How Old Is Too Old To Mountain Bike? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking

How Old Is Too Old To Mountain Bike? | Ask GMBN Anything About Mountain Biking


– Welcome to this week’s Ask GMBN. – Yeah you guys have all
been leaving questions down below in the comment section, you’ve been using the hashtag #askgmbn, and then you’ve been sending
them to the email address [email protected] – And we’ve got loads. – So let’s kick off with one from Ko Ka. Now this is a good question. Can you use ski goggles
for downhill racing? – Well I wasn’t sure an
answer to this actually. So we got in touch with
Poc, our eyewear partner. So the official answer is, yes you can, but there are a number of small
but important differences. So ski goggles tend to have fleece lining and downhill goggles will
have a cool max foam. Also the lenses. So snow lenses will be designed
for the specific environment and you’re not going to get the desired visual colour curve. – Makes sense. You might not be able to pick out your moguls from your roots I guess. – Well yeah it does make sense, right. Next question come from Ben Huddleston. How many times do pro
enduro racers go to the gym? – I say quite a lot actually. Nowadays it’s totally changing. When I was racing pro, I
was going three times a week and you see a lot of the guys, if you follow them on Instagram stories, they’re in there a lot. – Let’s look at Richie
Rude, Jared Graves, and Yoann Barelli are all pretty stacked. I would say they go more times
than a cross country racer, but less than a downhill racer. – Yeah that’s a fair example. – Quite a lot, I would say half and half. Half on the bike, half in the gym. Sam Hellebrekes. I saw the pov from Neil at Andes Pacifico, but how do you know which trail to follow? Basically you don’t. It’s all blind racing, and so you sort of look down the trail and they’ll be little bits
of tape every now and again that’ll tell you you’re
on the right trail. But yeah, blind racing, you just sort of work it out as you go. – I guess probably the best
tip that you could give is make sure that you’re looking ahead, looking for that tape, and looking for little obstacles that you can slow down, speed up, or where you can let off the brakes. – I actually looked,
rewatched those videos, and I thought I picked the
wrong line so many times. At the time, you just don’t know. You’re just trying to pick
the best line you can. – It’s just an instinct. And we’ve got a video all about
how to ride blind corners, so check that one out. – So the first thing
you want to think about when you’re coming up the blind corner is what kind of corner it actually is. Now this one is a full
180 degree sweep and bend, so you have got quite a lot of support. And what I am noticing coming into it is the fact that you have two options. You can go inside or you
can go on the outside. Now if you actually go on the inside. – The next question
comes from Airsoftable. Which foot do you prefer to have in front when you’re riding downhill or jumping? – Right foot forward always. – Left foot forward always. – Are you? I never noticed actually. – I don’t know if it follows
the way you would snowboard, but it definitely does
for me, left foot forward. – I always thought it just went with the same way that you row. – Nope. – Are you left handed? – Nope. – Strange. – Does it matter? No it doesn’t matter, you
just have a preferred foot. – Yeah it’s called the chocolate foot. – According to Hans Rey. Maxe Lowe, how do you
unstick a seized seatpost? – Oh this is a good one. – It’s a pain. – I need tips. – Well I’m presuming that’s
probably a metal frame. It’s not going to be carbon. So you can get some spray, not WD40, but some special stuff, I’ve forgot what it’s called, that you try and get inside there and leave it overnight. I’ve done that before on all bikes. Bit of heat. – Coke is a good one. – Coke? What drinking it? – Just shows how bad it is for your teeth. – And then you get an energy rush and you’re like really strong. – No no see you put it
down the top, seat tube exactly the same way that
you’re talking about, let it soak overnight, and apparently it does wonders. I’ve actually done that one myself when I was working at bike shop. – Cool, try that one out first, that’s probably quite cheap. 60p for a can of Coke. Hugh Daniel Mayer. Is there a full suspension
160mil travel mountain bikes that have 29 inch wheels
on the market in an XL? – Now we were just discussing this. – I was convinced there must be. – And I only know of one,
because actually looking quite a long time ago
for a big, 29 in bike. And it seems the only one
that I could find was Evil. – Found a few 140 mil
travel 29 inch bikes in XL, but no 160 mil travel, so yeah. – Market to be, maybe. Cater for us tall dudes. – Yes. Bradley Rozenek. What is the best bike
geometry for doing tricks? For example, wheelies,
180s, that sort of thing. – It’s got to be a trials bike, hasn’t it? Or a little dirt jump bike. – Dirt jump bike, yeah. So 26 inch wheels, that sort of thing. – Bigger stand maybe, on a trials bike, with those higher bars. But then I guess a jump bike, – Short stem. – Short stem, high rise
