Riding very skinnies

Riding very skinnies

Post by Sofa » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 02:30:03


OK, as soon as I get up on a skinny that starts to look scary, I 'fall
off'  (it's my brain pushing me off at the last 'safe' moment)

Luckily, not every time this happens do I actually hear Harper's loud
chicken clucking noise and see his flapping arms....but it still haunts
me :(

Mountain bikers strategy is too look forward not at the skinny, but they
have their handlebars in their peripheial (sp!) vision to guage
themselves on.

So, you skinny riders, approx. how far do you look in front of you?  Do
you look at the horizon, or do you try to see 'some' wood in front of
you?

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Riding very skinnies

Post by beelzebub of balanc » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 05:26:15

I try to remember the excellent advice Kris Holms give in the Into
Thunder Dragon movie. For still-stands, try to keep your weight over the
wheel. For skinnies, try to keep the wheel under you. I think that's it,
but I may have gotten them backwards.

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Post by johnglaze » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 06:15:32

I usually look 10-15 feet ahead, sometimes more, sometimes less, but
most of the time it is 10-15 feet.

john

Unless! the rail is shorter than that or when I am nearing the end, I
look at the end of the rail.

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Post by andrew_carte » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 09:00:11

The skinnier the skinny, the closer to the wheel I look.  When I'm
riding something where the tyre is wider than the rail, for example when
I'm riding on my 35mm practice rail, I look a bit less than a metre in
front of the wheel.  That way I can see the wheel clearly and I don't
really need to look far in front because I'm going slowly anyway.> For still-stands, try to keep your weight over the wheel. For

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> skinnies, try to keep the wheel under you.

But then there is the type of skinny where it's so narrow that you can't
move the wheel side to side underneath you.  Then you (or at least I do)
do a moving stillstand sort of thing.

That's just what I do.

Andrew

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