Tag: <span>holding a line</span>


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Back in April, I published a post titled Part 1 of a video series on how to ride a mountain bike in a straight line (skinnies!)  I wrote:

 It seems to me that knowing how to ride a straight line on a mountain bike is a fundamental skill. It’s most obviously useful for riding across trail bridges, the length of logs, and other man-made ‘skinnies.’ But it’s also helpful for ‘holding a line’ on a chosen route through a rock garden, an approach to a difficult step or drop, or just a narrow section of the trail.

Leaning a mountain bike to go straightIt included a 4-minute narrated video on understanding the importance of leaning the bike to help maintain a straight line, AKA side-to-side bike/body separation.

I took the video down a month ago. Why?

  1. I learned a few new relative things at both the one-day Lee McCormack skills clinic I attended in late April and at IMBA’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) Level 1 course I took in May;
  2. I realized one error in the video, based on what I learned putting together the Light Hands, Heavy Feet video series; and
  3. It became apparent that the subject needed much more than what could be done in a 2-part series.

So this week I’ve started working on the How to ride straight series and I hope to have the first two installments ready by next week. My outline currently calls for a 4-6 part series but don’t hold me to that.

In the meantime, here’s a 30-second clip from the video I did in April. I’ll probably change a few things in the next version but it’s an otherwise valid look at why it helps to understand what’s happening with your body when you ride a bike no-handed.

If you’ve got recommendations on videos or other resources that you’ve found to be helpful for learning to ride straight, attach a comment.

Here on Mountain Bike Geezer, I’ve blogged about my efforts at learning to ride skinnies for the past three years. I’ve tagged all 13 posts with the word ‘skinnies.’

Learning to ride