Need riding tip
Posted April 08, 2002 - 03:41 PM
I can get around single track, woods, rough terrain, whoops,etc fairly fast, but somedays hill climbs are a mystery. Anybody got some good tips?
Posted April 08, 2002 - 04:02 PM
Posted April 12, 2002 - 03:13 AM
1) Get speed up before it gets steep. Use your momementum to help get you up the hill. Just think of how it feels to try and start moving again on a steep hill once you have stopped....NO. Can you get up the same hill if you keep moving...YES!
2) STAND UP
3) Stay standing. If you are sitting down you cant move around and more importantly your footpegs arent carrying the weight.
4) DONT lean over your handlebars.
5) The steeper it gets, stay standing, but bend your knees more and lower your body), but dont lean into the handle bars ... you need to keep room for your arms to move around and pull/up, push down on the handle bars. Your arms should NEVER be straight, always flexed. If you are too far forward (over the handebars) you unweight the rear and lose traction. If youbare too far back you lose the ability to control where the front wheel goes.
6) Allow the bike to move around under you, dont try and force it where it doesnt want to go. Go with the flow ! Obviously you have to know where you want to go so LOOK AHEAD but dont fight the bike.
6) Keep your weight on the DOWNHILL side of the bike if you are traversing, either UP or down.
7) Keep the weight evenly on the footpegs if you are going straight up but weight and unweight your footpegs to lean the bike to move left or right.
8) Dont spin the rear tire if you can help it - you lose traction.
9) Always always ride with 1 finger on the clutch. When you need to go slower clutch in and then out, not with the accelerator. Also stops you looping over.
10) Be sure to load the springs of the bike for extra grip when needed. ie little hollows just before and extra steep bit....kind of like little jumps
11) Ride in the wet so you get used to slippery conditions.
Practice steep slow uphills where you have to jockey your weight around. Uphill traverses on open ground (ie not singletrack, just the side of the hill) where the rear end break away are great for this.
Practice picking your bike up. You'll need it.
[ April 12, 2002: Message edited by: The Missile ]
Posted April 12, 2002 - 04:37 AM
Stand up or at least get as much of your weight on the foot pegs as you can. It lowers your center of gravity.
Posted April 12, 2002 - 11:32 AM