Lesson Six: The Flashy Stuff... lifting the back wheel and bunny hopping

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Being able to unweight your rear wheel, or even 'bunny hop' your bike into the air is a damn handy trick for flying over gnarly terrain like rocks, water bars and greasy tree roots.

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Lesson Five: Lifting The Front Wheel

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Off road riding, especially the fun stuff, invariably involves navigating over tricky obstacles.

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Lesson Four: Climb Like A Billy Goat

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The techniques described here are intended for the very steep but the same basic principles apply when attacking more gentle gradients.

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Lesson Three: Around the Bend

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Cornering technique.

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Lesson Two: Braking And Descending

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Even if you've got an old clunker - you'll weigh considerably more than it does. A typical rider to bike weight ratio is around 6:1. The obvious implication is that the position of your body on the bike has a major effect on how the whole arrangement performs.

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Lesson One: You And Your Bike

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The correct interface between rider and bike is a crucial foundation for developing good, or even great, riding skills.

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The Mountain Bikers' Code

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Good off-road etiquette is clearly in the best interests of mountain bikers both as a group and as individuals - reducing track wear 'n' tear, bypassing damage to yourself or others, maintaining good humour amongst various user groups, and continued access to appropriate shared-use tracks like the Queen Charlotte and the Heaphy. 

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