Originally Posted by Nailbender
I supposed "scared to death" should be replaced with " concerned with getting an unplanned dirt facial". The 180 corners look easier from the picnic table, that's for sure.
There is a lot to learn and a lot of fun to be had at pump tracks, no doubt. They have a relative small footprint compared to a bmx course while offering multiple lines and circuits to mix up the repetition. They should be everywhere and that's what I was wondering, are they being built nationwide?
People here a buying specialized pump track bikes, some use bmx bikes. The people riding mtn bikes look awkward and that's how I felt when I rode the track.
you feeling awkward is lack of skill. It ok though I could relate years ago and tons of guys I ride with who have been riding as long as I have been alive still cant handle a bike.
You should be able to ride a pump track on anything with reasonable travel(hardtail though about 5).
the 180s turns are fun you just have to realize you body needs to be into the turn prior to the bike and your are pushing down hard right in the middle of the turn. The forward pumps are almost actually like bump absorbstion if done correctly its amazing how fast you can go.
some tips on bike
high pressure always sucks in your tires whether on pump track, downhill or riding XC. Run tubeless run 20-30 psi this will make your tires grip in turns. It will also make them roll faster so its easier to pump.
tires - run micro knobies. With really micro knobs being like a small block eight to almost full knobbies like a panaracer fire XC. Alot of tires work one I can say for sure sucks is the Kenda Nevegal the tire is worst cornering tire ever.
shorter stem - no matter what you think is 'right" 100 mm or less
wider bars - for almost anyone 27-30 inches is ideal unless you have really wide or narrow shoulder narrow bar of yester yore have never made sense from a physics stand point. The wider bars will help you everywhere except super tight trees, and in Idaho you dont have super tight trees. When I see narrow bars I just have to laugh at the thought that goes into that.
dirt jump bike are ideal but I love my 4 inch XCish bike on pump track and BMX tracks. As long as the suspension doest suck suspension can actually help you. Again like most people's riding skills most suspensions suck, in most case people rear legs are better.
slam the seat and get it out of the way, you should not be relying on the seat for bike handling at anytime anywise but instead use your feet and hands
skills prior to hitting the pump track
learn how far forward you can get on your bike
learn how far back you can get
learn to corner using angles on a bike
learn how compressed you can get(aka flex)
learn how extended you can get
skills on the pump track , your a mogul skier. Pressure managment is key to mogul skiing and its key here.
In the most basic sense your making yourself as light as possible on every uphill and as heavy as possible on every downhill. Your doing this though very exaggerated 'pumping" and fore and aft rocking combined with the pumping.
every short uphill your light and slightly aft.
every down hill your heavy and forward.
notice how far for and aft and how much movement there is going on here.
go back give it a honest go take videos and Ill make you better.