Legendary athlete, Brian Lopes and his coauthor Lee McCormack released a second edition of the popular instructional guide in May of 2010. The new edition maintains the core objective of the first edition—improving mountain biking techniques—and expands on the content with information on pumping and braking techniques to increase speed in the turns, information on the newest bikes and equipment, and tips for completing advanced jumps and tricks. “Ask yourself how you want to ride your bike, ...
Brian Lopes continued his reign in the No. 1 spot with a fifth in a row Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:15.69. Brian Lopes, author of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, recently brought home his fifth-straight Air DH title at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park in Whistler, British Columbia.
Legendary mountain biker Brian Lopes discusses all things cycling in his interview with The Outspoken Cyclist. Download a free podcast of the interview here. The section with Lopes begins at 22min 40sec.
Hannula has coached four U.S. Olympic team swimmers, including Kaye Hall, Olympic- and world-record holder for the 100-meter backstroke. He has also coached numerous Olympic team members; World University Games swimmers; Pan American Games and World Championship swimmers; several U.S. national champions; and American record holders. He is an eight-time Olympic team coach, a six-time World Championship team coach, seven-time World Cup team coach, and four-time Pan American Games team coach.
Every bike manufacturer has a unique interpretation of mountain bike categories, but some universal types exist. Compared with the geometry of trail bikes, all-mountain bikes’ slacker geometry and more rearward position provide greater stability in the steep and rough. Most mountain bikes have 26-inch (66 cm) wheels.
Chances are he accomplishes these feats by strategically weighting and unweighting his bike. Depending on how fast you drop, the scale might go down to 50 pounds (23 kg) or even to 0 pounds. Check out the chapters on braking (chapter 4), cornering (chapter 5), hopping (chapter 6), pumping (chapter 7), and jumping (chapter 9). The following table also shows what happens when you use different weight in different situations.
But remember: Switchbacks are nothing more than tight, steep corners. When the rut carves a tight line across the inside, drop your rear tire into the rut and track your brakeless front tire around the outside of it. When the rut runs around the outside of a tight switchback, let your rear tire follow it and steer to the inside.