I learned a lot about cornering from this James Wilson video: Three Steps to Faster Corners. It’s exactly the same as turning a bike in motorcycle trials (mototrials):
- Look ahead
- Turn with your hips (aim your bellybutton in the direction of the turn)
- Straighten the inside arm
BikeJames.com Presents: Cornering Basics from NoahColorado on Vimeo.
I made a big step forward last week when I began to understand the difference between a pedal-powered wheelie and a manual. These articles helped me:
- BikeSkills.com: Manuals Made Easy – “Forget wheelies and learn a skill that matters”
I’ve been using it this week to get over larger rocks and logs at speed. And when I say ‘larger,’ I don’t mean large. I mean bigger than the curbs on my street. Go ahead and laugh, but it was pretty cool when I got the hang of doing a manual over the curbs repeatedly. And I can now see a bunny-hop in my future.
I’ve cleaned some steep uphills with steps/logs recently (St. Olaf College, Lebanon Hills) after reading about the techniques in this BetterRide.net blog post:
MTB Skills Tip w/ Pic, Technical Climbing w/Andy Winohradsky
Losing traction, “bogging out”, doing accidental wheelies, and/or getting a case of the “swirvies”, are all common causes of riders not making it to the top of technical descents.
Oh yeah. But I’m now getting the hang of how to do it right.
- scoot far forward on the saddle
- lower your chest (nose near the handlebars)
- keep your elbow elevated
- only stand slightly and briefly in order to make extreme weight-shifts or grossly accelerate the bike