Tag: mountainboard

Spot hunting and skills practice

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Saturday session. Was out riding for about four hours, but most of that time was spent hunting for decent riding spots. It is annoying how difficult it is around these parts to find good practice spots, especially for my mountainboard. I want a good spot that offers a pretty large area, a bit of a slope, and flat surface. Don’t really matter if its dirt, gravel or grass. Just that i can ride without avoiding holes, rocks and other stuff, and where i can do big carving and practice stopping with the mountainboard.

I did look for spots for mountain biking as well. More technical stuff. Stuff like trials, jumping and other similar stuff. There are some trails that are ok around here, but it is not easy to find an area which is suitable for practicing the more technical stuff in a safer way. To have a session just practicing stuff like track stands, wheelies, manuals, bunny hops, jumping and more. To have a place where one goes to practice and not to ride trails. Found one place that works for some of it, but i did not find a decent spot for more trials like riding.

Maybe i will find some decent place soon.

Got some practice at least. Did some jumping with the mini jump i built a while ago. Did a small session with it and it felt pretty ok. A bit small though and i am considering to start using the larger one i built. Its not much larger so it should be a good step up for me. And i did a trials test on a rock which was a bit to weird for me and i could not fix that one properly. Don’t have the balance yet to do stuff like that. Difficult part was the gap between the road and the rock. But i want more practice like that and i will continue to look for good spots.


Friday session

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I finally got out on a pretty decent ride with my montainboard. Was nice to see how it felt riding it with balance and control. The area where i did my riding is very limited and not the best place to practice but it was good enough for this session. Its a place where the farmer has his cows during summer and its very uneven, and has a lot of stones and weird holes everywhere. Really dangerous to ride outside the trail that i was on. No decent room for carving and learning how to stop.

The good things about this session was that i got to stand on the board, ride for a while, do some minor carving and test some jumping. Looks good for the future. All i need now is a better spot to practice on. I really need to practice the stopping part. Feel so limited when i don’t have that part down.


Mountainboarding

I bought my mountainboard during the spring of 2015 with the purpose of having an option to riding bikes. A lot of it came due to a neck injury i have had since around 2006 and which have affected my life a lot, making things like biking difficult. I have discovered though that biking does not affect my neck injury in a bad way, that was the type of work i did before that messed things up. I have a job now that does not affect my neck injury at all.

Anyway, since the purchase of my mountainboard i have been trying to find spots where i can practice. Getting the basics down. But so far i have not been able to find a nice open area with lots of room and smooth surface where i can learn how to stop and other things. Not having a drivers license and a car makes things a lot more difficult. There are some trails nearby which could work for riding when i get better at it. But i have not found a place thats close enough so i can walk or mount the board to a bike.

It would be nice and probably crucial to have a spot like that. A nice mellow hill or some other grass och dirt area where the speeds aren’t too crazy. One where i can learn carving, different methods of stopping, and just get more familiar with the board.

There is no need for the board for the reasons that existed when i bought it. But i like the idea of mountainboarding and its also fun to have something that is an action sport but not a bike. I have my mountain bike, my bmx and my dirt jump bike but those are similar in so many ways. The mountainboard offers fun riding while being different in many ways. And I think its a good way to practice balance, movement, flexibility and more. And a different way to deal with some issues that have come since my injuries.

I am going to make another attempt this summer to get things going. First finding some spot which i can use. Who knows, maybe i will have more luck this time?


Thoughts about the different sports

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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.


My first session with the mountainboard

At the same time i went out to test my old hardtail as a freeride bike, i brought my mountainboard with me to have a test. Felt pretty ok riding it when i found places to ride.

The military training ground i visit regularly with my mountain bikes are a fun place but not suited for my mountainboard. Half the area is filled with huge rocks and other annoying things which makes riding impossible. The other half is loose sand and rideable in some small areas. Atleast usually but this year there have been a lot of military vehicles driving around making deep and wide tracks. And the local motocross/enduro club have started to use more of the area than before.

So this place is not an alternative for my mountainboarding. I need to find other spots that works a lot better. And until then there will be a paus in my mountainboard riding. Hopefully it wont take to long finding a spot that works so i can start practice.