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Step 1: Get used to bailing out. Put your bike in first gear. Ride very slowly, then give a (small but sharp) upwards jerk on the bars as you do a hard downstroke on one of the pedals. Stay seated. You should have the power to pass the "tipping point". When you do, put your feet down so you don't fall on your butt. Do this until it feels completely ...


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It's a trick -- it looks good on camera and would count for points accordant with degree-of-difficulty and "sticking the landing" at an adjudicated comp. The bike and rider become effectively parallel with their upright-riding stance; as opposed to perpendicular when in contact with the ground. It's also a marketing cliche in biking. Like an "ollie" or a "...


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Its definitely not for stability, its a trick called "Table top". The flatter they look in the air the higher score.


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I use two different strategies for the short and long absences. visiting a city by foot When I'll be away from the bike for a long time I take the valuable stuff (cash, id, small tool kit, phone, charger, camera) and leave everything else. If I'm in a formal camping area or in a secluded location I'll leave the tent pitched and my sleeping bag and ...


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I doubt you will find any way of making the bike secure enough to leave alone for hours on end. Perhaps you could somehow fit solid motorbike panniers, but they would be awfully heavy and inconvenient when you do have to remove them. When buying groceries you basically have the choice of taking the bags with you or leaving them on the bike. What I do ...


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Wheelies aren't a strength thing, they are a function of weight distribution on the bike. If you move your weight far enough back the front wheel will lift - this can initially be assisted by applying a few hard pedal strokes in a light gear. As you correctly observed, rear suspension is a disadvantage here, as it absorbs some of your initial weight ...


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As far as I'm aware, it's all about the rider's location vs. that of the rear wheel. A short chain stay helps, because it tucks the rear wheel up closer under your center of gravity. What really makes a big difference is the tilt of the handlebars: When the handlebars are rocked backwards, it lets you get your center of gravity way back past the rear wheel,...


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Orbital is the brand name of the hub. 15mm and 20mm are different axle diameters, get the one that matches your fork. Edit: Most dirt jumping, DH and freeride forks use 20mm, 15mm is a newer standard used mostly for cross country.


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Practice, practice, practice. Start moving forward slowly in a low gear and then pop the front wheel off the ground by suddenly pushing a pedal forward and pulling up on the handlebars at the same time, and just keep pedaling while trying to balance on one wheel. If you accelerate to a point where you cannot pedal fast enough to maintain balance on one ...


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pump your suspension, the lean back while pedaling to get the pop, keep the consistent pedal to keep the wheelie going ( you might feel uncomfortable leaning that far back) feather your break while doing it. i like doing wheelies on gear 3-1 it seems to be the best gear for it. remember practise makes perfect, you probably wont get it first go. good luck!


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A company called Pacsafe makes a steel mesh web/net that fits around a backpack and can be used to lock it down. You might find a shape that works for your stuff. It's more of a deterrent than a guarantee but it's a worthy solution. Here is a link with a good picture. http://m.rei.com/product/709207/pacsafe-55-security-web-small



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