Better MTB Cornering with Coach Kevin Aiello
I’ve come to terms with it. I’m kind of spoiled. For example, extending a morning ride counts as work if you invite the right people. So here’s Better MTB cornering with coach Kevin Aiello!
Are you you’re already familiar with these concepts? Rad! In the world of “nothing’s new” there’s a lot of good advice out there. But take a minute to read and check out some photos that illustrate cornering techniques to make your ride more fun. Ready to take your riding to the next level? Contact Kevin at SoCalSpeedClinics.com and schedule a training session. Private lessons or with some buddies, Kevin will help you improve your understanding, confidence and speed.
We’ve covered good cornering practices with Kevin illustrating how important fit is to proper cornering techniques. (In fact we have another post with Kevin on pedaling more efficiently as well) Our previous cornering post focused on fit and some basics you should practice using a cone drill. In this blog let’s look a bit more about how to take this to the dirt.
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Why We Race Professional Enduro
Well its late February so it’s time to start hitting the warm up races and qualifiers. This year we thought we’d share some insight on why we race professional enduro.
A lot of aspects to professional enduro racing that have direct correlation to consumer MTB. BikeCo owner Joe Binatena’s experiences’ working with the fastest in MTB is brought back and applied to help client’s get the most out of their riding. Suspension setup and tune. Tire combos and setup (as well as tire inserts these days). Cockpit position for a variety of terrain. Wheel setup, tuning and tension. In fact one of the cornerstones of BikeCo, our Frame Prep, has its origins keeping race bikes together!
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Spinning Circles with Kevin Aiello – Pedal More Efficiently
Like a lot of jobs mine has perks. Lately one of those has been spending a lot of time in the shop and on the trail with Kevin Aiello from SoCalSpeedClinics.com. As I’ve mentioned Kevin blows me away with his MTB coaching aptitude. He sees something, gives you something to think about and you’re riding better. Kevin’s known for his DH and Free Ride skills. You know if you ask questions about cornering, steeps, chunk, jumping, etc he’s got you covered. So I tried to throw him for a loop with something less, ah, enduro I suppose. Help me pedal more efficiently.
We were chatting about my continual flats versus clipless inner dialogue. (which is coming as a write up soon) I mentioned I never felt really efficient on clipless (which was oft confirmed by my brother and Joe making fun of it) so maybe flats weren’t hurting me uphill. Kevin challenged my thinking on it.
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Kevin Aiello Pro Tips: MTB Cornering Technique
BikeCo Pro Rider Kevin Aiello wants you to corner faster. With more confidence. To have more fun. What a guy right? Let’s take a look at Kevin Aiello’s Pro Tips: MTB Cornering Technique.
Some quick backstory – Kevin came by a few days ago to help with a cockpit setup article for our friends at [R]evolution Magazine. To emphasize his points he gave me a cornering lesson. (Kevin coaches racers as well as average riders these days) Understanding the cornering concept really unlocked the bike setup points – which you can check out here.
First Kevin illustrated some poor technique through a cone drill leaning his body far beyond the bike’s lean angle. Continue reading Kevin Aiello Pro Tips: MTB Cornering Technique
Pre Ride Warm Up with Kevin Aiello
At BikeCo.com we work with some of the fastest racers in MTB. We see what helps separate them from the competition. Take a minute and check out this video of pre ride warm up with Kevin Aiello.
What’s the advantage of this routine? I asked a familiar face here at BikeCo.com and experienced trainer Gina Redican:
Taking 5 to 10 minutes before a ride to warm up and perform dynamic stretches can significantly improve performance on the trail. Dynamic stretching sends signals to the brain letting it know that your muscles are ready to work. The benefits include: raising your muscle temperature giving your muscles more power, pliability, range of motion making them more resilient to injury.
After you watch the video check out photos and write ups to detail some of Kevin’s dynamic stretches. Continue reading Pre Ride Warm Up with Kevin Aiello
Back To Flats or, Flats For My Back
Back To Flats is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve occasionally rode flats over the years to avoid developing too many bad habits. But since I began riding it’s been on clipless pedals. Chronic lower back pain has me working on different solutions to stay on the bike. So Flats For My Back might be a more accurate title… Check out a blog: Back to Flats Riding Flat Pedals.
Don’t have back pain? Keep reading it’s about more than me getting old. What are the differences on trail? Beginner hits and misses. I enlisted BikeCo Pro Rider Kevin Aiello for some advice / insight. Continue reading Back To Flats or, Flats For My Back