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    What do you do when...

    Mountain biking is so many different things to so many different people. Cross-country, Freeride, Downhill, All-Mountain, Trials, Cyclo...you get the point.

    My question to you all is simple...In every genre of mountain biking there are dangers and risk involved with each aspect of riding. What do you do when you get to something that you feel is dangerous, or might push you past your riding potential at that point?

    Do you:

    A> Man up, take a few runs at it and give it a shot...pain doesn't last.

    B> Stop, look at it and hope to one day be able to come back to it and own your fear.

    C> Shake your head, pick up your bike and go around it...continuing on your ride.

    D> Stop and look at the obstacle and complain that it shouldn't be there, then go home and blog about how horrible the people that made the obstacle are.

    E> Call all of your biking buddies and warn them of the sheer terror of the trail and swear to never go back...then get so fired up about the obstace that it ruins your afternoon.


    I'm just wondering what everyone else would do, I know what I'd do.

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    I listen to my inner self. If it just does not feel right, I will get off and walk.

    I have walked things that I have rode a bunch of times just because I had that feeling.

    If I don't have that feeling, then bombs away and see what happens.

    but, if you go, then go 100% or it will probably not turn out good.
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    Apparently, I will walk something if it comes down to it.

    I haven't walked anything in a long time, and have been hitting some bigger stuff.

    I went to Windrock yesterday, adn I walked tons of gap jumps and even some drops that I normally would have hit. I wasn't used to the drops out of nowhere onto sketchy landings above another drop. All of this while the trail is around 45 degrees with tons of boulders everywhere.

    I definitely hit some stuff that I was not comfortable with, but I took a look first, skipped it, and then hit it next run.

    I already have a list of things in my head to hit next time.

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    Ditto bent. A good example for me is the log-jump on Perimeter Red at Monty Bell. Sometimes can't wait (after warm-up). Sometimes don't feel exactly right. With the later, most times I opt out. It ain't worth diein' or gettin' broke-up over. Go with your gut.

    Additionally, if it's something that I haven't done, I prefer to watch someone else from entry and exit to get a feel for the technique.

    Ultimately, you gotta decide it's time and when you do, don't be tentative. Be in control, but not tentative. Tentative gets me in trouble.

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    I just close my eyes and hope for the best.....

    No seriously, Stupid Hurts. If I'm not 100% confident in my approach I won't hit it.

    And like others have said, COMMIT if your going to do it.

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    I learned from whitewater boating that the whole F@#$ it - huck it thing rarely works out very well. If you can't see your line and see yourself hitting that line...walk it. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try to progress, but you have to make sure you are riding within your ability. Whatever stunt/feature/line you walk today will be there the next time you ride. For me a little bit of fear is o.k., but when I get so gripped that I'm not having fun I start missing lines that I would normally make. So for me the main thing is to ask myself if I am still having fun...if the answer is no I walk it.

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    A, B or C, depending...

    Never D or E.

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    If I have to stop and look things over and think about it, chances are i'm not gonna hit it...that day. If I roll up on something I make a quick decision and either hit it or don't. Like BentCrank stated, I'll hit somethings some days and other days the same little jump might not feel right to me.

    having said all of that, if it's more than 3 feet I ain't hitting hit. My setup isn't conducive to huckin. Wheels cost too much so do broken bones. I was more brave when I had a 5" travel bike.

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    I'm digging the feedback!! It looks to me as if things are leaning towards common sense...if you can't do it...you won't...and if you can't and do it anyway, you're a dummy and it's on you!

    So...if there is something appears in your path and you aren't 100%....most will walk it.

    Keep em coming!
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    I normally just stop and watch Reed or Uzzi try it! Then I push my bike around the obstacle and keep riding!
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    I will usually check it out once or twice before hitting it. I busted twice on the wood plank jump at Lennox village yesterday because "my wife made me" she had a camera and wanted some footage of me and my boy riding. It was worth him laughing at me though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltakosmo12 View Post
    I will usually check it out once or twice before hitting it. I busted twice on the wood plank jump at Lennox village yesterday because "my wife made me" she had a camera and wanted some footage of me and my boy riding. It was worth him laughing at me though.
    Haha! It was great seeing you out there! We created a really smooth flowing line yesterday...we were in the process of clearing it when we met you. We're hoping to be back and working on the trail again asap...would love to show ya the new line. We are going to be linking it all and charting lines and the flow asap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCoop View Post
    I just close my eyes and hope for the best.....

    No seriously, Stupid Hurts. If I'm not 100% confident in my approach I won't hit it.

    And like others have said, COMMIT if your going to do it.
    Exactly bro...if you don't commit to the line, you're doomed!

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    Since I have been riding 29ers, I can go over a lot of stuff that I used to walk. It is a gut feeling from ride to ride. I know my comfort level and don't get out of it often. I do know this. Last year in an endurance race, I was on the ridgeline and didn't know the trail when I came to a drop thru a rocky area. I had no chance to bail and I rode it. I think, the bigger wheels helped, but with no time to react, I had to ride it and just did it on instinct. It's going to happen sooner or later when you are riding any new trail. Basically, I know when I need to walk and when I don't. I like keeping the rubber side down.

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    I usually get off and walk around it, planning on attacking it someday. If I ride a trail enough, then I'll get pissed off one day and go after it. I usually laugh at how easy some of the things are after I do them. I'm strange though. If I can't do something the first time I ride it, the obstacle will usually mess with my head for months. Of course races are different. There are some sections on the Snake Creek Gap 17 mile course that I would usually walk. On race day however, I usually get more bold for whatever reason.
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    I have an enormous health insurance deductible. I walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopdog View Post
    I have an enormous health insurance deductible. I walk.
    Smart...you see something that you are uncomfortable with...you stop and don't do it!

    Seems like everyone is smart enough to know their own limits...digging the feedback!
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    I started at B.
    B> Stop, look at it and hope to one day be able to come back to it and own your fear.

    After a few rides I was at A.
    A> Man up, take a few runs at it and give it a shot...pain doesn't last.


    After a few races with cracked ribs, knees, hands & fingers I went with E & wound up at C
    E> Call all of your biking buddies and warn them of the sheer terror of the trail and swear to never go back...then get so fired up about the obstace that it ruins your afternoon.
    C> Shake your head, pick up your bike and go around it...continuing on your ride.




    After a hiatus off the bike for a few months, I'm back to B.

    Never saw the need for D.
    D> Stop and look at the obstacle and complain that it shouldn't be there, then go home and blog about how horrible the people that made the obstacle are.
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    "B", as in brewskie?

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    I usually watch Cooper do it, realize that he is a bad arse bike handler, then I go around, feeling so satisified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    "B", as in brewskie?
    I like the way you think!
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