How Often do You Fall?

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#1
Sometimes I wonder if I push a little to hard. I usually fall about once and hour. Almost always on hills. How often do ya'all fall?

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falling is a needed result of not doing some thing correctly, it sucks but is fact.

how often you fall is important but what is more important is that you don't fall trying or doing the same thing over and over again.
if you do this then i would change what your doing, it will bite ya.

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#3
I find I fall when I push myself a little bit to hard but you have to push yourself that hard if you want to get better.
 

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#4
Same here. I tend to crash a lot when I'm trying to keep up with an expert enduro rider. I can keep up as long as I take every corner absolutely spot on. But in trying to go at that speed, I often clip a tree or hit the wrong rut and go down. It is good practise though. My speed has increased a lot lately :).
 
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#5
i very rarely fall
but right now i only trailride (just found a free mx track near here, YES!)
i'll be flying around a loss packed wide corner thinking, if i fall, i hit a tree, hit my bike, or hit water.
bad bad bad

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never screw up
 

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I always tell people that if you don’t fall you’re not riding as fast as you can since you’re not pushing your limits.

With that said, I rarely fall ;)


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I usually fall one to three times per weekend. However, I've only had three races that I don't remember falling in. However, every year I've been faster than the last and fallen less. This year I've had a few problems trying to go to fast since the top tier of pro's I race against begin the race at an immediately higher pace. My strength is in the middle laps, after I get comfortable and before I get tired.

Wardy's right, figure out why you fall and correct it. I had to conciously train my brain to lean my body less while turning and to stand whenever possible and squeeze.

[This message has been edited by Smitty (edited 04-04-2001).]
 
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Falling for me is very rare. I ride as fast as I can go, always. I sometimes look like #4 because if the bike goes sideways or I am about to crash I hang on and ride it out. I once was riding 4th gear wide open in 4 inches of slippery snow. I hit a rut and slide sideways. I went down the trail at 50mph with the bike almost perpendicular to the trail. Then it kicked and I was all over the place, but I hung on.

I mainly crash in turns. The berms on my track sometimes give out, or I place the tire too high on them. I did that about 6 times last year. It is minor, it just lands on its side and I jump away.
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The one on top is one of those crashes.

The only other thing that makes me crash is wet logs at an angle to the trail. They always kick my front tire out. I try to wheelie over them but there is very little traction in most places I ride.

Any time you crash just remember how it happened. Try to determine the exact things you did that may have made it happen. Then fix your problem.

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I fall almost everytime that i ride, even if i'm not really riding hard. It's a part of the ride, kind of like the reason skis have bindings. Some one said to me if you are not falling, you arent pushing yourself. I fall most of the time when arm pump comes and i'm stating to suck wind.

I also find it reasuring for some reason when i see pro riders fall on videos. Makes you feel like you not the onlyone and that even the best take some big spills...

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Saratoga

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Falling and pushing yourself are not dependant on each other. You can push hard and not make a mistake big enough to cause a crash. As you gain more skill, you fall less. Falling means you made a mistake, mistakes are bad. Don't try to turn that into a positive.

By the way, I do crash. I have more money into protective gear than...

[This message has been edited by Saratoga (edited 04-06-2001).]
 

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Originally posted by Smitty:
I had to conciously train my brain to lean my body less while turning and to stand whenever possible and squeeze.

[This message has been edited by Smitty (edited 04-04-2001).]
That is my mantra while riding......

Lean the BIKE
Stand UP
Squeeze w/ KNEES

I still fall though.

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#13
I fall maybe once in three hours (more often in pretty deep snow, those ruts just throw you wherever), and it's always either the front wheel washing out in a corner or the rear sliding out.
 

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I usually fall unloading my bike from the truck :p then trip over the cooler into some cactus ;)

Really I manage to eat some dirt at least once a ride. Last week I plowed a rock with the left foot peg in third gear and it sent the back end and me flying. Smashed the mount all the way up to the engine. A large hammer is always in my tool box. I always say if your not crashing your're going to slow. :p then I stand by and watch as you go by while I'm picking up[ my bike :o

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#15
OK - I admit it - I fall in the corners a lot - especially right handers... yuck. But it's one of my goals this season to get better at corners... :)

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