Have you ever taken a bike clinic or are your skills self taught?

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  1. blindman_22

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    keep an eye on your email. he'll probably reschedule the date. i guess it'll give you more time to heal your wrist.
     
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    It's hard to tell. We may get lucky--the rain might not hit until Sunday. Here's what the National Weather Service says:

    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
    225 AM PDT FRI MAR 18 2011

    CAZ042-043-048-050-055>058-060>062-190000-
    ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS225 AM PDT FRI MAR 18 2011

    ...A STORM SYSTEM WILL IMPACT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUNDAY NIGHT AND
    MONDAY...

    A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ORIGINATING FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL
    SLOWLY DIG SOUTHWARD ALONG THE WEST COAST THROUGH SUNDAY. A WEAK
    SHORT WAVE WILL MOVE THROUGH ON SATURDAY BRINGING A CHANCE OF MOSTLY
    LIGHT PRECIP...MAINLY TO THE NORTHERN AREAS. THE MAIN UPPER LEVEL
    TROUGH AND ASSOCIATED SURFACE COLD FRONT WILL ROTATE THROUGH
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE SUNDAY EVENING INTO MONDAY.

    ALTHOUGH TIMING OF THE PRECIPITATION IS STILL SOMEWHAT
    UNCERTAIN...THIS SYSTEM WILL LIKELY BRING RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW
    ACROSS THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...WITH SHOWERS
    POTENTIALLY LINGERING INTO LATE TUESDAY MORNING.

    PRELIMINARY RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY
    EVENING ARE...AROUND 1.00 TO 1.25 INCHES WEST OF THE
    MOUNTAINS...1.00 TO 2.50 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
    AMOUNTS ON THE SOUTH FACING COASTAL SLOPES...AROUND 0.25 TO 0.50
    INCH IN THE HIGH DESERT...AND AROUND 0.25 INCH OR LESS IN THE
    LOWER DESERTS. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL START OUT AROUND 5000 FEET
    ELEVATION ON SUNDAY MORNING...INCREASING SLIGHTLY SUNDAY EVENING IN
    WARM AIR ADVECTION AHEAD OF THE FRONT...THEN DROPPING TO 4500 TO
    5000 FEET ELEVATION BY LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW AMOUNTS WILL BE
    HIGHEST IN THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS WITH INITIAL ESTIMATES OF UP
    TO ONE FOOT ABOVE 7000 FEET AND 3 TO 6 INCHES DOWN TO AROUND 5000
    FEET.

    STRONG GUSTY ONSHORE WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS WILL
    ACCOMPANY THE FRONT STARTING SUNDAY AFTERNOON. GUSTY SOUTH TO
    SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP SUNDAY AFTERNOON AHEAD OF THE COLD
    FRONT...THEN TURN WESTERLY MONDAY MORNING. WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH
    WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE. WINDS WILL DIMINISH LATE MONDAY
    NIGHT.

    ROADWAYS WILL BE SLICK AND FOG...SNOW...AND BLOWING SNOW MAY REDUCE
    VISIBILITY AT TIMES THE MOUNTAINS. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.
    STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/SANDIEGO...OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES.
     
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    i checked a few different weather sites and all indicated rain tomorrow.
     
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    Forecast calls for showers this evening into tomorrow AM. Fingers crossed, eye out, ears open...
     
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    i'm fine either way. btw.. what's up with the group picture from sycamore? you and banshee look awefully friendly. lol
     
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    HAHA! Funny! I am 99% sure no seat post was exposed during the shooting of that photo! :lol:
     
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    great clinic. learns tons and did things i didn't think i would be able to do (although i didn't do them well)
     
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    Tony.. don't worry you did pretty good compared to me.
    i went OTB twice at super slow speed down rocket, and i washed out at the top also coz i went a lil too fast( left leg was crampping up).
    by the time i came down rocket, both of my legs are SHOT.

    my body from the fall dont really hurt that much but both of my legs are still crampping even 4 hours after the classs.. this sucks ~

    ~Ming
     
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    You guys all did great, especially Tony and Jack for doing it while recovering with serious wrist injuries--you guys are hardcore! And Ming, you are a champ--you did great on the 2nd rock garden section of Rock It and way to hang in there with those cramps. The class this time around did much better than the guys the first time I took it. It was a pleasure to meet you guys--a great group of nice guys; nice to see guys like you out there on the trails! There are some jerks out there. I hope you all enjoyed the clinic, despite its challenges. Try to get out there soon and practice some of the things Joe talked about today--I didn't do enough of that the first time around while it was fresh; I'm going to try to make sure to do that this time.
     
