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Mountain Biking Tricks and Techniques [Paperback]

Martyn Ashton , Robin Kitchin
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1 April 2010
"Mountain Biking Tricks and Techniques" is the definitive guide to riding a mountain bike. Within its pages, you will find everything you need to know from the basics of how to balance on a bike right through to how to back flip one giving aspiring riders the skills they need to be a better biker - whatever type of riding they do. Your guide is Martyn Ashton, a man who's spent nearly 20 years at the top of the UK scene, and the book is beautifully illustrated throughout by photographer Robin Kitchin. Martyn's guide to mountain biking skills takes you from first principles to professional moves in ten chapters, with each trick described in enthusiastic detail and illustrated with images that are both inspirational and educational. This is not a book for showing off: the techniques are the building blocks for all your riding, giving you the skills you need to make yourself a more complete biker.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cordee (1 April 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1904207642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904207641
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martyn Ashton is a legend in the UK mountain biking community. Originally a cross-country racer, Martyn came from a motorbike trials background. "I loved how I could use this bike to attack obstacles that had never been possible on the push-bikes I'd ridden before", he says, and that love spawned a career: he's been a professional trials rider since 1993. Martyn is currently riding for the Ashton Diamondback trials team and touring the UK. He's a World Expert Biketrials champion and four time British champion, as well as holding the Bike High Jump world record. He was inducted into the Mountain Biking UK Hall of Fame in 2008.

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By Splossy
Of all the books and DVDs available that explain MTB and trials techniques, this is possibly the best at actually TEACHING them to the average guy on a bike. What is unusual is how the author starts with the very basics and encourages you to learn these well by very simple exercises that you can do in the local parking lot. He then builds upon these and joins them up so you can master the more complex tricks. Unlike other resources, the book is not just a collection of tricks and their explanations - it's a course taking you from zero to (hopefully) hero. It seems that even this master of the sport has done this sort of training rather than just magically picking up complex moves overnight which is kind of how you think of these guys. Obviously he has immense physical talent but I'm guessing that he also has a talent for breaking things down and working out how to crack the hard moves.

Martyn's writing is a bit of a mixed bag. He comes over very well indeed IMO - like he really wants you to take the same joy of mastering physical movements and skills that he obviously does. He's not trying too hard to write in some slick, annoying men's magazine style but is lightly humorous and encouraging. What is not so good is the punctuation and grammar. This might seem like a pedantic thing to pick up on but more than once I've had to read and re-read lines out loud in order to work out what he's actually saying because ill-placed commas and badly constructed sentences have mislead me as to the true meaning of the words. It's very noticeable. Some words are even spelled wrong entirely. He might be a wicked bike rider and not a master of English grammar - fair enough. But I would have thought any editor worth his or her salt would have picked up on this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for building skills 11 Nov 2013
This book is exactly what the arthur states on the cover "a step-by-step guide to building techniques" that will help your riding and allow you to do tricks if that is your thing. He gives some very helpful insights into learning specific skills like wheelies, bunny hops, etc. He then build on these skills to advance to more difficult tricks and techniques. I have no interest in learning tricks but love the fact that most of the skills are just as applicable for the trails.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Biking Tricks and Techniques 18 Jan 2014
By Val
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This is a very clear and enticing book which I bought for my son's Christmas present. He was very pleased with it, hence the five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 3 Feb 2013
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A Good Read but doesn't have enough way's too help me learn Mountain Bike Trial's so cover's too big a spectrum in Mountain biking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book from an amazing author. 3 Mar 2014
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The book is fun to read, and reinforces the notion that Mr. Ashton is probably very good company. The tips and explanations are clear and do the amazing feat of making some very difficult tricks accessible. Moreover, these tricks inject a new element to riding, an element which enhances both enjoyment and ability. Reading this book even changes how one watches riding videos! And the book is full of great pictures, so it's fun to just flip through and look at, too. This reader only regrets not getting the book sooner, and wishes its author all the best in his life's newest chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book 6 Feb 2013
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This book is incredible. I have MANY books on Mountain bike, motorbike, skating techniques/know-how, and in terms of good substance/ quality advice, brilliant lay-out etc...this is possibly my favourite.
Written by an will not regret this purchase. Beautiful book with great information and pictures, etc.
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