Need to get over my fear of gaps!

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11/24/2012 9:12 PM

Im 14 years old and im starting to try dirt jumping, but im afraid of gaps. I used to race bmx and i won states for 12 intermediate, but im still not able to get over that fear of gaps. Any suggestions?

11/26/2012 7:27 AM

Start with smaller gaps then get bigger. Also don't just sit there thinking about doing it. Either go balls out or just don't even try.

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11/26/2012 9:49 AM

Depending on where you ride, you could build a temporary table top into the gap out of pallets or scrap wood. Then there's no gap to mess with your mind. Then after you've hit and are comfortable with the jump, just take it out and gap it with ease. I did say depending on where you jump. If the jumps are built by older better riders, they probably wont appreciate the addition. You could also build your own dirt landing and a moveable wood lip. Set it up with a tiny gap until you're comfy and then move it back in increments. We had a great time at Sea Otter one year by gapping up onto a couple of big wire spools and moving the lip back until my friend Garren was the only one willing to hit it at about twenty feet.

11/26/2012 7:04 PM

What i did to get over that fear was just ride stupid fast at the jump and bail mid air. I still cleared it, with my bike, just not attached to it. At this point I decided that they weren't that scary and falling didn't hurt that bad. So I just went for it from then on out.

11/26/2012 7:08 PM

Thank You Guys! I haven't had access to any jumps because im in colorado, but my dad and i might try to build a jump because he knows a welder. Thank you again for all the support!

12/7/2012 8:21 AM

Post up some pictures of your metal ramps when they're done.

1/27/2013 3:02 AM

progress from smaller gaps to bigger, if you are fine with small gaps try to do the bigger 1s

2/21/2013 6:43 PM

go small to big and huck it
also, use planks of wood across the double to trick your mind into safety