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Mountain Bike Like a Champion Paperback – August 27, 1999
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“This book is loaded with Ned's secrets for a lifetime of great rides. It's destined to be a classic.” ―Juli Furtado, two-time world mountain bike champion
“Ned Overend is the grand master of mountain biking. If you want to improve your skills, this is your source.” ―John Tomac, world mountain bike champion and 10-time national downhill champion
From the Back Cover
Improve your performance with these tips, techniques, and off-road tales from mountain biking legend Ned Overend.
"At the 1990 world championships in Durango, Colorado, Thomas Frischknecht and I were locked in a dogfight.... At the start of the fourth and final lap was a pitch of rocky, loose trail that went straight up the face of a ski run.... My Swiss rival had been dismounting and running this climb while I stayed on my bike. On previous laps, I'd opened a little gap, so I knew this would be my chance. I attacked when Thomas got off again. He never caught me.... To ride that steep trail, I had to use five climbing techniques. There's no reason why you can't make them part of your arsenal, too."
"This book is loaded with Ned's secrets for a lifetime of great rides. It's destined to be a classic."--Juli Furtado, two-time world mountain bike champion
"Ned Overend is the grand master of mountain biking. If you want to improve your skills, this is your source."--John Tomac, world mountain bike champion and 10-time national downhill champion
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Top Customer Reviews
Ned Overend is a mountain bike champ, so he definitely knows his stuff. His book is comprehensive, covering everything from trail etiquette and equipment to basic mountain bike techniques and training regimens. The language in the book is straightforward and easy to understand, but it isn't simplified to the point where important details are left out.
The only thing I wanted more of was step-by-step action photos demonstrating various techniques. There are some nice shots in the book, but I would have preferred more sequential photographs for some of the more advanced techniques. I guess I'll have to find a good video for that.
Of course, there's no substitute for hitting the trails to improve your technique, but if you're looking to nail down some of the basics, this is the best mountain bike instructional guide out there, hands down.
I have been mountain biking for more than a year, and the only regret I have about reading this book is that I didn't do it sooner--it would have saved me from a few falls.
Forget your owner's manual, this book should be included with every new mountain bike sold!
I also bought Mountain Bike Magazine's Complete Guide To Mountain Biking Skills: Expert Tips On Conquering Curves, Corners, Dips, Descents, Hills, Water Hazards, And Other All-Terrain Challenges and I'm giving that book exactly the same review. The coverage is the same.
If you know a better book PLEASE leave a comment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for beginner mountain bikers up to beginner racers. Some of the material is dated due to technology changes, but still generally applicable. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good tips for riding just about anything. Sure the book is what could be considered outdated, Yes bikes have changed a lot, but riding skills have basically stayed the same.Published on May 5, 2014 by S. Marshall
Husband used to road bike, but now into mountain biking. Another mountain biker recommended this book, which my husband has been reading a lot.Published on November 9, 2013 by naturelover
this book has helped my bike a lot. i race duathlons and the bike was my weakness. this book has helped to improve my time and approach to the bike portion of the race.Published on February 11, 2013 by Gregory Forrest
Fun stories and good descriptions. Not as many "Skill drills" as I would have liked.Published on October 24, 2010 by A. Swope
It is amazing how relevant this book still is. Ned gives riding tips and racing strategies that can be used by bikers of all skill levels. Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by Alex Hutchinson's Twisted Trails
This book is great, I have only had it for a week, but it is an easy read, and not boring. New Overend covers many different aspects of mountain bike technique, and keeps it... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by Nicholas Gambino