- Oct 19, 2005
Does anyone feel they have mastered their craft? Can ride out a flat in freeway traffic over broken pavement with diagonal seams as wide as our tires? Or near max lean accelerating a long decreaser sweeper elevated so drops off edge of pavement as half a section of plywood seen laying across path, so must sharpen turn harshly in nick of time to miss it and not surf on it off into space. Launching as hard as possible yet not flip right up over backwards. Car pulling out with seeming plenty of time before you arrive but they get excited and over power so just spining tires on THE Gravel so barely creeped across you lane sideways no where to avoid but NAIL breaks like ya life depended on it. Or following a HD crowd was back till out of sight around a blind to speed up some to enjoy the turn when postal truck pulls on to hwy from your side going ever so slowly so you count your tenths of seconds to decide to veer around front of them or hold steady and pass behind with a foot to spare of leaving knee cap on its license tag. Do ya know how to recognize a slow front leak that merely feels like slight wind gusts before so low it pulls stem out to instant blow out? How about hitting an few feet tall grass embankment like Daytona racer for the thrill of the turn Gs and ground gives ways so bike hi side tires over head and lands on tires but so unexpected not impacting at correct angle to just bounce off riding but splats in a heap with thought ringing I should work on that maneuver to perfect. Kenny Cummings has leaned too far over so pogo tires off peg but just presses knee down harder in time to lift back on tires then back racing again. Are ya put off to run up a severe steep to see the view from the top or out race gravity to bottom of ravine to keep some steering control and enough momentum to have a chance on the opposite stepper climb out, that must be taken diagonally not straight d/t rocks or trees in the way and any let off would leave ya hanging for an instant before ending up back where ya came but not on tires... I want to get this stuff down in my bones so stunting parking lots or gynkama is routine warm ups compared to real life. Its most more fear than fun for me but must lean it or go down broken bleeding again. So has anyone felt they have mastered their craft if not why not?