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new oils collection

posted Apr 30, 2017, 7:16 PM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 7:16 PM ]

The Flat Pedal Revolution

posted Aug 9, 2014, 2:55 PM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Aug 9, 2014, 3:48 PM ]

An article written by James Wilson, www.bikejames.com , on riding flat pedals. It is not debunking clipless pedals, but you have a choice, and you can ride well on flats, and possible enjoy your riding more.

Can be a bit of a heavy read, plenty of technical stuff if you want to verify to yourself that riding in flats is okay.
I didn't need much convincing to convert to flats. Having ridden clipless for years doing triathlon I was "in" on clipless until I started riding mtb;
  • I was forever clipping out to get through trail obstacles
  • I was forever anticipating when I should clip out
  • I had countless falls both moving and from still position
  • Every fall/crash meant the bike came with me
  • I developed a painful knee
  • Mud and clipless cleats DO NOT GO well together
Move to flats
  • smile on my dial and more confidence on the trail
  • could still ride hills no problems
  • could demount, navigate an obstacle and ride off again much quicker than in clipless
  • could bail the bike and stay on my feet to avoid many crash potentials that would have meant me + bike in a tangle
  • hike-a-bikes are much easier
  • my feet are more comfortable
  • I can ride my bike socially in normal shoes

Click the pdf attachment to view.

I will try to reproduce the article in document form.

flat pedal techniques

posted Jul 22, 2014, 12:51 PM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Jul 22, 2014, 12:51 PM ]

youtube techniques vid

Shoe, Pedal and Foot Placement Tips for Flat Pedals

MTB tips.com

posted Jul 21, 2014, 7:33 PM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:33 PM ]


Aussie tips website, lots of vids

MTBskills Australia

posted Jul 7, 2014, 2:26 AM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Jul 12, 2014, 2:38 AM ]

Go to this website for the latest array of mountain bike skill courses these guys have to offer.

I will try & post local training dates on the race calendar.

Upskill Your Bike Skills

posted Jul 2, 2014, 1:44 PM by Guy O'Neill   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 1:44 PM ]

Why? Confidence, that's why!

When you are more confident with your skills on the mtb then you reduce the amount of effort and energy to get your bike around the course and put more of that effort and energy into more important aspects of your day such as Navigating.

MTB skills will save you loads of energy, you will ride smoother which equals faster, which equals LOTS of FUN.

I am not a skilled enough MTB rider to go about giving written advice, but I do have a few suggestions on going about becoming more skilled.

Essentials to upskill;
  • cornering skills
    • up and down hill
  • descending skills
    • particularly steep loose surface descents
  • rock and root garden riding
Essential bike maintenance skills;
  • flat tyre fixes (both changing tubes/tyres and repairing punctures)
    • yes, carry a repair kit, I had a race where before the race even started I damaged the valve on my tyre tube inflating it just before the starters gun, to then find that both my spare tubes also had holes (probably wear holes from tools in my saddle bag) leaving me no option other than repairing both spares to get me through the race.
  • chain break fixes
  • what to do if the hanger breaks
Upskill resources;
  • IMB online bike magazine has a regular technique section both written and in video format
  • MTB Skills Australia conduct skill workshops around the country
  • join a riding group and discuss your riding hot-spots and there will always be someone willing to give you some advice on how they handle the situation
  • Youtube, search for specific biking skills, there a range of instructors who post regular instructional videos, watch them, visualise them, then go and practice
  • Practice. 
    • Yes, you have to practice.
    • Substitute a long trail session for a skill practice session. Find a section of trail to for example practice cornering, and do the sequence of corners over & over & over... you will improve! 

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