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Does anyone know how treads affect torque? Answered

I am referring to treads like those found on tanks etc.  If the torque on each wheel in a three wheel set is x ft/lbf how would the addition of a tread affect that torque?  Would it increase/decrease it significantly?  Or at all?  Would the thickness of the tread have a noticeable effect?

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Help! Many repair and maintenance questions. Greatly appreciate any advice!

We spent literally thousands of dollars to remodel and upgrade our home, and now face many projects were done improperly and need to be corrected. The company is no longer in business, and I need to learn to "do it myself". My first priority is to fix broken stair treads. They are oak and are splitting at the seam. I was considering using an epoxy wood glue, and using duct tape to hold the tread together until the glue dried. Does that sound reasonable? Many thanks for any help you can provide!

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1/24th scale tank treads

I want to know how to make my own 1/24th scale tank treads? at low cost to me.

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How do I install outdoor rubber stair treads??

We bought heavy outdoor rubber stair mats and there are no instructions as to how to install them. I don't know if you glue them, use tape, or just lay them down. They're heavy, so maybe they won't move?? Does anyone know?? Thank you. Linda145d

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Brainstorm: Home made tracked buggy/large go cart

Whats better than a tracked off road vehicle? i'd like to build one but i need ideas for treads. i have not been succesful in locating a relatively easy to get but robust, and repairable tread. i can also use any advice you can give as far as general layout. thanks for looking.

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I joined 2 pieces of pine together. How can I make the seam invisible?

I am replacing the stair treads in my house by removing the carpet and then replacing them with pine treads bought from Lowe's.  The problem is I have 2 stairs that are longer than the 4' tread.  I joined two pieces together to make a longer one using a dowel rig, glued them together, and clamped them until dry. Unfortunately the pieces weren't completely matched up so I used wood filler and sanded until smooth. After painting the board with black porch paint I can see the seam.  Any ideas on how to get rid of the visible line? Thanks in advance.

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Russian DIY Car-to-Tank Conversion Kit

Use this handy dandy conversion kit and you can add some tank treads to your car! Holy smokes, this is gonna be the best thing ever for dominating the highway. The mileage will take a little bit of a hit, or a lot, but it must be worth it, right? Link

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DIY inductive heater? (For tire recycling.)

Hey all, I had an idea I wanted to try.  As you may know, recycling tires for projects isn't nearly as cool as it sounds. Since most street tires are steel-belted, about the only part you can even use is the sidewalls. :P My idea for getting the (much cooler) tread part off was to use an inductive heater to heat just the steel belting inside, then (hopefully) just yank the tread layer off with a ginormous pair of pliers. The problem is that actual inductive ranges are a $100+ for even a single burner unit.  Couple that with the very real possibility that my little experiment could damage it beyond repair... not exactly a recipe for success. So now my question: Does anybody have a schematic, instructions, and/or (please, please) instructible for how to build my own inductive heater? Thanks in advance, -me

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Can Painted or Stained 2x6 boards be run through a planer? Answered

I have 2x6 Painted/Stained outdoor stair treads that are a little rough and peeling from the sun. Can I run them through my planer without damaging the cutter? I'm hoping to get a nice smooth, clean surface to stain without trying to sand everything. Thanks for your help.

Question by jonallyn    |  last reply


how to make a rubber part that doesnt exist ?

Hi good peoples, i work at a place that makes and sells beef jerky and smokies. quite recenty one of the machines we use to cut them from links quit working properly and needs a new rubber pad for the clutch that stops the blade. the problem is the company we bought the machines and all parts for them it died with the owner so we cant replace them. my question is how hard would it be to mold rubber into a new brake pad for the clutch. i will put up pictures of the clutch and pad as soon as i can but i might as well start with the first problem how to cast and mold a rubber sturdy enough to do the job. all info on this would be greatly appreciated side note: now that i have the parts this is what they look like. two very soft rubber wheels with a concave treaded surface. the rubber tread is really worn down hence the need for replacement 

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knex fourm

I might make my own forums for knex Here i will trust everyone to say all they like and only remove the reply or topic if you request Plus there will be carton category were it is ONLY for the "should i post?", that you can only reply yes or no And i will try to make vote-able treads so you can do surveys and asking "what should i make?" Ect. Tell me what you think. p.s it will not be like knex innotervation.

