Tag: mtb

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.

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.

Oldschool Freeride

Went out for a ride yesterday to test my old hardtail to see if i can use it for some kind of freeride sessions. There is a military training ground in which also a local motocross/enduro club has their practice. This place has some interesting features but a lot of sand and it really messes with your bike. Especially during dry summers.

I bought my old hardtail 2010 and it is getting old. Some parts needs to be changed but the cost is to high, and not something i want to spend money on. There is annoying sounds coming from different parts of the bike and lubrication does not seem to help. Not very pleasant to hear on a longer ride or a commute. But the bike works pretty well as a play bike inside that military training ground. Not having to be careful with the bike makes it more fun and interesting. More stuff to try now with that in mind.

The frame geometry is not the most fun though. Cant go very low with the saddle which makes some descents a bit complicated. It has those rim brakes which are not that effective, something i noticed yesterday. But those things can be dealt with in some way. And its good practice. But an old XC bike is not really built for this kind of riding so i guess there will be some limitations. We’ll see what those might be.

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.

My old hardtail

I have an old hardtail that i bought in april, 2010. Its with 26 inch wheels and it has reach a point where i dont want to upgrade it anymore. Dont really feel that it would be worth it to buy parts for it.

I have been using it as a commute bike for the past year but annoying sounds are coming from the drive train making it impossible to ride like that anymore. I have tried fixing things with it but some parts are just getting really bad.

My idea is to use this as a bike for more crazy riding, where i dont really have to care what happens to the bike. I dont have to be careful with it even though i will try to do regular maintenance on it. It would be nice if it lasted a while longer giving me a bike for other types of riding.

I will take a test ride soon to see what can be done.

Three weeks

I have had three weeks of pretty good riding. Since the start april 2nd, i have had ten good rides. Thats more i got each month last summer and it feels really good. Another ride later today and more during the weekend. Feels like i am going to have more rides in april this year than i had for most of the summer last year.

Despite ten good rides, my body has not improved any yet which is a bit annoying. A slight change would have been enough but nothing yet. Hopefully i will feel some changes in the next few weeks. Would be nice to feel that i have more control over the bike than what i have. I will continue to ride as much as possible and try to challenge myself in different ways.

Have some ideas on things i want to do. More on those 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.

A pretty good start

I’ve had a pretty good start this spring. Still some annoying ups and downs but my ride sessions have been mostly good. This last saturday gave me some serious pain in my neck. That ride session wasn’t good for me regarding my neck injury. But most of the session went well beside that and was fun.

There have been several good sessions the past two weeks. With the best ones at last sunday and the sunday before that. Lots of technical riding and just getting back into riding. Getting as many good days as possible. And less of those bad day after.

Of those five sessions i have had so far only one gave me problems already during the ride. The other four went well the same day but gave me problems the day after. The biggest issue is the cold wind which affects both my neck injury and other things. Hopefully it will get warmer soon and i can have more of those good days with lots of riding.

Thoughts about my riding this year

Life really messes with you sometimes. I have been living with a neck injury since 2006, having constant pain around my neck and shoulders since then. I have tried getting things better but life don’t always play nice and i still have big problems with that injury. About two and a half years ago i slammed into a concrete floor messing up my ribs pretty bad and i still have problems with that injury, and in january this year i sprained the foot really bad and its still giving me issues. So three injurys are affecting my life.

Previous years things have been really difficult. Lots of other things making it hard to get better and to stay motivated. This year though things are slowly changing for the better. I am finally working with some fun and interesting stuff, which makes the rest of my life a bit easier. And i have started to do things to improve my health and to attempt making my injurys better. Small steps so far but i am doing something for once.

My previous seasons with Mountain Biking and other action sports have not been good. A few sessions here and there.

Started riding again last week. Got three decent sessions that week and i am getting more and more motivated. Fun to ride out in the woods with no other purpose than having fun. Bikes are my main way of transportation and i commute with my bike all year around. Regardless of weather. So i haven’t been completely passive regarding physical activities. But there are a lot of things to work on. I have gained a lot of weight. My strength, stamina and balance is really bad. I spend most of my days sitting in a chair working with a computer.

My plans for this year is to get my riding to a good level. To be out on a regular basis riding my bikes. I will try to train and do some rehab as well so i can deal with my injurys, my weight gain, and those other things. But the main focus will be on my riding. Being active with it and to have fun.