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Bicycling Magazine's Mountain Biking Skills: Skills and Techniques to Master Any Terrain

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Bicycling Magazine's Mountain Biking Skills by Ben Hewitt has been fully revised and updated to provide enthusiasts with all the tactics, tips, and techniques they need to master any type of terrain.

Ride like a pro with help from the editors of Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines. Learn the most effective ways to handle tough terrain, steer clear of hazardous obstacles,
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Rodale Books (first published 2000)
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Some chapters were very helpful, others were aimed too much towards hardtails and/or front suspensions. Parts were repetitive as they were written by various authors and previously published in Mountain Bike or Bicycling magazines. Worth skimming for sections that apply to your local terrain, skill level, and type of bike.
Jun 11, 2008 Chad rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This, along with the "New Cyclist Handbook" was a great help for building skills and reminding me of things to look at/work on, since I haven't been on a bike in [mumble] years.
A great book of tips for the beginning mountain biker. Includes tips for getting past the beginner stage and learning to find your line and ride more confidently. Especially helpful were the tips for exercises and drills one can do off the trail to improve your skills, and a section on how to adjust the fit of your bike.
Hey wow dude attitude, but some very good info on setting up your bike. Also good advice on maintaining traction and riding loose. Never mentions 29ers?
Stephen Starr
Despite using some jargonesse, this is a good introduction for the new mountain biker
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Ben Hewitt writes and farms in Northern Vermont. His work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Skiing, Eating Well, Powder, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Bicycling, and many others. He lives with his wife and two sons in a self-built home that is powered by a windmill and solar photovoltaic panels. ...more
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