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:
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
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