Standing up on the bike.
Posted 06 April 2004 - 08:05 AM
I'm thinking I'm just stuck in the old horseback riding 2 point forward jump seat mode. Because that's the position I'm in whenever I'm going over obstacles.
Any suggestions? That position is very tiring and Pete can't understand why my legs hurt so much after each ride.
Posted 06 April 2004 - 08:10 AM
Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:32 PM
You really can't go fast if you have your whole weight on the seat in my opinion. It doesn't really matter if you're cruising but I like to ride as fast as possible. To me my legs are part of the whole suspension system so if you're not using them you're not riding to your full ability. I jog at least once a week in the summer so this builds leg and overall endurance quite well.
Try going though some whoops on a trail at high speed sitting down... That will teach you to stand up after you nearly get bucked over the handlebars
Posted 07 April 2004 - 04:08 AM
Then when my ass hurts from sittin on a seat, I just stand up till my legs hurt...
Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:05 PM
Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:16 PM
Posted 09 April 2004 - 05:31 AM
Especially when there's a turn at the bottom of a bumpy hill, use the knee squeeze to make the sit-down controlled and easy on the arms and legs. That helped me a lot.
Posted 09 April 2004 - 01:10 PM
Posted 09 April 2004 - 04:58 PM
Posted 09 April 2004 - 07:13 PM
Put your bike on a bike stand and climb on and stand up. Stand there for a while. Now lean back while hanging onto the bars. Now lean forward. No, thats not far enough. Lean way forward. Get your head way out over the front fender. See how your legs wedge into the bars and your feet into the pegs. You can just about kiss the front fender and still stand back up. Repeat this excersise, lean back... lean forward, do it a hundred times. Do it 3 or 4 times a week.
BTW, this isn't my invention its straight out of Gary Semics video. Go buy his vid's. Watch then 20 times. Then watch them 40 more times using the slow motion on your VCR anytime you don't completely understand. Watch those parts in slow mo until there's no doubt.
Then go take a class. Gary's , Donnies, somebodies.
Posted 12 April 2004 - 06:03 AM
Posted 12 April 2004 - 06:46 AM
Pete's only a few inches taller than me so he rode my bike on some difficult trails and figured out why I'm so exhausted. My bike is too small for me. Like the guy 6'7", instead of going from a seated position, I'm going from more of a squat to standing. That will wear you out and make your legs hurt!!
Sooooooo, I'm looking forward to looking at upgrading to a bigger bike!!!
Posted 12 April 2004 - 07:56 PM
I think a tall sea foam (moose) is going to help the tall guys as well, at least for the transision from sitting to standing..
Posted 13 April 2004 - 04:21 AM
The standing position allows you more control of the bike, you do not ride a bike by turning your bars, but with your foot pegs, your knees and you upper body position.
Off course your arms will get less tired and your will be forced to move a lot on the bike....wich all fast riders do a lot (i'm not fast).
In the beginning accelerating standing up is very hard, because you do not lean forward enough as already explained.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:16 AM
I'm assuming that this is the April issue?