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Old 04-29-2013, 01:25 PM
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Some people say they ride by feel, or that they don't like thinking too much about riding because it makes them tense and flustered. Is there a time to "think" about riding and a time to just "ride?"

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Depends. When you are learning to ride, there are things to think of. Rpm, shifting, blindspots, lane position, traffic around you, body position for the next turn etc etc... but after a while it becomes automatic.

Learning on the track, same thing. Think about speed, body position, who is behind/infront/beside you, gearing, traction etc... After a while that becomes automatic.

If you are doing too much 'thinking', you probably shouldn't be doing what you are doing.

The saying goes "ride your ride", not "think your ride"
 
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:03 AM
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Depends. When you are learning to ride, there are things to think of. Rpm, shifting, blindspots, lane position, traffic around you, body position for the next turn etc etc... but after a while it becomes automatic.

Learning on the track, same thing. Think about speed, body position, who is behind/infront/beside you, gearing, traction etc... After a while that becomes automatic.

If you are doing too much 'thinking', you probably shouldn't be doing what you are doing.

The saying goes "ride your ride", not "think your ride"
I think you are right that when you are learning to ride there are lots of things to think about, and when you are learning a track too. I also agree that after a while of thinking about techniques they become automatic, and this is a good thing. After a while you no longer have to think about shifting or countersteering, you just do it.

However, I'm also of the opinion that there are still many times when it is beneficial to "think" about your riding. It's a good idea to consciously work on different aspects of your riding, like throttle control, quick turning, emergency braking, vision. This type of practice, keeps you on your toes, keeps you improving.

I think there needs to be a healthy balance. To much "thinking" when riding can take the fun out of it and make riding feel too busy, and not enough thinking can get you complacent.

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Good Question,

Having raced for a few years, I can offer my view. It has been my experience, the more I "think" the "harder" I think I am riding, and the slower my times are. It is not until the last few laps, when I am dog tired, and ride off of "feel" that the dots on the track begin to connect. I am say that thinking is involved, Keith Code offered his "Dollar Analogy" stating that the more attention focused on one thing, limited the attention to another. I.e the more you are concerned with the cracks in the pavement, the less focus you have on the track itself.

"feel" has a different meaning for me however. I never have really used brake markers, and for the longest time, have battled with so many people telling me I need them. I can safely say when I am racing, and beginning to setup for a turn, I know where I need to be, and how hard I need to brake, but this is only because I have ran the 2 tracks for years, and began one day with a reference point. When i visit new tracks, I need to "think" before muscle memory takes over. The "feel" allows my attention to focus on other inputs like suspension, tire grip. In the middle of a turn, I can memo myself, and say "when your done with this race, add two clicks of compression. This cannot be done if your staring into space looking for a dot on the track to begin braking.
 
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