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rubber apparel buttons from bike tires?

I made the bike tread belt, and of course wound up with two extra strips of rubber. Then I cut out shapes from them, which I think could be used as apparel buttons (as opposed to on/off buttons.) Is there an easier way to do this than with scissors? Also, buttons are often harder than rubber tires, but I also know that rubber gets hard over the years. Is there a simple way for me to make the rubber harder?

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I need to know how to power two or more servo motors with a arduino. Answered

I need to know how to power two or more servo motors with a arduino. should I use a motor board and if so which one? or would the arduino be powerful enough to work two servo motors I am planing on using the vex tank tread kit http://www.vexrobotics.com/276-2168.html and the 2-Wire Motor 393 http://www.vexrobotics.com/276-2177.html.

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Why does it hate me?! (plus an actual question)

I'm trying to make something for an instructable but my sewing machine must be out to get me! The zig-zag stitch will not work and just ends up as a straight line. I was sewing it like that for a while and it worked but then on the bottom the tread from the top kept getting all bunched up. It will also skip stitches and generally is trying to make me mad. I've tried changing the stitch length and width and type and adjusting the tension but it still won't work right! What might be the problem with it?

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Where's the best place to buy good quality very sticky electrical tape for cheap?

Hey everybody, I was board so decided to post a tread to know where to buy good quality very sticky electrical tape for cheap... I'm kind of tired of buying hundreds of electrical  tape rolls and always ending up with the ones that does not stick well, I even tried buying a roll at $10 and it's still the same story. Do you guys experiencing the same  problem? Any recommended place to buy some?

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Looking to start a robot project with my arduino.. I need some help?

I want to make a treaded robot, Fairly large maybe a foot wide by a foot long.  idk, but I want to control it with my arduino, I want to be able to control it with my computer, or maybe my phone? definately my computer. But I have a LG octane, and I dont have internet. so idk if it'll work.  I want to basicly send commands to my arduino and be able to run it like a rc car.. A crawler persay Something like this, Im not exactly sure what I would need etc. I have a arduino uno. And thats about it. 

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Best adhesive to attach used wine corks to wood and/or plastic? Answered

I'm making a door mat of old natural corks, so the adhesive needs to be heat resistant and waterproof.  The corks will be spaced, to allow dirt & water to pass through; so, the adhesive should be strong enough to withstand the daily treading, without the benefit of the support of other corks packed closely together. My first thought was to hot glue, but that has no flexibility and the corks would probably pop loose very quickly. I've seen wine cork instructables using wood glue, Gorilla (R) glue and rubber cement. I haven't worked with the first two.  Any experience with these materials? Your input is appreciated; thanks, Community!

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Build Night build log on Hackaday.io?

I'm in a bit of a quandry here.  I have a really fun project for the 'May 2015 Build Night with Raspberry Pi and Adafruit', but the thing is, I am having to pull on a variety of different resources and making discoveries as I go.  Lots of these discoveries are valuable information I want to document to remember later. I *could* keep a private documented log, but where's the fun in that? I fancy using Hackaday.io for the in-situ build, then publish a nice polished Instructable once complete.  To me, it seems the natural order of things, but I half-suspect I might be treading on someone's toes in the context of the Build Night. The big question here is:  Should I log my progress on Hackaday.io?  Yes...or No?

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Nextion Display with Raspberry Pi3 B+ Does it works or Not?

