Slippery snowy off-cambers can be ridden more reliably if you know this technique

Many mountain bikers who ride our local CROCT Sechler Park MTB trail fail to clean these two off-cambers, especially in the winter when they’re snow-covered or icy. This 15-second video shows the problem:

Assuming that one’s tire pressure is appropriately low and that the corner leading up to the climb prevents the build-up of speed, there are techniques that can be used to ride slippery off-cambers like these without dabbing. Here’s proof. 15-second video:

What’s the trick? Modulating your brakes while pedaling, which can be done riding up, down, or across an off-camber.

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  1. vttrando said:

    Thanks for this tip, i tried it and it does work great !

    March 4, 2016
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Good to hear, vttrando. Thanks for letting me know!

    March 4, 2016

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