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Offline deacon

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 10:46:31 PM »
Great session this evening. Nothing new, but getting more consistent with stuff I've been learning. Fork Glides every time now. Tailwhips about 50/50. Did a hang 5 three car park spaces!! Absolutely buzzing off this.
Tried some half-lashes as Ido mentioned them earlier but got nowhere with them lol.
Put a new tire on the front too and scuffing felt much grippier. I'm Really struggling with squeakers, others have said they're fairly easy but I can't get anywhere with them. Struggle to scuff and my foot constantly gets caught in the chain ring.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2018, 04:31:14 PM »

hi deacon, congratulations on the hang5  :D
can you show me a video of you trying the halflash?
I may help you better if I see you trying it.
however, possible common tip:
usually when people learn halflash they put the kicking foot down after kicking the frame, if that is the case lean more forward AND ALSO with the foot on the front peg lean your fingertips forward and sweep the peg towards you (like you are trying to bring the peg close to you under the bike, the it similar to how you balance hang5).
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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2018, 05:29:18 PM »
I'll try and film it next time I'm riding :)

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2018, 07:55:43 PM »
Hey deacon,
very cool that you did that hang 5! I remember when I rolled it for a few meters the first times. It is a good feeling, isn't it?  :)
Keep on practising, this is a nice and important trick!
The halflash took a while for me. And I had the problem that ido rosen mentioned: I touched with the foot that kicked the frame every time. I realised that it was a mental thing in the end and I managed to convince my mind that I do not need to touch. Then I could do it.
I did not ride lately because I hit my lower leg really hard shortly before Christmas and it still hurts. I hope to be back on the bike in one or two weeks.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2018, 08:56:41 PM »
Hi DaddyCool, get well soon!  B)
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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2018, 12:35:09 AM »
No riding for me the last few weeks.  It has been really cold and now we have snow.  I may try to head to the underground garages downtown.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2018, 08:35:15 AM »
My new spot is a multi-story carpark. After 7pm I can get a whole level to myself :)
Not perfectly but close enough for a bit of practicing.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2018, 08:35:56 AM »
Not perfectly flat.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2018, 09:17:53 AM »

I know how your feeling, many times I find spots with good floors but are not perfectly flat.
I think it's like that because when it rains it prevents from the water to accumulate.
I believe that basketball courts are more leveled, but I may be wrong.
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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2018, 02:41:45 AM »
Got a good 2 or so hour ride in today! Drizzled on me for part of it, but thankfully never got too slippery. Only got about 15 minutes yesterday before the rain decided my session was over. Sometimes I'll try and deal when it gets rainy out. But, I find that I waste too much time worrying about falling hard when it's wet and not enough time enjoying being on my bike.

Finding a great spot is so hard sometimes (especially in the winter). I used to have some relatively good winter riding spots but last year all the covered playgrounds started spraying the ground with some de-icer stuff that ironically makes the ground almost as slick as if there was ice.

Sounds like you're making great progress Deacon! keep it up man.

Get better soon Daddycool! Nothing worse than not being able to do what you want...

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2018, 08:23:59 AM »
I've been going to a large multi-storey city carpark to ride but on Friday evening got kicked out (I'm a 38 year old and this hasn't happened to me in twenty years since my skateboarding days so felt a little odd lol). I'll need to hunt out another spot but I'm in a good sized city so should be able to find one.


I've tried raining in the wet but it's just not for me, can't enjoy it at all.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2018, 09:37:34 AM »
Water may well destroy your hubs, bottom bracket and will cause rust around bolts and many other parts. I never ride in the rain, not even light rain, freecoasters are so gentle  O0
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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2018, 08:45:08 PM »
ha, I hear ya Deacon. I'm 44 and recently got kicked out of a parking garage by a dude about half my age. I also found it funny that he was riding around a bike mountain bike and here I was on a little 20"er.

You're right Ido about the fact that water is terrible for your bearings/frame etc. But, where I live it rains almost 9 months out of the year and sometimes I just say screw it and ride. I do spend a lot of time drying my bike down after those sessions. But, yeah... still not good for my bike. 

As far as did I ride today? Not yet... It's pouring out right now and I may try to ride later at a new school I found recently that has a covered playground area (It's not a great spot to ride, but better than not riding). However, I may just stay inside and take the bike apart and clean it/do some maintenance. Not nearly as fun, but definitely something I enjoy doing as well.

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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2018, 09:10:58 PM »
I see what you mean Timmer74, if it would rain 9 months where I live I would also ride on light rain sometimes.
i'm 36, I also was asked to leave a spot several times, but it was justified because I was riding in front of a theater gate and before people would leave after a show the security would ask me to leave so no one would get hurt(the crowd is exiting in it's masses).

I haven't rode today, I'm waiting for my new custom bike to arrive in the mail...
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Re: Did you ride today?
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2018, 08:03:13 PM »
Thank you guys for the kind words!
I tested my leg on Saturday with running and it was fine. So I had a session yesterday and I have to tell you after more than four weeks off the bike it was great! Of course I was not so consistent but could pull a few combos and it just felt great to be back again.
I am very lucky to have access to a hall from a bike club. They offer cycle ball, unicycle hockey and such stuff. I pay a member fee and can go there also on the weekend. When it rains outside and it is cold I feel really privileged to be able to go there! And I do not get kicked out of course. This happened to me as well in the past and it is so annoying...