I am strugeling with several Posts concernig Rp if it works over TX/RX with Nextion Display.I used following instruction https://www.itead.cc/blog/how-to-use-nextion-to-wo... and got following error: [SDKERROR:itead_serial.c.298.Serialavailable]->Serialavailable failed!the Only Tread that I found that there are trouble is as follow: I don't know if that's gonna be useful, but I switched from a RPi 2 to the RPi 3 yesterday and I noticed that the serial port won't work anymore and I figured out why. On the RPi 2 the Serial interface is "/dev/ttyAMA0" and on the RPi 3 it is the "/dev/ttyS0". (Yes, on the RPi 3 the ttyAMA0 is still present, but won't work) – FusseldiebApr 20 '17 at 12:38Does somebody know if I got a chance to get Nextion working with RPi? Thanks a lot

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Is it a good idea to drill holes into the bottom of crocs shoes for water drainage? Answered

I was looking at these Hi-Tec Hydro shoes and I saw they had holes in the sole to let water drain out, and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to do the same with crocs. http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3541227You can see the drainage holes in the sole if you zoom in.I'm going to Hawaii and i want general water/walking shoes and crocs seem to be the most readily available, comfortable, and most importantly, affordable. I just didn't want to ruin a pair by drilling small holes in between the treads or anything. Also, my plan would be to drill at an angle so that nothing sharp would be able to penetrate through the bottom, but I'm more afraid of the drill bit tearing too much material away when doing so since I have never owned a pair myself. Any help would be great, and thanks in advance.

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Star Instructable Creators

Welcome to the Star Instructbale Creator Forum!  This is a forum where you can post links to your new instrucables you create. Basic guidelines and purposes of this Forum: 1. If you see someone is struggling with creating instructables, invite them to this forum for some advice 2. If you yourself are new or you are creating your first instructables, feel free joining the tread too. 3. Share your ideas openly and help each other create newer, cooler, and more detailed instructables. Some things to look for in someone's instructable: 1. Do they have any pictures or videos? If so, are they good quality? 2. Is grammer an issue? A couple minor mistakes are ok, but you may want to point them out. 3. If all goes bad, is there a backup plan/procedure? (Not required for all, just depends on project) This opportunity is open to anyone, however it is mainly geared towards new members of the community.  Welcome and good luck! PS - If you have any questions, or you want me to help you with your insturctable, just PM me and I will be sure to respond.

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[Arduino] Need some help with a few lines of code.

Hi! I have put together a nasty little robot over the past few days with an arduino, ardumoto shield, HCSR04 Ping Sensor, and a  beat up RC car. Currently I have it scrambling around the floor bashing into things and want to add even more unreliable muck to its maneuvers. Here is my code so far: #define trigPin 9 #define echoPin 10 int maxrange = 200; int minrange = 50; long duration, distance; void setup() {   pinMode(trigPin, OUTPUT);   pinMode(echoPin, INPUT); } void loop() {   digitalWrite(trigPin, LOW);   delay(2);     digitalWrite(trigPin, HIGH);   delay(10);     digitalWrite(trigPin, LOW);   duration = pulseIn(echoPin, HIGH);     distance = duration/58.2;     if (distance >= minrange){   digitalWrite(12, LOW);   analogWrite(3, 255); } else {   digitalWrite(12, HIGH);   analogWrite(3, 255); } } All this does is make it go back and forth in regards to objects, but the lack of any tread on its wheels make it spin around quite a bit. I want to add in random movements of the front steering wheels, but I don't know much about coding and even less about making code choose randomly. Any help?

Topic by martzsam  


Any suggestions on non slip natural material to put on my dogs paws

I'm looking for some suggestions to help my dog who is recovering from disc surgery. I've tried all the usual boots,socks,balloons etc. It is short of a nightmare watching him tread so carefully on slippery floorboards.I'm convinced he's lost muscle mass from not being able to walk normally anymore. Short of covering all my floors in rubber mats, I know there has to be a solution. I'm after something that is non toxic that I can rub on his paws. It has to have a tacky feel..you know like those silicone dots you can buy to stop slipping. Materials like those used in surfboard wax ..I've checked out the feel of surfboard wax and it feels ok but it feels like it's lacking the tacky element. The other thought I had was to buy a mould kit and get an imprint of his paws and make a slip on foot cover in a silicone. I'm not too sure what type of silicone to use for this..would it be like a latex that would be good to grip the floorboards? Any suggestions on what materials to use? Thanks

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need a diy CNC that MILLS STEEL, what do I need?

