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THE ART OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: SINGLETRACK SKILLS FOR ALL RIDERS  2011

No matter how many years/miles you ride, you'll never master the unique art of riding a two-wheeled machine on a skinny, rocky trail in the mountains. No matter how good you get, skill and strength advancing by leaps and bounds, the trail will always be a little bit better. This book leaves few 'babyheads' unturned in its quest to provide useful trail-riding tips for all riders, from beginner to expert. Robert Hurst's love for the mountains, the trails and the bottomless challenge of riding them shines through in this darkly humorous manual.

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DECEMBER 13, 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS




INTRODUCTION: 1982 


PART 1: RIDING BIKES ON TRAILS

The Soft Style   2

Wu-Tang Mountain Biking  4

The Golden Ticket  6

The Labyrinth  7

Cycles  9

The Empty Vessel  11

Strange Cargo   14

A Cautionary Note on Suspension  16     

Hands  17

Notes on Bike Setup and Fit  19

Feet  22

Toppling Over  24

Eyes  24

What the Guru on the Top of the Mountain Says When You Go Up Into His Guru Area  25

Trail Vision  27

A Tale of Two Lines: Front  29

A Tale of Two Lines: Rear  33

Propelling the Bike  35

Out of the Saddle  39

Cornering and Braking  41

A Natural History of Dirt  45

Tires: The Interface  49

Step Up  52

Restarting on a Steep Hill  56

The Tetris Analogy  59

Hazard Fixation  60

The Workout  62

Too Much  66

A Good Trail Will Erase Your Brain  67

Confidence and Fear  72

Mojo Workin'  73

The Dragon and the Dirt  75

Casualties  76

Who Crashes?  78

Some Things to Practice  78


PART 2: LOGISTICS

What's In Your Pack?  82

Food and Water  85

Other Stuff  87

The Group  88

Misadventure  91

Basic Trail Etiquette  95


PART 3: THE BIG PICTURE

Too Many  100

Impact  102

Trailism  103

The Design and Destruction of American Trails  104

Stream Crossings  106

Mechanical Transport  107


Epilogue: The Window  111

Appendix A: Buying a Mountain Bike  115

Appendix B: Two Nine  119

Appendix C: Glossary  121

Notes  124

Index   132


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NOVEMBER 13, 2011

INDEX TIME

The index of this new book The Art of Mountain Biking is unfortunately not quite as wacked out as the index behind The Cyclist's Manifesto, but there is some fun stuff in there. A few highlights:


Chan, Jackie  3

"Got My Mojo Working" (song),  73-75

Hendrix, Jimi,  11

Kung Fu Academy,  6

London, Jack,  6

proto-continents,  45, 46

Tetris (game), 59-60

trail trance,  9, 71


I couldn't wait four pages to start in with the Jackie Chan, apparently. There is a strong martial arts theme running through the book. Both Hendrix and London had some things to say about floatation. And of course there are also appearances by actual mountain biking heroes, Alison Dunlap, Wiens, Overend, etc.

As you might guess from some of these entries, The Art of Mountain Biking is a 'holistic' how-to guide for riding singletrack. I tried to look at some previously glossed-over yet critical aspects of the sport from new angles -- or very old angles as the case may be -- and I think the book just might help to unravel some of the persistent mysteries of mountain bike trail riding, for beginners as well as vets.

The Art of Mountain Biking is up there on the shelves right now, splattered with mud and feeling a little self-conscious around all those clean-smelling comrades. 

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Like many of you, I've been transfixed by events so far in 2011. We see several oppressive oil-rich states struggling to the brink of all-out war against courageous citizens who refuse to take it any more. Saudi troops in Bahrain, the enemy -- freedom. Bombing missions seemingly about to start over Libya. The oil markets are roiling with uncertainty. We see massively indebted world powers struggling against the forces of nature to maintain their lifeblood, cheap energy, to the point of meltdown and blowout. Cheap energy isn't really very cheap, is it? Not any more.

Meanwhile, I've been wrestling with a subject that can be known only to the terminally comfortable and secure. A subject that depends on affluence and cheap energy for its very existence. Something that is, in a roundabout way, under attack by current events: Mountain biking.

 

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To give some idea of the mind-warpitude with which its readers will be grappling, I proudly present a stunted bibliography for my new book. Referenced are several how-to guides by notable practictioners of the sport, as you might expect. There are also books about motorcycle racing, horseback riding, rock climbing, tennis, skiing, martial arts and other activities which are among the many cousins of the elusive art of mountain biking. And of course there are a few works of history, natural and otherwise. Plus Gray's Anatomy and a book about Ted Bundy.

 

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