Tag: bike

Small skills session

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During my friday ride i hade two short sessions where i practiced wheelies and endos. Wasn’t motivated that day and had a pretty short ride and those two skills sessions happened on the way home. Stopped at two places. The first place i did a few attempts on wheelies and it went better than it usually do, but i have a pretty long way ahead of me before i get them to work. I stopped at another spot and did some more wheelies and also tried a few endos.

The endos felt ok, did not get that high though. Did more attempts with the wheelie and i have some issues to work out. I need to find a gear setting that works for me. I need to stop using my arms to pull up. And i need to get better in general when it comes to balance.

My biggest issue though is that i don’t have enough of those skills sessions. I need to do them more often. And i need to do it a lot more when i have a session. Not just do some half assed attempts for a few minutes. I need proper sessions where i try things for a while. At least an hour maybe for each session, and have a few of those each week. Would be nice to get at least two of those sessions each week. Regardless if its skills on my bikes or on my boards.


Out riding again

First the spring kind of came to where i live with pretty warm days. Then it all changed and the temperature dropped to really low numbers. This messed me up a bit. I am really bad at handling the cold, or my body is. Always get to a state where i feel sick. That happened last week and my last ride that week was my BMX test. Which was pretty short and slow.

Three days without any riding at all just to get some rest. The cold temperatures is still here but i got a pretty decent ride yesterday. The hail that came during my ride was not pleasant but the rest of the ride felt pretty good. I am planning to get out riding today as well. Not sure if it will be on one of my bikes or if i am going to take the mountainboard. Will choose when i get home.


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.


New handlebars

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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.


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.


Dirt Jump Track – Kråkberget

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There is a dirt jump track inside Kråkberget, a military training ground and a place where the local moto enduro club have their practice. This dirt jump track has been there for years. And on and off, there seems to be people riding and working on it. And sometimes nothing happens for a long time. Someone started working on jumps there last summer.

There are some interesting stuff there, but the place needs a lot of work. I have had some thoughts about fixing things. Will see what happens this summer when i have a bit more time. Nice place anyway, and pretty close to where i live. Nice to have somewhere to go with my dirt jump bike when i just want to ride and improve my skills.

One thing that would have been cool would be to build a pump track thing there too. If thats possible. But thats a lot of work for one person.


A short trials session

First day since i started riding again a few weeks ago where it wasn’t fun being out. I guess the biggest reason for that is the day i had yesterday. Was really active with a lot of stuff the whole day and i guess i was still tired today. And with that i had no motivation.

Had a short test run though. Put some “new” pedals on the bike and went out to see how it felt. Did some track stand practice and some practice getting up on things and dropping of.The pedals are nice. I already knew that. They were on my trail bike before. New pedals on its way for my trail bike so i moved the old ones to my dirt bike. To get better grip than my earlier did.

My body did feel up to the ride so i cut it short and decided to have a rest day. Hoping to have a good day on my dirt bike tomorrow. Some stuff i want to test.


Dirt bike session

I had my first ride of the year on my dirt bike.

The biggest reason for this test was to see how my body reacted to riding my dirt bike, both during the ride and after. As a test to see how “bad” things really are. I guess it it the same for most people, but i feel that it takes a lot more out of your body riding a dirt bike. You are standing up all the time and put more pressure on legs and arms. Mostly legs but arms too for me considering the lack of core strength.

Things were pretty much as i expected. Didn’t take long before my legs and my arms felt tired. And despite a shorter session today, my legs and arms hurt more after and felt a lot more tired.

I already knew that i have a lot of basic workout to do, to get in shape. I need to improve my strength a lot. Thats problably the biggest issue at the moment and especially my core strength and upper body strength. My legs are not as bad and they are easier to get fit. I just need to ride my bike as much as possible. Core strengt and upper body strength is a bit more complicated, for me anyway. I never seems to get much of that part when riding my bikes. so i need to do other things.

Was nice anyway to have a ride on my dirt bike early on. I am planning to have atleast one session a week on my dirt bike. Maybe two sessions a week if i can make it work, and i have as many sessions a week as i have had this week. Could be less bike sessions per week if i need to have more serious strength training done.