Hey I'm preparing myself for building a DIY CNC MILLING MACHINE. right now I'm at the "shopping" part of the project- buying parts (motors, drivers, misc. electronics) can you help me buy give me a hint of what I need (preferably EBAY links/ prices)? requirements for the machine: - MUST be able to mill/cut (stainless) STEEL (time is not a concern so it's ok if it runs slowly as long as it's able to make a (small)stainless steel part) - would be nice if I could run it manually aswell (no computer, no cnc, just hanles or remote controller) WHAT DO I NEED?: - would this http://www.ebay.com/itm/321060801150?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648 be sufficient? - what do you recommend for the spindle? (is there anyway I can connect a professional servo motor? as I might have one of those) - was thinking square steel profiles for the frame, what do you recommend? - for starters I cant afford ballscrews so I'll use trapezoidal treaded rods, other sugestions? - any thing else i need to know? - thanks!

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I need help!

Greetings! I have never built an electronics project like this, however, I do understand the basics of what needs to be done. We are building a car that will run on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2010. What I am looking for is to build a device to show the difference in wheel speed between the front wheels and the drive wheels. The reasons for this is to give the pilot information on how much traction he is getting at the rear wheels. Since the engine and drive wheels are located 15 feet behind the driver, you cannot do this by ear (especially at 400+mph). The second reason is that the tires used at these speeds cost $800 each, there will be 4 drive wheels, that's $3200 worth of tires. Because of the speed, the tire treads are very, VERY thin, any spinning will destroy the tires in short order. It's not just a money thing, at 400+ getting a flat tire could be fatal. My current thought is to place wheel speed sensors at one front wheel and one drive wheel. That data will be collected and one value subtracted from the other. That difference will be presented to the pilot. I am not opposed to an LCD display or a series of lights that will indicate 5, 10,15, 20 and over 25mph difference. I am a computer programmer by trade and we are planning to integrate a PC into the car for data logging and tuning. I will have a complete CPU available managing the input and output. If we can use the PC to create an application to do this, it should not be an issue. If it is easier/better to build a chip-set to do this, we can go that route as well. I am open to any and all ideas, I have a rough idea of what needs to be done, just no knowledge of parts or processes to complete it. Thanks, Brandon.

Topic by bbarn    |  last reply


How to mount a wheel to a weed eater engine (direct drive) when building an r/c car?

I want to use a weed eater engine to make a fast r/c car. I have already stripped the engine down to it's basic components (removed all the plastic leaving only the bare engine) to make it easier to mount to a to the vehicle. I pulled an 8" pneumatic wheel off of a Razor electric scooter which i plan to somehow mount to the clutch system of the engine.The idea is to have a direct drive system to cut down on the complexity of a chain drive (I have the chain drive off of the electric scooter). To do this I'm thinking of bolting the wheel (which has 3 treads that previously mounted the sprocket to the wheel) directly to the bell of the clutch (the part that the clutch engages at a certain rpm and connects to the engine to the driveshaft of the weed eater). Is this a good idea or is the bell not strong enough to bolt a wheel to? For those of you who don't know what the bell is that I am referring to: http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/6FcFkbxhAXU/hqdefault.jpg Once I have the wheel mounted (it will have a single rear wheel), I will use the front end of a spare r/c car for the steering and the drive motor to pull the throttle cable on the engine. This will probably be mounted to a plywood base. Ideally, the best option would be to have servos hooked up to an Arduino controller to control the steering and throttle, but a WiFi Arduino ($80) (could I substitute it for a Raspberry Pi?) + 2 servos ($30) is outside of my price range. What do you guys think of my design? Any suggestions?

