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Mastering Mountain Bike Skills Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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"Brian Lopes skills are on the highest level in all the different disciplines and niches of the mountain biking world, whether it's 4 X, downhill, or cross country. Everybody can learn something from him to improve skills and techniqueseven I have!" Hans Rey Extreme biking pioneer 1999 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee "I have been racing against and riding with Brian Lopes for many years, and I can't think of anyone better to learn mountain bike skills from. He is the most competitive and well-calculated racer in the pack. You will definitely get faster doing what he says." Steve Peat 2004 World Cup champion British mountain bike legend
Detailed technical instruction for cross-country, downhill, mountain cross, free riding, dirt jumping, and urban terrain from top pro mountain biker Brian Lopes.See all Product description
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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.
I was especially happy to see sections on downhill mountain biking as this is mostly what I want to learn and eventually master!
Perfect service from Reuseabook, delivery was before the estimated date and the book arrived in excellent condition. I would definitely use them again.
I think the book would be great for both adults and children and would make a good present for anybody looking to improve their MTB skills!
The book is beautifully laid out, instructions are sharp and clear and the language used is simple and easy to understand. Covering everything from choosing which bike to things I will ever have the ability or courage to try, this bike is a complete guide to improving your enjoyment of mountain biking. I can honestly say that my riding has come on so far since making this purchase, highly recommended by an initial sceptic!
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Great price off of amazon. Bought used. Ex libary in great condition.