Mr. Neutron, on 29 May 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:
...Shouldn't you be covering the back brake with the rt. foot? That necessarily puts that foot at all sorts of weird angles to the ground......
Other than riding long wheelies (not much use for these in Trials Competition) why would you need to cover the brake in a climb? And when you do need to hit the rear brake with the bike in an up attitude, learning to stand on one foot will do the job. The left foot will still be flat to the Earth while the right one does what it needs.
If you are NOT using the bars to hang on to the bike, then you can use bar-pressure to compensate for the use of the right foot for other things. Thumb through photos online of Championship riders or at least accomplished riders and note the feet angle to the Earth and also their upper body position relative to surrounding trees or other vertical objects while in a climbing attitude. (See example photos below) It's not as obvious for downhill shots because you have to bend over to reach the bars, but even then, there should be very little if any weight on the bars.. it should be on the back of the foot pegs just like it is on the front of the pegs in a climb.
Remember to move your feet back on the pegs for any climb and especially any climbing turns so that your toes will remain clear of the ground or obstacles.. Not much of a problem when going down hill.
Over the last few years, I have focused so much on the fundamentals of Trials in teaching it AND in my own riding that it's starting to sink in where I can turn far tighter than I ever could AND I can make off-camber turns that I never thought possible. One of the things I do when riding for fun is to go as slow as possible and focus on balance and control of the bike with my feet and not my hands. Riding at Slick Rock in Utah was really good practice since the traction was so good that I could focus on my weighting of the pegs for the really tight off-camber turns without the fear of slipping. This way, I could work on FEELING the balance or lack of it without the expectation of the wash-out. Now, in the soft and slippery
terrain at home, I am able to make the same turns where I could not a month ago.
If I ever get some of those Utah videos edited, you might wonder why I'm riding so slow, but it was planned that way. To spend all day crawling on the rocks even when they were easy. I even explained to my new German Riding Partner those 2 days that we were going to focus on slowing way down for precision and balance. For that reason, my 5 Miles of Hell videos are not as exciting as the Enduro ones on You Tube because I'm not crashing and bashing through it and it makes the ride a little boring or look too easy. But really, it was easy, given the skills I had learned and a nimble Trials Motorcycle that could go really slow yet explode when you needed it.
We attracted a lot of attention from the bicycle crowd by crawling up and down steep rock faces while riding controlled speed circles on the face by coordinating throttle, clutch and brakes to maintain the same radius and speed through the circle. They were used to seeing motorcycle racing through the rocks, but not the way we were riding. And to tease one couple, I rode beside them and carried on a conversation while they were pushing their bicycles up a steep slope.
Examples: Check the feet..
Edited by 2PLY, 30 May 2012 - 06:26 AM.