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iRobot Create Submission: Automatic Field Chalker/Painter

Hello fellow Instructablites,As both an athlete and innovator, I am constantly looking for fun, easy, and creative ways to circumvent mundane tasks or activities. One specific task I've noticed many a time is chalking or spray painting line dimensions onto a playing field or court. For some sports, such as baseball and driveway basketball, the playing fields are chalked instead of painted. The lines are time and again washed away by a rain storm and it must be done over. With soccer fields, the painting must be done once a season, plus the second coat for playoffs. Basketball courts must be taped once a season as well.What compels me so much to create such a bot is the degree of simplicity that can be achieved for these tasks. There is so much complexity in laying out a correct set of lines and arcs. From circular three point arcs to proper dimensions of a volleyball court, there is plenty of room for human mistakes. A fully automatic Roomba would be able to both speed up and eliminate incorrect, and potentially gerrymandered, field lines. They will be pre-programmed on the bot and selected for what particular field it is designated to line.I am convinced that all of these types of tasks can be implemented into an "iRobot Create" to lessen the burden and hassle of the aforementioned activities. My brother Steve and I have developed this idea and fully believe it can be implemented well within out intellectual boundaries.After reading some of the comments we've received, we are now taking into consideration some new ideas. In-route Calibration. We aim to implement an accelerometer to keep the dead reckoning honest. Chalking repository. Instead of heaving all the chalk around in one huge battery draining load, we are considering using chalk/paint stations to refill the coating supply. Hopefully this will keep power usage at a minimum. Tank treads. These will probably enhance the fielder chalker/painter in every way, since it will be used outdoors.Thank you for taking the time to read our entry!Nick and Steve

