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Technique Tips from the Master,
This review is from: Mountain Bike Like a Champion: Master the Techniques to Tackle the Toughest Terrain (Paperback)Ned Overend is one of the most respected names in XC mountain bike racing, so a book on bike handling skills with his name on it is an excellent starting point. It is written in a relaxed, almost conversational style which entices you to keep turning the page.
Initially I was slightly disappointed on receiving the book as there are very few pictures accompanying the text. However, the text is very clear and only the more obscure techniques need and are illustrated with photos, for example Ned's weighting and body position during cornering.
The value in any manual of technique is in its successful application and here I found the format most useful: schedule training rides around the tips and drills contained in the book and then go back to it for more detail on handling skills that need attention. (If you are doing this correctly and concentrating you will find that the fitness element looks after itself!) I gained a real improvement in my bike handling skills after a first read and will be returning to the book regularily to build on it.
The section on winter training is especially valuable, laded with Ned's experience, and is a refreshing counter to the many overladen winter routines out there.
Buy It and Apply It - this is an excellent value book that will enhance your enjoyment on the bike.