bars, 100 mil travel. – Going to be steep angles I would say, so the pretty nimble bikes. But you should check out our video on how to choose the correct bike. – Now let me tell you
guys that mountain biking is not a cheap sport to get into. And in fact, it can
become really addictive, because you actually
start to want to upgrade components of your bike and make it the best you possibly can. – Father Cupcake asks, How old is too old? I bought my first mountain bike at 46. – 46! – And he feels a bit silly, well that’s not that old. – No. – That’s definitely too old. Hans Rey is 50 years old and he’s still a legend and
still riding really good. – My dad’s 60 and he’s
still shredding hard. – Yeah so, that’s
definitely not an excuse. Topias Leskinen What kind of music do you guys like? Very personal. – Yeah it really depends on the mood. – I listen to all sorts. – Yeah I’ve got a SoundCloud account and I use it all the time and it’s awesome for
searching for new artists, liking tracks, and just,
yeah, see what’s on there. – I’ve just bought tickets
to see Leftfield live. That gives you some insight I suppose. Bad Bill Buckleboots
is thinking of getting some decent goggles but wants to keep them in tip top condition. How can I clean them safely
and store them between stages without scratching up the lens? – Definitely cleaning them
always with the goggle bag, or the sunglasses wipes you get. Because I think, is it
lint free it’s called? – Yes. – So it doesn’t pick up the dirt, you’re not going to scratch the lenses. I’ve got a couple really good hacks for how you might store it between stages, so check it out in this video. – This next hack is one that
I’ve taken from my racing days. And it’s to do with
keeping your goggles dry on those really wet days. So what I’m going to
say, is you want to use a little bit of tissue, put it on the inside of the googles. And this just keeps any
moisture from building up. The tissue absorbs all that. Then you want to pop it
into a dry plastic bag. – Alright Neil, are you ready
for the quickfire round? – I’m ready. – And this week, there’s some rules. It’s only yes, or it’s a no, nothing else. – Not maybe? – Not maybe, yes or no. And Tumn Donaldson is saying Do you guys think I should
get a dropper seatpost? – Yes. – Bryce Myers is saying, “Will
you ever come to Australia?” – Yes. – Hey Vel Maris is saying,
“Do you guys have Messenger?” – What is that? – J Sport and Entertainment is saying, “Could you do a big jump
on a hardtail bike?” – Yes, just ask Blake. – Felpel102 is saying, “Can Neil accept my request on Strava?” – No. – Sebastian Unger is saying, “Can you do a ‘How
Suspension Works’ video?” – Yes, have we not done that? Okay we will. – Harlplays says, “Could
you do a biking festival?” – It’s a good idea, yes I’d like that. That’d be cool. – Windel47 says, “Can Blake show us an old school nac-nac? – I would say he probably can, yes. – Malcolm Vince Costales says, “Can I wear a full face helmet
on a cross country trail?” – Yes. – MMilesMTB saying, “Would I be able to race at
bike parks on a hardtail? – Yes. – Ron Rai is saying, “Will
you guys come to Nepal?” – Yes. – Peter Molloy is saying, “Are any of yous going
to be doing EWS Ireland?” – Yes, you’re doing it? You’re probably going aren’t you? – I’m going. – You’re probably not racing. – Maybe. – Too old there. – Yeah it’s way too old, yeah. You were kind of not that
great at the yes or no. – That was as good as I can do, sorry. – 60/40 So that’s it for quickfire round. Let’s go on to Correct Me If I’m Wrong. Martin Brofsky is saying, I’m trying to do a wall ride. I can’t get on it, but
have you got any tips? So let’s take a look. – Yeah I watched this video,
it’s a good effort actually. It’s actually really hard to wall ride on a vert wall like that, so you’ve got to hit it pretty fast, a little bit quicker than that. But it doesn’t mean you’re going to slam into that wall pretty hard. But that’s what you need
to sort of stick to it. Ideally you’re trying to find a wall ride with a bit of a ramp in or something to get a bit of a boost off so you hit the wall, but you do have to hit them quite quick. – And he’s going quite vertical into it, maybe take a little bit more of an angle so you can sort of wall
ride air and along it. – Yeah, good effort though, it was cool. – Yeah let’s take a look at the next one. And this one is from Sam Bagwell and he is asking how to
improve his jumping techniques so he can actually hit bigger jumps. So he’s coming in, first one, second one and then, well he’s a little
bit scared of the third one. – That third one is quite big actually, they get much bigger in
a row, those three jumps. I would say doing what you’re
doing there is pretty good so just keep session in the two and so you feel really confident. And then decide that you’re definitely going to do the third
jump before you get there. So don’t get there and think, “Oh wow, am I, aren’t I?” but just keep practising on small ones and remember to look for the down slope. So sort of like the same tip
you give for a lot of riding, even on jumps, use your
hit in the takeoff, try and look to the down slope. – Yeah and practise makes perfect. – Definitely, so definitely with jumps. – There we go Neil, another
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