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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Well, bought Ride Like a Pro V, reviewed the exercises, purchased chalk, short cones, scouted appropriate empty parking lots and went out today to practice the slow cone weave.

Six cones are 12' apart. Look up, weave through the cones, in the friction zone, right foot ready on the brake. Sounds easy.

I've ridden for years. I figure it can't be too hard, right? Then I saw how compressed 12' spacing is. I try it and on the first try, cones are flying! After the run, I go setup the cones. Knock them down on the next try. Over and over. It's like bowling. I can see why others use cut tennis balls to start.

Anyhow, probably ran through twenty runs and didn't take every cone out (and that's a win!).

Ride like a pro? Not so much! I'm sure I'll get better with practice but I didn't have an appreciation for how good the riders are on RLAP until I tried it. Good fun.
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Something my instructors said at the MSF class is that people that have been riding for years that were self taught have the hardest time with the structured courses.
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tennis balls, on sale....and make up the rest...and about the actual distances....seems to me anything is better than nothing and what ever you do it helps...

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Try longer distance between the cones. You won't get penalized for starting with even 24' between them. Once you master the 24', drop it to 20', and so on, until you're down to 12'.

You're doing more than the average rider does, and that is, you're practicing. Keep up the good work!

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Thanks all for the suggestions!
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Thanks all for the suggestions!
I use tin can lids and plastic lids instead of cones. You know when you ran over one, but without the drama. Best part, they are free!

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Personally I would not start with cones. I suggest starting will straight line to learn your friction zone. Then go to circles without anything to tighten up your circle. Then go to the cones.
I have found with folks that has been riding a while are set in their own bad habits. This will help break those habits.
When I am instructing folks I tell them forget anything you think you know. In a lot of cases I have to prove it can be done.
I will say that my XC does great in slow speed maneuvers.
Keep practicing.
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Personally I would not start with cones. I suggest starting will straight line to learn your friction zone. Then go to circles without anything to tighten up your circle. Then go to the cones.
I have found with folks that has been riding a while are set in their own bad habits. This will help break those habits.
When I am instructing folks I tell them forget anything you think you know. In a lot of cases I have to prove it can be done.
I will say that my XC does great in slow speed maneuvers.
Keep practicing.
It will come to pass that you will all of a sudden catch on.
Great advice! I agree and I actually started with and continuously practice riding in the friction zone. Even before I bought RLAP V, I would practice circles at least once a month. Usually, I'll do three circles left then three circles right for ten sets (ten times each way). Three left, three right keeps me from getting dizzy and straining my neck looking hard over my shoulders. We're getting a lot of rain in California so I haven't been able to practice the cones. Soon though!
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Great advice! I agree and I actually started with and continuously practice riding in the friction zone. Even before I bought RLAP V, I would practice circles at least once a month. Usually, I'll do three circles left then three circles right for ten sets (ten times each way). Three left, three right keeps me from getting dizzy and straining my neck looking hard over my shoulders. We're getting a lot of rain in California so I haven't been able to practice the cones. Soon though!
Awesome ... was thinking of getting same video and practicing myself .. thanks for post.. now maybe i wont feel sooo bad when i try this out ..

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Use beer bottles not cones. When done, ice 'em down and destroy the enemy.
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