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How to ride DH safely

1. Always wear a helmet, wear body armor as well when needed (how much depends on course, and what you find to be suitable) at all times. 2. Look ahead of you. The faster you are going the further ahead you should look. 3. Stay focused and try not to concentrate or think while you are going at high speed, this tends to slow you down and/or cause accidents...practice alot and everything should come naturally with flow! - Before a run get a song or something that gets you "in the mood" in the back of your mind,and go for it - before you know it you'll be through the track/race no problem...you should all ready know the track turn for turn before doing this. 4. Make sure your tires have appropriate tread on them and are not cracking/damaged 5. Check your bike over in the parking lot before going up the lift. Ride it around and check the brakes and tire pressures. 6. Get enough sleep before riding and especially before racing. 7. Don't drink or get high before racing or riding (you can do it, and seen it done, but if you want to win or want to be safe...don't) 8. Stay relaxed and dialed in on the bike, be as relaxed as possible mentally before you start a race but be pumped physically at the same time. 9. Know the track as well as you can before racing it (the later steps will go into greater detail on how to do this). 10.Learn to 'pump through the ruff stuff'-pull up on the face and push down on the back side of bumps/rocks/landing trannys, etc... 11. Stay light on the back brake as much as you can and try to lock it as rarely as possible if at all...it may cause you to wash out. Only lock the brake on extremely sharp turns or to get into a turn if a cuttie won't be efficient enuff. 12. Try to go as fast as you can when you can-->PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL like a bat out of hell in the open or out of turns when/where ever you can. 13. Practice "cutties". 14. Buy the "Fundamentals" DVD available here on pinkbike.com or at most bike shops and study it...take notes if you have to. You will find how to do "cutties" on the DVD as well as many many more "fundamentals" for DH riding-----> BUY IT, you will be glad you did. 15.Off camber: make sure you weight your outside foot and stand the bike on the egde of the tire, that way it will stick 16. Rock gardens: the faster the better- you will bobble across the top and be on you way before you know it, rather than getting packed down and ending up with major arm pump. 17. Braking: only ever do real braking in straight lines, you can brake on corners but do it conservatively and only to slide around sharp turns better as it may cause you to wash out as mentioned above. The less you brake the faster you go and fast riding is a winning formula- think about that. 18. >>>Don't Crash It can have you out for the rest of the season and that can prevent you from winning races----obviously. Just dont ride like an idiot and attempt things that will probably end in you getting hurt. Ride within your limits! 19. (Words of Pro Down hiller Steve Peat from the "fundamentals" DVD mentioned above) "Stay as light as you can on the bike and pump through the back side of rocks or rough sections as a skateboarder pumps a vert ramp" to gain or maintain speed and momentum. 20. Trust your tires throughout the course. If you believe and have faith in your tires grip, chances are they will have grip fine. If you don't trust your tires and BELEIVE that they wont grip and you will probably fall, chances are they won't grip and as a result you will indeed fall. 21. Walk the track and look for new lines or which lines are best to take and are the fastest 22. Tuck when ever possible to conserve energy. Pedal hard in the open spots before the ruff stuff then tuck and pump and repeat. 23. True your wheels to increase your speed and pedalling efficiency 24. Don't use big fat mud bog tiresfor DH(i.e. 2.6"-3.0") EVER...unless your DH course happens to be a downhill mud swamp 25. Learn to brake with out losing traction , this helps in straight line braking before turns. 26.Push yourself in the warmups, (not stupidly) and give 95% of what your maximum was when you were pushing yourself, in the actual race. This way you wont fall, but you are still hauling a$$. 27.Practice shift points, it is very important to be in the right gear at the right time or youll be sucking wind trying to pedal a flat stretch in too high of a gear. On a fast stretch where you need to begin pedaling to maintain that speed, youll be spinning out. Know what gear to start in and what gear you need to be in at every point in the track. 28. If all else fails look fast across the finish line where everyones watching. 29.When learning, set your fork/and or shock harder than you would normally, this will teach you to use to body rather than relying upon the bike. 30. Try to pick memory markers for your self; tree stump, odd looking rock, etc... and break the course down in your head so you can become very quick overall. 31. Practice simple skills such as manuals (good for roots), Hops, roots/rocks) and of course cutties 32. Commit to berms, brake on a berm and it will end it tears, aim to "rail the berm" to do this - hit the berm at a speed that isnt too fast (this will cause you to slip up it) and not to slow (you will slip down and is slower duh) The ideal speed should carry you round as g forces will push you into the berm. 34.Take a couple of the "Learn to race" clinics offered before many of the sanctioned races. 35.Play with your set up, everything from seat angle, to brake postioning- it can all make a big difference. The more comfortable you are on the bike the faster youll go, the steepness can be different for each course(for instance) so tweak it a little each time but dont EVER change your entire setup before a race. 36.When walking the course, look back up at it. You will find new lines looking up rather then down. 37. While riding (including in the air) never squeeze the seat with your knees. This makes it impossible to flow smoothly, and makes you a ridged weight to be tossed around at the mercy of the trail. It may feel safer, but it will cause you to wreck and lose speed when you would not otherwise. In the air also, it you pinch your seat then you can not compress the lip and extend for landing. Also you can not whip and prepare for upcoming turns and bumps. The ONLY time that pinching your seat would be appropriate is when doing a suicide no hander which, if you can do it without loosing speed, is a cool way to entertain the crowd. 