I had a minor breakthrough this last weekend. I have been having trouble in
sand, over roots, and through minor holes like hoof prints. These obstacles are
often hidden under pine needles on the trails where I ride, and I find myself
flying over the front–even though I use the latest handlebars from Vaporware.
For practice I set up an obstacle–a 6 foot length of 3 inch by 6 inch board. I
laid it in the middle of a dirt parking lot where I had plenty of room for
practice. I began by speeding toward it at high speed. I would make it over now
and then, but I was mostly practicing my seat catch technique.
Then, on about the 10th occassion, I hit the obstacle off balance. My balance
was too far back. And hitting the board popped me right back onto my
seat–instead of throwing me forward off the cycle. Now I move my weight back
just before hitting the obstacle–and I can get over it.
So now I am trying this technique when going over uncertain ground. I keep my
balance well to the back, so that when I hit an unseen object I don’t fall
forward. I’ll have to go back and read the FAQ’s to see if this technique is
described. Sometimes you have to experience a technique in order to understand
David Maxfield Seattle