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Mastering Mountain Bike Skills [Paperback]

Brian Lopes , Lee McCormack
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736056246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736056243
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Detailed technical instruction for cross-country, downhill, mountain cross, free riding, dirt jumping, and urban terrain from top pro mountain biker Brian Lopes.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you'll learn something. 22 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
I've only been riding mountain bikes since this spring and a mate got me this for Christmas. I enjoy doing some off road stuff but most of what the book shows is well beyond what I'm likely to get into so I initially read it without expecting to get much out of it. Boy did I get a surprise. Within a week I'd managed to incorporate much of what is in the early chapters into my riding and I'm finding I've got a lot more confidence and am attacking the trail far more than I did before. As far as the later chapters go (jumping, dropping and such like) maybe one day it'll be something I want to look at but it's definitely fun to read about in the meantime.

As for the language, some of it is a bit Southern Californian but I managed to work my way round it. I'm still laughing about him suggesting that I might want to learn to "pump the backside".
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to learn for everyone 24 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book recently as I felt my MTB skills were somewhat lacking, particularly with regards to switchbacks, drop-offs and jumps. This book is well laid out, with fantastic photography, detailed instructions that are for once easy to follow in conjunction with the photographs. The book is also written with a huge element of humour, and I found myself laughing aloud at the comments and language. I have already gained some speed and control since reading this book, which in my humble opinion is an excellent addition to any mountain biker's library, whether you call yourself a cross country rider, a downhiller, weekend warrior or stunt king!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 July 2007
By Jonno
Format:Paperback
Ptretty much echo the comments of Phil and Gravity, this book is brilliant, I returned to biking after 12 years so not a beginner but a lot of it was wierd, that said I think that a novice could use this book very well, the vernacular elements no a major problem, suffice it to say doing a "dead sailor" sounds bad!! ( for the record I dont know what that is, but I hardly think that matters.
What does matter though is that the book tells the reader in good detail, stage by stage how to achieve the various manoueveres and skills..... and more its done with great humour and a sense of fun that is central to riding for me at least. I too laughed out loud.
Im not one for hero worship but Lopez is great (phoo you Lopez!) he conveys the spirit, the joy and necessary detail perfectly, I use it all the time and thouroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guidance for all styles of riding 29 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
If you only ever buy one mountain bike tuition book make sure that this is it. Ive only been riding just over a year and ive found every part of this book really useful. It covers loads of subjects, including everything from basic riding techniques to more complicated trials, jumping and racing topics. Its all very well laid out with lots of pictures and despite the opinion of some that it may be hard for beginners to understand due to jargon terms, I still class myself as a novice and had no problem understanding it. Besides, if there are any terms you are unsure of, there is always that wonderful invention, the internet, which is always willing and able to explain things to you....... ENJOY YOUR RIDING!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good MTB technique biased towards downhill 25 Mar 2009
By Splossy
Format:Paperback
This is a very worthwhile book on MTB technique/skills. I would say it is quite biased towards the downhill/jumping/slalom side of things, which isn't surprising considering Brian Lopes' background.

So you get lots of good information on cornering fast, jumping, drop-offs and general stuff involving unweighting the front wheel (wheelies, bunnyhops and other BMXy stuff). What you don't get is info on riding mud, roots, tricky uphill singletrack with mixed obstacles etc, or long distance trail riding, or fitness training.

The info you get is very good IMO. I certainly started to understand how the writers integrate dynamic loading and unloading with almost all their techniques to jump, corner harder, gain speed, increase traction and more. I'd not thought of it like this before and it's spot on.

The language is a bit "gnarly dude" hip but even an old codger like me understands what they are getting at.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful skills book 12 Oct 2009
By S. Gale
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First off, this has been a useful book and my mountain biking skills have definitely improved as a consequence of reading it. The first few chapters contained some great tips that I have already put to good use. The language used is unique and makes the reading easier and more enjoyable. I think it is all part of being a "biking dude" like Brian!

Don't be put off by the date of the book - the content is still very appropriate to today's riding and I was surprised to see that the bikes in the photos don't look dated.

The author clearly knows what he is talking about and his pedigree speaks for itself. But the book does concentrate on the downhill side of mountain biking and some of the later chapters were of less interest to me (the ones that involved jumping and turns on dirt tracks!). However, I am sure there are readers out there for whom this information is very relevant.

I was looking for a book that would cover the range of mountain biking skills and, for me, there are some elements missing from this book. For example, there is no information on route planning or navigation - essential skills for mountain bikers (although less relevant if you are a downhill racer). I was looking for the Mountain Biking equivalent to Libby Peter's book on rock climbing Rock Climbing: Essential Skills & Techniques - that contains the full range of skills and techniques for the sport.

All in all, this was a useful book and my skill level has improved as a consequence. This should not be underestimated and all credit to the authors for this. Thank you. However, it is not the ultimate mountain biking skills book and my search will continue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for beginners and for those wanting to refresh and hone skills.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Hirst
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For.
I've only been riding for 3 weeks and was looking for a book that would provide me with some techniques to learn, for me this book is perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carl Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase for MTBers
This is an essential purchase for any regular mountain biker. It really is for all levels of rider - I'm sure there pros out there that would learn something from this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
This is the only book iIv ever bought that dusnt work.
It will let you get three or four pages in then crash and return to the cover. Read more
Published 11 months ago by T. Newstead-bentham
5.0 out of 5 stars educational read
Helps a novice like me understand basic and more complex techniques, and get more enjoyment out of the sport with less pain learning the hard way.
Published 12 months ago by zooted
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible
This is it. The 3rd Testament. The only book you will ever need. in 100 years, they will be quoting this in School Assemblies and preaching the word of almighty McCormack/Lopes at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hmmmmmm, you did what?
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to advance your mtb skill
This is a great book. I accept some of the language is a bit 'jive' but that just adds to the smiles for me.

If you read this book, you will ride better.. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MingMong
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, a must have
One of the best books I have ever owned, it is detailed with great pictures and explanations, taking you through everything from why different mountain bikes are designed the way... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gianni
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for allmost all levels
Nice book if you want to go deeper in mountain bike skills. It has good examples and uses a lot of pictures explaining step by step all skill. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nikos
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to mountain bike skills guide
I have been riding for a few years and want to increase my understanding of the skills needed for mountain biking. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jayar
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