Tag Archives: rocking

Video: practicing mtb balance skills in my garage when it’s -5 F outside

Video: driveway rocking skills practice session

I decided a week or so ago that I needed a refresher on my rocking skills, as I was having trouble deploying them consistently on the trails for tight turns and some obstacles. It occurred to me that, just like I did for learning track stands, I might be able to benefit from 5-10 minutes/day doing drills in my driveway. After 5 days, I've made pretty good progress in my straight-ahead rhythmic rocking. Here's a clip of my session from yesterday, on my 29'er hard tail and on my @advocatecycles Watchman fat bike. Why am I better at rhythmic rocking on The Watchman (Advocate Cycles fat bike) than my 29'er hard tail, even though it's about 5 pounds heavier? #goodproblemtohave 55-seconds, 50% slowmo:

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Video: track stands, hopping, & rocking to get back down a skinny

Video: Two different ways up a tight switchback

Two different ways up a tight switchback at @morcpics @lebanonhills with a downhill slab after the turn. 1. Front wheel inside the round rock at the base of the switchback. A track stand at the start: A) gave me time to scope out my line up the incline as I ended up too close to the tree in previous attempts; and B) it gave me time to weight my rear wheel (19-second mark) before applying torque to the leading left pedal, as I was spinning out in previous attempts. After rounding the tree at the top, I rock the front wheel sideways to the left as I'd crashed on the slab in a previous attempt. I added 2 old photos to the video to show the slab. It's tricky because one's wheel is turned sharply left as contact is made. If you don't have time to straighten it by the time you ride off the end of the slab, it's OTB time. 2. Front wheel outside the round rock at the base of the switchback. I'd dabbed so many times to the inside as I pedaled up the incline in previous attempts that I wanted to see if 'straightening the turn' a bit would give me a more reliable route up. Rocking the front wheel sideways 3 times did the trick. It also enabled me to go wider around the tree which in turn allowed for a straighter route over the slab. 57 seconds, 50% slowmo

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Video: hopping and rocking on a camelback skinny

Video: rocking technique

I tasted a little more success with the 'rocking' technique this week. [I've learned from @ryankleech that 'rocking' allows you to pause and reposition each of your tires for a more optimal line — typically for a technical obstacle — by using body movement against locked brakes.] Rather than trying to rock in place (see my video from 3 weeks ago), I decided to try adding rotations to the rhythmic rocking. I was trying to rock & rotate to the right with my left foot forward, and then rock and rotate to the left with my right foot forward. I'm a long way from getting to where I'll be able to use it on the trail but having really 'felt' it for the first time, I'm pretty confident I'll get there.

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Video: some progress on my rocking skills