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Date: 2009-06-10 22:22:12 Direct Link: Harsh realization.....   Reply

 well, i feel like crap.....

for one, i was about to go for a ride, about 10 minutes ago. now its raining...

and for two. i got no air. zero hang time. no matter how fast or hard i pedal, i dont get high enough to try new tricks. im strong as hell, i know how to do the tricks, i know have the skill level, i have great technique, im a super smooth rider. but i dont have any ups.

and i found out why. it wasnt some big mysterydidnt take much time to figure out. just a little bit of math confirmed my theories...

i assume the average rider weight is approximately 150 to 175 correct? and their bikes are typically 25 lbs.(most newer bikes are anyway.) now thats a combined weight of 175 lbs to 200 lbs. give or take 10lbs for however out of shape you are.

now I am a whopping 340 or 350 lbs. no shit. im built like a fuckin brick wall. not saying im buff, im definitely fat, but do work out and am very strong. and my bike is approximately 45lbs. literally, its built for strength, and like me, it can probably toe a car...

now thats about 195 lbs......EXTRA!?.......yes, thats 195lbs MORE than a typically rider. Total combined weight for me and my bike runs around 395lbs.

no wonder i cant get off the fucking ground its a god damn miracle that i can even fucking walk much less find a bike that can sustain that kind of abuse. i gotta loose some of this fuckin weight~!!



just wanted to share my harsh realization with you guys. lol now do you guys get why im such a brand loyalist for Standard Bykes? i break every other companies parts. they are the only ones ive never broken anything from.



Companies i feel require props for enabling people like my fat ass to continue riding with out spending a fortune on parts each week:

Standard (frame, bars, forks, stems.)

Odyssey (tires, rims, brakes)

Araya (double wall rims- definitely need props.)(soon ill be switching out for ody midways though.)

Primo (pedals, seats, chain tens.)(ill be switching my pedals out for some ody ones as well.)

Profile (cranks, sprockets, hubs)



new bike will apparently be standard/ody/profile. ha...weird


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Date: 2009-06-11 14:04:36 Direct Link: Re: Harsh realization.....   Reply

Definitely losing weight is an option, but not a necessity. Learn to use your extra weight to your advantage. If you have some good pumping technique, that extra weight can turn into extra momentum, including upwards. I myself weight almost 250, so not quite as much as you, but still a lot compared to typical young whipper-snappers, and I have no trouble getting height. Speed is your friend. You say you're smooth, but don't have ups. Being smooth usually refers to how you land after getting said ups, so I'm not sure what you mean by this. Find a nice fly out, and just practice going faster, and pumping the ramp harder until you start to get some height.

Can you bunny-hop? If so, how high? Getting air off a jump isn't all that dissimilar from bunny-hopping, so if you can hop, you can jump. I'd work on getting as much height on bunny-hops as you can, then take it to ramps.


- Nick Busey

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Date: 2009-06-11 22:18:04 Direct Link: Re: Harsh realization.....   Reply

aside from weight, i can go faster(but i already have to go way faster than everyone else to do the same stuff.)

 

I think i might need to work on my pumping. but theres a bmx race track out by my house, i can catch up with all my friends with out pedaling just by pumping, if i pedal and pump i start getting air but i also take off and they cant keep up lol. theres where that extra weight can help, like in whoops.

 

i mean smooth as in i rarely case, what i can pull i make look easy and pull cleanly, find good lines, i just dont get much hieght off the jumps. i seem to get the most air off of wedges.

 

yep i can bunny hop, not really high though. generally the faster i go the higher i can get. i practice daily and theres signs of improvment though.

 

but just like you said, i need to spend more time on a flyout at a park. thatll help me loose weight and get more air lol.


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Date: 2009-06-20 23:13:06 Direct Link: Re: Harsh realization.....   Reply

 youll be happy to hear that there is hope yet for me. ive made great improvments. ive examined my bunny hops, they are starting to change which is allowing me to get higher.

 

the other day i went to the skate park, i spent 80 % of time spent riding in the bowl working on my pumping techniques. and theres been a huge improvement. im getting much much higher and going much faster with each pump.

but as anyone who rides bowls often knows, this wears you down alot. im deffinately paying for it, i have 4 strained muscles. lol. all of which are centered around my left shoulder area. but i am getting much more comfortable with this park, with riding bowls, and staying in the air longer.


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Date: 2009-06-22 09:11:13 Direct Link: Re: Harsh realization.....   Reply

Great to hear! There's always something to work on to improve your riding. Try bunny-hopping switch footed, or riding the pools switch footed, then carve and air things opposite for a while (switch-foot and regular). It'll probably feel really awkward, but once you go back to your normal way of riding it'll feel way easier.

Keep it up, have fun!


- Nick Busey

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Date: 2009-06-22 13:28:27 Direct Link: Re: Harsh realization.....   Reply

ive been playing around with the switch footed riding here lately. havent tried anything like bunny hops or anything just kinda changing my stance while im riding around for comfort, but ill deffinately give that a try next time i go ride.


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