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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Just wondering if anyone had done a skills course?

At first I thought the were a bit OTT, but thinking about it I've just tried to work things out myself, successfully in most cases but my cornering is still a bit ropey.

I've booked a slot on the Alpine Prep course offered by Ed Oxley who is supposed to be a great tutor with the patience of a saint. Also seemed like a good excuse to ride Hebden Bridge.

I'm quite looking forward to it. I'll post my thoughts up once I've done it.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:32 pm 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
Be interested to know how you get on.

I've just (finally) taken the plunge and bought a full suspension bike and two things are already clear...

1. Full suspension bikes need riding differently, and;
2. That it is a far more capable bike than I am rider.

So, I'm thinking about a few lessons to help me get the most out of it.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Will definitely repost up here when I'm done.

There's quite a few guys on STW who have done them and reckon they saw a big improvement in their riding. I can't see it doing any harm and I figured that you wouldn't (well most wouldn't) go skiing without some form of tuition. With tracks getting more technical and bikes being able to cope with more I may as well give it a whirl.

Ed is based oop north, but I'm going to make a weekend of it as I have family in Sheffield, which isn't too far away.


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