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Old 11-25-2010, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For a beginner/ all mountain free rider what is the best setup for bindings? For angles which way is negative and which is positive (since my bindings don't show numbers). I am 5' 11" and I feel like I want the bindings centered but how far apart should they be?
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no "best" set up. Its entirely dependent on you.

An all-round stance is usually slightly wider than your shoulders, and if you are a beginner, i suggest about a -3 back foot and +15 or 20 on the front. Positive in this case means 'pointing towards the front tip of the board"

try something like that at first, and then as you get more comfortable, try changing the angles and stance width around and see what feels comfortable.
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For a beginner/ all mountain free rider what is the best setup for bindings? For angles which way is negative and which is positive (since my bindings don't show numbers). I am 5' 11" and I feel like I want the bindings centered but how far apart should they be?
-15/+15 would be good for you.
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oh, whoops i thought you said "all mountain freestyle". is your board twin tip? do you ever ride switch?
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What do you mean by switch ride? Im a left foot front rider or in other words a normal rider.
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What do you mean by switch ride? Im a left foot front rider or in other words a normal rider.
Switch is the opposite of what you naturally ride. In your case switch would be right foot forward.
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Im guessing since Im a beginner its not something I would do. Unless its a good thing to learn or sometimes when I turn 180 accidentally. Otherwise how would I set my bindings to start with?
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If you were to ride switch lots, you would have your bindings at almost identical angles, like +15, -15. But you are not, you are going to ride forwards most of the time, thats why i recommended -3 and + 15~21.
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I say learn to ride with a slight duck stance. I'd recommend starting with 15/-9 then you can slightly change them each time out to see what your preference is
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I say learn to ride with a slight duck stance. I'd recommend starting with 15/-9 then you can slightly change them each time out to see what your preference is
I agree this is a good starting point.



Let me try and help you as well. Angle diagram: Print it out and have fun. 0 is measured from heel to toe. So a deviation of that "foot across the board" "|" angle 0 would be, slanted like a \ a positive angle, and / a negative angle.

Regular rider:
\ is a positive angle on the front foot - / is the same negative angle on the back foot. ***\*****/***
| is a 0 angle. Many beginners start out close to this. It would look like: ***\****|***

Try wearing socks and running and the sliding across a hardwood floor skate board style sideways, duh... . When you come to a stop, see what angles your feet are. Adjust bindings to that, its your natural posture.

For every 2 hours you ride regular, to 30 minutes fakie. You will thank me later. Many people can ride "well" regular, but when they try fakie they almost start over again. So practce both direction now! It will also help your overall skill to improve much faster.
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