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About AxeManBlue

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  1. Is it too late (or too obvious) to name the back-flipping Frenchman?
  2. AxeManBlue

    Hip-Flick And Pivot-Steering Question

    Great answers, I'm really glad I asked. Re: hip flick. There's two sections of road where the downhill hip-flick issue came up (one of them again today) so actually both of your suggestions apply. One of them is downhill right hander that quickly leads to a downhill decreasing radius left, and for that one hanging off/less lean is more important. Whereas the other is a series of downhill esses that are just curvy enough to be actual turns. I think your suggestion about just locking in will work nicely, as they're faster turns and precision is more important than leaning. I really appreciate you giving a thorough answer that covered both scenarios. Re: pivot. I went out today to practice more on the pivot steering technique (God bless vacation time and southern california canyon roads), and I saw that part of my problem is that I was also pushing down and forward on the inside bar instead of just forward. It seems like that undoes some of the benefits of doing the pivot steering technique the pushing force wasn't "clean" across my body, if that makes sense. Funny how a little thing like that can make such a big difference. I'm going out tomorrow to practice further (again, god bless vacation time) and I'll give it another whirl. And it is helpful to know that it doesn't make a difference about peg pressure or tank pressure--it's good to have one less thing to think about. And about level 3 being physical--holy understatement batman! A friend of mine did Level 3 when I was doing Level 2, and I saw him get off the track early by the fourth drill because he said he was getting tired and starting to make little mistakes. Being an "in shape" guy, I thought there's no way that would happen to me when I did level 3. And yet a couple months later guess who was ready to get off the track early by the fourth drill? ;-) When I do level 4 I'm going to request to do Attack Angles over again, because I was too tired to really get it the first time! Thanks again for the answers, and good luck taking the CSS train back east!
  3. Hey Cornering Artists--had my first real opportunity today to practice what I learned in Level 3, and I had a couple follow ups questions to ask. First was around hip flicks. They make so much sense to me now in terms of getting me across the bike in a fluid movement that doesn't cause unwanted input at the bars--except when I was going downhill. Coming down a mountain road today when I switched from side to side gravity always encouraged me to put some pressure on the bars which caused a wiggle. I know this is a specific circumstance, but I also see people deal with downhill switchbacks without wiggling in the process, so any insight is appreciated. The second was with pivot steering. I understand the concept of using my outside leg as a pivot point and getting my weight closer to the bike's center of mass. But when I tried it today it was hard for me to distinguish between engaging my leg to weight the peg and using my calf to push my knee into the tank. Since I'm pushing down on the outside peg with the ball of my foot it would seem that I'm "weighting the peg" but what I feel is my knee connecting with the tank, and I thought the point of the skill is get my weight lower. Again, any insight is appreciated. That said, I noticed a distinct difference in my speed and confidence on the same mountain roads I road pre-CSS. Keep up the magnificent work and I'll see you again soon.
  4. AxeManBlue

    Finally Got My Knee Down ! Yes !

    I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm looking forward to that day as well. ;-) Good job and thanks for sharing. And you'll love the 2-day camp, btw.