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When your riding non-technical sections of trail, you want to be in a neutral position on the bike. This keeps you rolling along efficiently and comfortably while allowing you to easily transition into the ready position for technical terrain. The neutral position includes: Level pedals that are evenly weighted A slight bend in the knees and elbows Index fingers on the brake levers 100% of the time (rim brakes often require 2 fingers) Eyes looking forward about 15 to 20 ft. ahead; look where you want to go, not where you don’t When the trail gets steeper or rockier, it's time to move into the ready position (sometimes called the attack position). The ready position gets you mentally and physically prepared to take on technical sections of trail. The ready position includes: Level pedals that are evenly weighted A deep bend in the knees and elbows (think of making chicken wings with your arms with a 90-degree bend.) Rear end off the seat and hips shifted back Your back is flat and nearly parallel to the ground Index fingers on the brake levers 100% of the time (rim brakes often require 2 fingers) Eyes forward looking about 15 to 20 ft. ahead; look where you want to go, not where you don't A funny story I heard was that a popular route was called "repack" mountain. It seems that the coaster brake hubs used on the bikes would get so hot that they would smoke and all the grease would flow out. This caused the riders to "repack" the hubs before running down the mountain again. Check out this video of original Repacker Charlie Kelly riding the repack trail in 2008.
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