bars on both my bikes even though I’m only 5 foot 8.

Any advice would be much appreciated. I’m happy for you to post this on your blog and reply I just didn’t want to ask something which may have already been written about.

Cheers and keep up the good work, 

Andy

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Ellipses of Love

If you’ve been reading this site, you’ve heard me talking about rowing and anti-rowing and how, when you do a good job, your handlebars follow an elliptical path.

Basically, the taller the shape and the more leg action there is, the taller the ellipse. The flatter the shape and the less leg action there is, the flatter the ellipse.

Check this out:

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Core training for mountain biking

Lee, I’ve been focused on legs strength and stamina. My legs are good now. My core feels like a bowl of jelly. What are some of the best exercises for building my core?

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Dangerous jumping advice

Good video. Good teaching style. Great rider. Some dangerous advice.
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7 common jumping mistakes according to Rich Drew

Rich Drew is an MTB skills coach.

I think most of his tips are spot on.

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Thanks for the cornering skills

Hi Lee,
A quick ty for the class a couple of months back in Santa Cruz and for the access to the www.llbmtb.com content.  Applied the cornering skills to a high speed uphill turn with not much of a berm that comes at the bottom of a fast decent and I’m now able to carry a ton of speed through the turn. (:
Plus getting the handlebars near vertical feels cool too.  (pic attached)
I know we’re all getting pummeled by the lockdown so wanted to send a ty and wish you well!
Best,
Jere

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Hinged vs unhinged: some bunny hop tips (video)

The higher you want to hop (relative to your ability), the more you need to unhinge and drive with your hips.