38.Learn to crash,it is an important skill to have that will save you alot of trouble in the long run. 39. Work your way up to the big stuff. Even if you are a good rider always warm up on an easier trail then go for the harder stuff you set out to conquer. Same for riding in general- dont go tackle the hardest trail on the mountain without first being able to do the easy ones---this may sound somewhat obvious but alot of people just cant get this bit of logic into their skulls without being told directly. 40. If the drop doesn't have a great tranny, hit it with more speed. this will cause you to have increased foreward momentum and less downward ( static ) momentum and make the landing smoother. let your bike go off the drop first. 41. If you are in the air ( off a jump drop or whatever... ) and your back end starts to dip too much, tap your back brake, this will cause the front end to dip forward. ( this is used all the time in Motocross) WARNING: Use this with caution and only when its a neccesity. 42. XC riding will make you faster. I always love watching the out of shape downhillers crossing the finish line and nearly having a hear attack. The more tired you are the more mistakes you make and the more likely you are to get hurt. Pedal! Then pedal more! 43. Train like a mofo. During my DH racing times I would spend the summer mornings doing 5-8 runs on local dh trails then dirt jumping and XC riding in the afternoon= Legs that were strong/fast as hell. Dont forget to train in the off season too. 44. Develop a training schedule not just for biking and racing but to keep in shape in general. The more you ride the better you will be. Like Ito was saying, do as much of each mountain biking discipline as possible with emphasis on Down hill. Cedric Gracia wins because he is a great all around rider as is Minaar. 45.Commit to the front end of your bike in corners. Watch Sam Hill, no-one does it better. NOTE: BEFORE DOING THIS, make sure you have practiced it and know how to do this technique at speed (Note is courtesy of Iceboy) 46. Don't pedal like a mad man out of the gate. Pedal, but let your bike gather speed and focus on keeping it. Racing comes down to one thing - exit speed , in particular your speed out of corners. Wait until you feel the flow before you start pushing it harder. If you pedal too hard from the start you'll flip in 60 seconds and get back on your bike a go harder to make up the time. Then you'll flip again. Speaking from experience on this one! It's all about being 'zen'. At least that's what all the dudes who keep beating me are telling me. Learn how to go as fast as you can through turns and sections to know your limits. 47. Make your riding FEEL slow when you are going fast! If you feel fast it's because the trail is catching up with you too quickly for you to process all the info in a comfortable time frame. Probably because you are too busy worrying about going fast and not feeling the flow. Look out, you are about to flip. It's that zen thing you're missing. 48. Practice having FLOW in all your riding, down hill (speed as well as flow), Dirt jumps (flow), XC(speed and flow), what ever (FLOW)... 49.Dont be intimidated by other riders, stay focused on what you have to do not what they are doing, if they crash pay atention to why, and try not to make the same mistake. 50. Learn to go over jumps at as high a speed as possible with out overshooting or losing speed by going too high. Jumps and learning to land them without thinking is a VERY beneficial skill to have... (if you want to stay low coming of jumps learn to soak up the lip...you will go just as far but you'll stay lower) 51. When doing a j-hop, bunny hop or going up the face of a jump don't forget to push into the ground and then come up to get more air. 53. The rougher the place you are riding the more ralaxed and flowy you should be trying to go . 54. Spend time at the track and just watch other riders(especially how they are going through the tricky sections that you are having trouble with), see what they are doing wrong and try to not make the same mistakes, also watch for where the speed spots of the section are. 55.Read Brian Lopes's & Lee McCormick's book " Mastering Mountain Biking Skills", this book covers everything you need to know in great detail from top to bottom, it is with out a doubt the most comprehensive guide for how to ride/race mountain bikes and how to handle and practice everything involved in riding. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND IT, and would say that it is the BIBLE for Mountain Biking! 56.Look where you want to go not at what you are trying to avoid. if you stare at the tree you are trying to go around instead of the trail around it you will more often than not hit the tree. 57. As mentioned previously-The faster you are going the further ahead you should look, always look at what lies further ahead when riding downhill AND avoid staring at your front wheel--staring at your front wheel will slow you down drastically and often will lead to crashing. 58.To re-inerate what Harding.Thomas was saying; do not focus on obstacles like stumps logs and rocks, because thats were you will go instead of where you want to go. In essence, keep an eye on where you want to go and you will go there. Do not look down at what your riding over, let your bike deal with the terrain, thats what its for. This is a very important tip to increasing speed and improving flow. 59. Before you go riding, I find that a simple 10 minute warm up on flat land and practicing tight turns and j-hops helps loosen you up and calms you down If you have any other tips, tell me! ill post them in the list.

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