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MTB Skills Coaching For 18 years! (Why A “Beginners Mind” has Helped Me)

Wow! My baby just turned 18! Hard to believe I started BetterRide in April of 1999, with the goal of bringing sound, drill based mtb skills coaching to mountain bikiers like you. It is has been an amazing, fun, sometimes stressful and highly educational 18 years. Thank you for sharing your passion and support with me! BetterRide has helped over 3,000 riders greatly improve and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and coaching four World Champions, a 78 year old who went on to finish the Leadville 100 in less than 12 hours (when he was 80!) and so many passionate mountain of all experience levels.

One of my favorite books is titled, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and the concept of the book is, with an “expert” mindset there are few possibilities but with a “beginner” mindset you are

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Mountain Biking at Your Best in All Situations (when you’re scared or the pressure is on)

Ever “choke” while riding? Despite all the mtb skills you have developed sometimes, often when fear or nerves take over you can’t rely on those skills. It’s like you suddenly lost your mountain biking skills. My goal is to get you mountain biking at your best in all situations and this article will help you do that.

I received this email from a student:

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MTB Power Increase and Back Pain Fix, All in One

Whether you suffer from mountain biker’s back (as I do) or just want more power and no future back problems I have some great news for you! It is easier than you think to increase your power and get your back feeling great again!

I have written quite a few articles on back problems and how to fix them and the advice in them is still solid and an important component to keeping you back and body healthy. After reading the wonderful book I will recommend in a second I realized

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The Most Confidence Inspiring Mountain Bike (most fun too!)

Whether you consider yourself an expert, a beginner or somewhere in between the must fun and safe bike will have some the same important characteristics. Even if you are a serious cross country racer wouldn’t a bike that made steep and technical descents feel less steep and technical (without any sacrifices, i.e. extra weight, poor climbing, slower rolling) be a huge advantage?!

For some reason many bike shops tend to send riders (especially those new to the sport) out on bikes that are very unforgiving and confidence crushers, as well as bordering on dangerous. They feel the fun and confidence inspiring bikes are only for aggressive riders, not beginners or less aggressive riders. This is odd ….