Tag: bmx

First test

So i got out on a small test run last friday on my BMX to see how it felt riding with the new handlebar. Was not the best day for testing. The weather changed and got really cold which made me feel sick. So i did not have much energy that day. But i got to ride a bit anyway and it felt like the handlebar was really good. Just the right size for the bike and my body.

I am hoping to do a more proper test soon.


BMX Riding Skills – The Guide to Flatland Tricks

I bought this book a while back to have something to aid me learning and re-learning tricks. The book is focused on Flatland BMX but a lot of it works for street/freestyle BMX as well as for my Trials/Dirt and MTB bikes. Due to the issues with my BMX bike and the low handlebar, thois book has been collecting dust in the bookshelf.

Now when i have my BMX bike set up properly and all the other things that has happened i am going to take a serious look into this book.

I will focus on my BMX bike while going through this book but there are a lot of tricks for my dirt bike and my trail MTB so i will try to have regular sessions with those bikes with the book as a guide. Especially with my dirt bike. In the beginning i wont do as much with my regular trail MTB. Think I need some time with my BMX and my dirt bike before i start messing around to much on my trail bike. Getting comfortable with those bikes first.

Anyway.

The book is split into five main sections, where the last three are the interesting ones. The entire book is interesting but sections three, four and five are the ones with the tricks. The first two are introductions, bike facts, a bit history and such.

Section three is the beginner tricks section with tricks such as Endo, Back Hops, Bunnyhops, Barspins (ground), Front Hops, Wheelie, Peg Wheelie and more.

Section four is the intermediate tricks section with trick such as 180 Bunnyhop, Decade, Infinity Roll, Steamroller, Megaspin, and more.

Section five is the advanced tricks section with tricks such as Manual Roll, 360 Bunny Hop, Bunnyhop Barspin, Hang Five, and more.

I wont follow the book in order, at least not on some of the tricks. The most important tricks for me to get in order this summer is bunnyhops, manuals, back hops, and a few others and they are in different sections. Manuals have for some reason been placed in the advanced section.

Time will tell how many tricks i will be able to do in a decent way before the summer is over. I am aiming high and hopefully i will be good enough on several of the tricks later this summer. I have a lot of time to use for this and hopefully i can be focused enough on most of those sessions.


New handlebars

One of the biggest reasons for not riding my BMX bike is because of the low/small handlebars that came with the bike. I have not been able to upgrade until now for different reasons, but now i had a chance to do so, and i took it. Such a difference and it feels really great. So far i have only mounted the new handlebar and gave it a quick test yesterday. Planning to take a ride with my BMX today and see how it all feels.

Hopefully i will have an even better feeling after a proper test than i had with the quick test yesterday. But i do know that things can only get better. And it feels nice to finally have my BMX in a state that works for me. Need that bike for my riding and for my progression as a rider both regarding BMX and Mountain Biking. I might be wrong but i have always believed that my BMX is the key to get my bunny hop skills back, and to have other skills such as manuals, grinds, jumps improved and to learn new things.

This summer should give me the answer if i was correct or not.

Bought some new grips too. Didn’t know much about them before they arrived. They looked interesting and had the right color. I like them a lot now that they have been put on my new handlebar. Smooth but grippy at the same time. Might be the best grips i have bought so far. Time will tell though.


Thoughts about the different sports

Before i get in to the different sports and styles i am into, i want to say that i have always been, and problably always will be a person that enjoy technical riding more than those that are about miles and times. I like having more relaxed rides with focus on skills and different techniques. To have the possibility to focus on interesting technical challenges and to try to improve them. I rarely enjoy those rides where you have to do a specific trail, a specific amount of miles, in a specific amount of time. Where all focus seems to be on stamina and not much else. I do not see the pleasure in that.

Secondly, my summer will be a lot different this year than it has been in many years. This summer i will have a lot more time being out riding. A lot more time to get into decent shape and to improve my skills in those sports i enjoy doing. I will have to spend a lot of time trying to deal with issues such as strength training, balance and other things. Stuff i need both for every day life and for my riding. Those parts are also vital for me to have a chance to make improvements in my riding.

Anyway.

Mountain Biking – This is my main sport, currently anyway. I do see myself as a BMX rider with an interest in Mountain Biking. But i will focus a lot more on Mountain Biking at the moment because there are more options available. I will do a lot of trail riding, spending time on different trails around here. That one will be a mix between regular trail riding and enduro inspired riding. Even though that part will require a bit more of that i do not enjoy, i will focus on finding more technical trails and i do have to work on my stamina. No XC riding though, no lycra, no clipless pedals and no strava or similar apps. Just fun.

I will do as much trials, street and dirt jump sessions as i can. Thats the most fun parts about riding Mountain Bikes. I will also do more Freeride and Downhill inspired riding, as much as i can using my hardtails and my dirt jump bike. No fullsuspension available at the moment and not in a near future.

Street/Freestyle BMX – I got into BMX in the beginning of 2000 and did it for a few years. Then i had a bunch of years not riding BMX at all. And in june 2017 i bought a cheaper BMX bike because i felt a need to get back into it. Due to injurys and other stuff i have not been riding much at all which annoys me a bit. And there have been some issues with the bike that have made riding it very difficult. I am hoping to get in a lot of riding this summer.

