#TeachableTuesday — Tight uphill corner with pedal-punch wheel lift. A wonky one first. A not-so-wonky one second... 🙄😬 >
I show two different videos here. Each starts with regular speed, then slow-mo. In video one I do a fairly wonky wheelie because I paused my pedal stroke for too long and lost momentum and balance up the steepish turn to get over the rock at the end of the corner. Notice how I use my knees to find balance when the wheel turns in the air. I get the wheel over the rock then have to quickly shift forward to unweight the rear and to stay with the front end to steer. (The front wheel tried to go it’s own way and I had to correct it. If I was too far back, I wouldn’t have been able to steer as well.) I also pedaled into the rock with my right foot and stalled out a little. I managed to get up it, but it definitely felt wonky and less controlled than the second time through. >
In the second video my pedal strokes aligned perfectly so I didn’t have to pause much before punching the wheel up into the air with my left foot. I was able to lean back a little to unweight the front for a cleaner wheelie and got my front wheel up higher so it cleared the rock better. Then when I shifted my weight forward I had enough momentum for my bottom bracket to clear the rock so when I pedaled with my right leg I was over the rock and didn’t hit it with my foot. I also think I was looking ahead better in the second video. Because I was more balanced with a cleaner wheel lift, I was able to keep the wheels rolling straighter and didn’t have to steer as much after the rock. It’s steeper than it seems in this video. Always. Haha! 😋 >
It’s important to look ahead and stay slightly low and forward around uphill tight turns for steering. (When it’s steep, gravity wants to pull your upper body back, so we have to combat that to stay close to the front end.) My @rockshox Reverb seat dropper was down a tiny bit. I am seated around the corner, then when I punch my wheel up I immediately get out of the saddle to shift my weight up over the bars accordingly. I am clipped in to @crankbrothers mallet pedals. #popwheeliesbehappy#ridebikesbehappy <><>📹 @fabiograsso 93 ...
#TeachableTuesday — Steady pedal strokes and perseverance pays off — The first try I pedaled into it without pause, kind of bashed into it and spun out on the sandy, slippery rock. -
The second try I got past the first slippery rock but my eyes didn’t. 🙄👀 Looking down didn’t get me very far. -
Third try’s a charm. At a slow jogging pace I pedaled at it then paused my pedal stroke with level pedals for a sec while I did a big wheel lift up the first rock/momentum blocker, then carefully pedaled with even pedal strokes to keep moving forward and to prevent spinning out or slipping. I had to constantly micro-adjust my body position up the rest of the off-camber slippery rocks to maintain even traction between my two @vittoriatires. At the top looking ahead was clutch. -
My @rockshox reverb seat dropper was halfway down. 👊 #mtbskills#ridebikesbehappy#howweliv#livbeyond 🌈 ...