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    Clarky_two

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    Would like to go faster

    Post by Clarky_two on Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:28 pm

    Not a particular problem with a bike, although I would say maybe some people will ride quicker on a different bike to the one they ride?? I often talk to people who would like to ride quicker.... so I thought I would start a thread to help everyone who thinks "how can I ride quicker and also be safe"?

    So do you faster guys have some HELPFUL hints and tips for people who would like to go a bit quicker?

    A few tips to be able to ride faster or smoother - maybe smoother will make a rider ride faster.

    I am constantly telling myself to stand up wherever possible and be loose, look far ahead, don't grip the bars so much, rest when you can etc etc

    Some people are very happy with the pace that they ride at, and that's up to each individual - I am a great believer in riding for yourself and look after yourself, go at a pace you are comfortable with. But sometimes I think I would like to be able to go quicker.

    So any tips



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    crm250dude

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by crm250dude on Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:33 pm

    I also need to ride faster - by the time i've caught up with the group when they stop for a rest

    they all then put their helmets on and ride off - and i need a fag !!! Fag
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    steve

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by steve on Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:52 pm

    Its because of the fags your a bath of sweat most of the time and bolloxed out of breath.
    Give them up and the beer and you'll be a ridding god like me smiler

    On a serious  note I think the biggest help is having your suspension sorted, Mines crap so that's my excuse lol!
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    shocker

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by shocker on Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:20 am

    Apart from all the obvious stuff that you list like technique plus fitness and a well set up bike the big difference looks like confidence to me - and loads of it!

    Even at my trail rider pace once it's been shaken by a crash, an almost crash, negative thoughts or even some oaf up your chuff shouting and bawling  (you know who you are! Very Happy ) i go even slower!

    Natural talent and ability look handy too, but wouldn't know much about either of those!  Very Happy
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    crm250dude

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by crm250dude on Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:05 am

    Actually I had a Yak Herder behind me on sunday - screaming like a banshee all sorts of inaudible bollax - and I felt it helped me on actually....

    but im with you on the confidence thing shocker - some times i got balls the size of footballs and i give it large ..... then hit a rut and drop back to normal old man pace
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    phil990

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by phil990 on Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:37 am

    Who was that then? Very Happy
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    crm250dude

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by crm250dude on Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:51 am

    I'm going to have to call him "my lifestyle guru" from now on - 2 weeks ago I got lectured about maintenance - so stripped the bike right down - changed all fluids and filters and brake pads - some bearings....
    This week he's giving me advice on my habits - so last night I drank tea and limited my smoking

    its all working well Steve - keep up the advice Wink

    (its like having a second wife)
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    Taffy300

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by Taffy300 on Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:56 am

    Any more wives & you can come out here Spence !!
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    crm250dude

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by crm250dude on Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:01 pm

    It was funny though - we hit this narrow rocky overgrown lane - and just before it Steve stopped to take some snaps and waved me forward....

    next thing i hear all this shouting behind me - at first I thought it was a farmer and i shit myself... but i did rip it a bit more

    "COME ON YA BALLAX"
    "GET IT UP THERE"
    "YA YA YA"
    "HIT IT HARDER"

    nut job !!!



    hypnoelvis

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    Re: Would like to go faster

    Post by hypnoelvis on Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:27 pm

    Great question, let me know if anyone finds the answer please ,,,

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