I really enjoy watching BMX videos and there are a lot of stuff that i want to be able to do again. I like street riding with jumps, grinds and stuff like that and i like flatland riding where you do different tricks on a flat surface. BMX also offers a really nice and fun way to work on skills such as bunny hops, manuals and more, which i have use for when riding my Mountain Bikes.

Mountainboard – I bought my Mountainboard in april 2015. The main reason was that i needed an action sport that did not involve my arms, neck and shoulders as much as biking does. At that point i did not think i would be able to ride bikes properly because of my neck injury. Sadly because of lack of motivation, life and a lack of decent riding spots within walking distance i have not been riding much at all with this either.

Mountain Biking and BMX will come first but i am hoping to get some regular sessions on my mountainboard. As soon as i find decent spots where i can start practice i will try to ride as often as possible. I am hoping at least once a week.

Mountainboards are completely different which also makes it interesting for me. It still involves riding offroad and skills such as jumping and more. I want to see how far i can take it, see what kind of skills i can get. It also offers a different way to train balance and other things.

Mixing things – I have never been good focusing on just one thing. I need to have different things to choose from. I need to be able to see from day to day what i want to do. And to have different types of challenges. I have no ambitions to become a pro or to start competing. It is just about having fun and being active. To have something outdoors that involves improving things like technique, balance, mobililty, flexibilty and more. And all while having fun.


Upgrading my BMX

I am a tall person and i have had some issues riding my BMX bike. It has a very low handlebar and it makes things a lot more difficult. I have had some thoughts about buying a new handlebar but they have been to expensive for me and it has not been a high priority. Recently Skatepro started selling pretty cheap handlebars that is larger. I made the decision last week to purchase one even though it has a negative impact on my economy.

The new handlebar will arrive sometime this week. Its about 10 cm higher and a bit wider, which hopefully will make riding the bike a bit easier. I want to ride more often on my BMX bike, partly because i am really into it but also because its different from all the Mountain Biking i am doing. And i think it can benefit me a lot riding more street stuff with my BMX, stuff that i can use in my Mountain Biking.

I will make a post when i have mounted the new handlebar.


Practice Bunny Hops

I have been thinking about building one of those bunny hop contraptions for a while now but never got around to it. Discovered that i had material for one when i was looking for material to my jumps. So now i have finally build one and hopefully i can start using it soon.

I have some upper body issues to deal with before i can start practicing.


Built some jumps

I started to build a slightly larger jump made out of a pallet and some other wood parts. Its not that high and not very portable but i think i can find a good spot where i can use it, and move it around in a smaller area. And hopefu
I started to build a slightly larger jump made out of a pallet and some other wood parts. Its not that high and not very portable but i think i can find a good spot where i can use it, and move it around in a smaller area. And hopefully hide it there in between uses so that i always have it when i need it.

During the build i got some material for a smaller jump thats more portable. A bit of a kicker that i think can be used for different things. Needs some more fixing but its almost complete.

I have a few other build ideas but more about them later.


Riding BMX

Even though i am going to focus a lot on mountain biking and that will be my main bike activity, i want to get back into BMX as well. There are a lot of things with freestyle bmx that interests me that mountain biking can’t give me, and i want to do something about it.

Its way to early though to know how far i want to take it and how far i can take it. It all depends on my mtb riding and the things that happens there. And how well i can deal with my injuries. Hopefully i can have some pretty decent bmx sessions this summer.

I am probably as far away from the XC style riding as you can get. The part where you ride a distance as fast as possible doesn’t interest me at all. The trail riding thing is a bit better. Maybe half way there. I have always been a person who is more interested in technical stuff rather than those focused on stamina. I am always drawn to street bmx and trials riding because it feels good watching others do those things.

I am pretty sure that i need those things in my life to feel really good. To work on my skills, doing interesting things with my bikes, and to improve. To ride the same way that street bmx riders do, the same way trials riders to and mix in some trail riding with that.

There are a lot of things missing right now. Like basic stuff such as strength, stamina, balance, basic technique. And the first step is to get a handle on skills such as jumping, bunny hops, manuals, backwheel hops, drops, and more.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress.


Getting things going

I have been working today setting things up with my blog. I don’t know if blogging is a big thing anymore with all that social media in existence. But i feel that i need a place to put my thoughts and other things regardless of how many visitors i get.

And i have decided to blog only in english, mostly because i need the practice thinking and writing in english. Its an important part of my work and also a good thing to keep working on for other reasons as well.

The purpose of this blog is to write about all kinds of things relating to my life. But for the moment i will be mostly focused on my health and my rehabilitation, mixed with things relating to my interests in Mountain Biking and BMX. Most of my posts this year will be about those things. And i will try to be as open as possible with most of the things that affects my life in one way or another.

I am hoping to post as often as possible. A few post every week would be nice, but i am happy if i manage to post at least once a week. I have tried blogging before and there have been long gaps between each post. Months, sometimes even more than a year.