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    thanks guys. it was nice meeting you guys. i think what really did some of us in was when we were punching it hard to get to the sections he wanted to teach us at. by the time we got there i was pretty much spent. i got to admit though, joe's clinic does build up some confidence. i don't think i would have ever tried to ride up that big rock. as for going down it, i'm not even sure what happened. rockit was nuts. pictures don't do it justice. can't wait to go back and tackle it one section at a time.
     
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    Great class everyone. Joe definitely will make you do things you haven't tried before...like Tony said ^...I would have never tried to go up that rock before. It was also great meeting you John and Ming. Sucks that you cramped up Ming, but good job on rock it. Anytime you guys want to go back and practice the stuff, let me know.
     
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    he went over some "basic skills" (manual and trackstand). from there he showed us how to apply these techniques in various situations. there are more things, but i'll let folks find out for themselves by attending the clinic. i plan on going back sometime in the future.

    mike - the sound that your bashguard made was crazy. i thought for sure you broke something. thanks for the side tips. definately will hit you up to play on the various sections of the trail
     
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    It was a great clinic and very nice to meet some of you guys in person. Picked up a few tricks, but being off the bike for three weeks didn't help my stamina a bit! My legs are hurting so bad today I can barely walk. John and Ming, you guys need to come out and ride with us! No more excuses for you not to ride Rockit next time, Tony. And...I want to ride like Mike!!
     
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    It was a trail riding clinic put on by Joe Lawwill. Joe covered basics like trackstands and manuals and how those can be helpful and applied in trailriding, then he had us apply those skills on the trail. We rode up Cholla and down Rock It and out Coyote (Aliso & Wood Canyon). The class was supposed to go from 8am to 12pm but wound up going until 2pm. Last time I took it it went to 1:30pm. It helped me finally "get it" and I was able to clean the rock garden sections on Rock It during the class for the first time, and although I didn't quite get the next big obstacle--"The Rock" on Rock-It, I think I know what to do next time.

    I had already learned how to clean Cholla, but I did learn something there and in some other sections of the trails that I didn't realize--how to ride them better, what gear to be in, etc. I just wish it wasn't raining so I coud go back out there at lunch and ride it again!

    Although I am really sore today--are you guys sore? It was a long day, but I don't remember ever being this sore before. I know Joe says I was pulling up too much when manualling, so that's probably what it is because most of the soreness is in my back and between my shoulder blades--my upper body, but my legs are sore too--especially my hamstrings. I did do a lot of riding last week, so my legs might just need a break, but my upper body soreness was a big surprise.

    I want to be like Mike too, Jack! Way to go, Mike--you tried and succeeded at just about everything Joe threw at us! I'm going to give a couple of those new lines a shot next time I ride it; hopefully I don't eat it, but I think I know how to do it sensibly.
     
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    What rock are you guys talking about? The rock that you manual over in order to get up a steep 6 foot high section of pedaling?

    The rock at 0:32 in this video?
    http://vimeo.com/6113201
    [vimeo]6113201[/vimeo]
     
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    Haha! Thanks John! I had a lot more confidence on Saturday because of Joe. He is seriously a ninja on his bike. It was amazing just to follow him down the trail and see all the stuff he was pulling off. You did awesome on all the sections too. Great Work! Thanks for being such a great sport and going first at everything. :)

    A D -
    Yeah, thats the line. My buddy showed me that line before but I never had the guts to attempt it until Joe's class. It was the first time I made it up the 6ft section that immediately follows. :bang::bang:
     
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    #-oUmmm, yeah...but it doesn't look like that when I ride it...

    That definitely looks like the line to me now; I never saw it before. The first time I took the class, Joe showed that line too but I just chalked it up to being 'crazy' and something I'd never attempt. Now it just seems more logical than the way I've been trying, although I'd like to master both lines.

    It's funny how, at least for me, your perception changes over time--as I guess your ability or knowledge increases, or fear subsides; I'm not sure exactly what it is, to be honest.
     
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    I should've given it a shot, but I was already pretty pooped at that point. Once it opens back up, I will give it a whirl and I'm thinking I'll give that alternate line up Cholla a try as well and that other line on Rock-It where you go straight instead of hang left and go over the ledge after the rock gardens section.
     
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    stay to the right and hang tight to the left... im gonna go borrow the body armor from my friend so i can attempt those lines... joe makes it look soo easy!
     

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