many times have you been on a trail and found yourself
getting off the bike to get over, down or around an
obstacle. It doesn't matter if you're in to trials or
not, in any type of riding, you'll want the skills and
balance that a little trials riding brings. Speed and
momentum will generally get you over most obstacles,
but being able to do it without those two is key.
by rising off your seat and tightening down on both
your front and rear brakes. Now try to keep the bike
underneath you by making small hops. Your first mistake
will be treating the bike like a pogo-stick and tiring
quickly. Try to make a small bounces with the wheels
coming barely off the ground. The less the better, just
is just a matter of throwing your body up and pulling
the bike with you. Unless you are really good, don't
expect to bring up both tires. Just work on one wheel
at time. When your front wheel is up, you'll notice
that your feet are not level on top of your pedals.
Simply let off your rear brake and make small hops while
leveling out your feet. The rear wheel will move along
with your cranks. Once this is done, throw your weight
forward again, twist on your handlebars and pull up
the rear of your bike behind you. You may need to release
your front brake which will help you move forward and
give room for the rear of your bike to come up.
helps to practice hopping and balancing on flat ground
first. When you are ready to start climbing, practice
with curbs, then something bigger. Your next technical
section on the trail will seem a lot easier next time.
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