things i learned because of the crash 1) stay in control when unfamiliar with the trail. this is going to be hard for me when i'm enjoying downhills 2) when turning in loose terrain, do not lean, steer. this i did, and will do now with conviction 3) do not use the front brakes when turning!!! this is very important!! yes, when going down, the front brake offers more braking power. but when turning, braking the front wheel will cause it to lose traction. front wheel traction is responsible for steering! 4) do not tighten the screw that clamps your levers. it should be a little loose so that in the event of a crash, if the levers hit the ground, they will just swing back instead of taking on the impact of the crash 5) wear a helmet. and knee and elbow protections if possible
if you do trails i dont think you can totally avoid crashing...from the story i think you did roxas trail...part of the men's health race route...
ideally i think you should brake before the turn not 'during' the turn...and when riding an unfamiliar trail i think it pays to be more cautious...you can always return some other day and do it faster than you did before...btw, how many times have you been to that area where you took a spill?
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I don't quite agree with the point on steering vs leaning . . .
"At low speeds, you steer your bike by turning your handlebars in the direction you want to go. At high speeds, you lean your bike in the direction you want to go. Leaning is much more relliable than steering. When you steer your wheel, your tire basically bashes into irregularities in the ground and deflects in the direction you want to turn. When you lean a tire, it rolls around the turn like a rubber-edged ice cream cone. Steered tires wnat to slide. Leaned tires want to rail." -Mastering Mtn Bike Techniques
Of course it really boils down to sensing just how much speed you can hit before traction begins to give, but I think at speed steering will make you lose balance more than leaning
Yes you should do all your braking before you turn. Slow down enough, look through the turn for the best line, lean into the turn, carve.
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u can actually turn at low speeds by leaning.... some pros dip their bikes into a leaning position but maintaining 90 deg balance on the bike, more on upper torso and knee flexing motion....keep it loose but balanced...... try wrestling with a fire hose on first blow... ;D
its the basic skill of flatland bmxers...... obeserve..... ~_~
on high speeds like 60-90 up on a tech section steering is the least of ur worries, just tryin to dance with your bike as u try to keep it balanced is a challenge already..... wth...lol... pros tend to use small lumps on the ground to propell them in a low lvl aerial then shifting the rear wheel with their hips to angle into n out of the chicane, switchback, double cutties, if u actually steer trhough those it'll take u + seconds on ur run time.....ryt?
i had no time to use it...thats where....lol just glide through it.... its like ridin ur .......nvm lol
some crazy fool wiped my front n rear rotors with silicon oil......WTF!..... lol i got used to it it kinda trained me.........lol and thats how i made almost sagasa some one who was faster than me because he made kalat n roller over a barbed wire fence..... BAGAL KASI.. AYAW TUMABI........LOLERZ........ peace juna....lol ahahhahahahaha
Karma yan! u n lester sabotaged me n tried to make me pupu on my drawers!... MGA HAYUP!
were even na anyways...lol (hoy quits na ha!)..... lol
now thats how we learned n trained.... fun n exciting... that was the first time i was able to take down 3 banana trees in one crash...lol i could only take down 1 b4 plus a few pineapples....lol...(some exposed areas of ur armor can be penetrated by sharp stuff..remember)....... thats when juna made uso...." tsong nabaga rotor mo"... it meant lolz......
puro ka preno humataw ka naman!.......lolx ahahahhahah..........
leaning into berms are like riding flat dnt worry bout fallin sideways just dont press ur brakes let science do its work.....^_^ then pull up agad and prepare for the next section.....( u react faster on a track, u actaully make up for lost seconds on past errors).....touche'
yeah, i keep forgetting to brake before the turn, or not braking enough before the turn, so i find myself braking during the turn
marcs, the steering over leaning bit only applies to loose terrain. i learned this from mtbfaqs
In loose stuff, steering is definitely the preferred way to turn. This is the reason many roadies with good bike skills cannot handle tight singletrack very well.
To steer, put your weight on the inside of the turn. Turn your front wheel toward the turn, and hold your bike upright. Even if one or both of your wheels begin to skid you can easily recover. In contrast, if you lean hard through a turn on loose material and either wheel loses traction, you will be picking gravel out of your leg.
i guess that roxas trail is the maarat counterpart of upak trail in santa rosa
just want to add, i scratched my left brake-shift lever beyond recognition (it still works though), misaligned my stem and scratched my (used for the first time!) handlebars. ouch
Dati pa naman nag-push further. Slowly lang - hehe.
Yep, my shins are kind'a beat up - the right one actually. Problem is I usually get hit on the shins while riding around the neighborhood (urban) so I'm not really wearing any guards. I usually get hit on the shins on the more "friendly" tricks you see BMX riders do. Hay...
no shin guards= corned beef(ang kinakaskas yelo pang halo-halo dehins alulod) no elbow guards= tocilog(tocino to drying-up stage then mahirap matulog cuz nadikit sa pillow case or sa bedsheet) no kneeguard= tapsilog(tagal matuyo kasi lagi nagalaw ang tuhod hirap tuloy maligo at matulog) no gloves= crispy kuko( hirap maghilod at humawak ng sabon kasiang hapdi sa hands) no helmet= Bangsilog(bangenge sa antibiotics lagi kasi me tahi sa ulo) no skill= itlog( kelangan pa ba imemorize ito?) flawless= Sibuyas(kutis atenista,lasallista,assumptionista or artista) no worries=bawang(masarap matulog ng pagulong gulong ng wlang iniinda noh) no excuse=Mantika(ganyan ka pag sinesermonan ng asawa mo kasi umuwi ka me sugat) No fear=Kawali(yan ipapalo sayo ng asawa mo pag inuna mo pa repair ng bike mo kesa gamotin mo sugat mo) no more= ayoko na magpaliwanag at madami tuloy ako naaalala! LOLERZ!