Popular Post sammyd173 Posted October 8, 2015 Popular Post Report Share Posted October 8, 2015 Have you had any 'a-ha' moments when riding, like you've figured out something big? I've had a few in my two years of riding - I'm at clubman level now, so I thought I would share and hope others can share similar discoveries that made a big difference to their riding. 1. Unweighting the bike. It dawned on me that these bikes can go over just about everything, it's pulling us fat lugs over the obstacles that upset the bike. Unlike MX where you charge at everything, trials is generally about either getting your body over an obstacle and then pulling your bike with you, or letting the bike get onto something by unweighting yourself from it and then once it's on there, pull yourself up afterwards. There always seems to be a delay between either you or the bike initiating over an obstacle. The exception is leaning back to weight the rear or front tire to get traction. 2. Wheelies. Everyone talks about getting the front end up, rather than what to do when the bike starts falling over to one side. I have a long, steep driveway, and after months of veering off to one side or the other finally figured out what was going on. Take note of what your hands and feet are doing when the bike starts to fall to one side. I noticed that if the bike was veering off to the left, I would pull up hard on the left grip to save it - everyone does this - but I was also pushing down hard on my left peg. So pulling hard up with the left hand and actually fighting the force of my left foot/ leg pushing down also. It was incredibly hard and counter-intuitive to fix this, but you have to completely unweight the left peg and instead push down on the right peg. Voila, I can now wheelie forever! (at least up a long steep hill). When you learn this, it will transform your trials riding, as you can now correct the bike on rough uphill climbs when the front wheel is up in the air and the bike starts falling over to one side. 3. Floater turns. I see people make the mistake, as did I, of initiating an ambitious floater and you fall off to the inside. So attempt to float left, bike doesn't rotate enough, fall down to the left. So I figured out that to do a floater, a). your body stays mostly upright but you pull the bike to the side across your body with weight to the inside peg, and more critically b. you do this in such a way that you expect to 'catch' the float by then pressing down on the other peg (while now completely unweighting the inside peg) and this will make the bike go straight. So in other words, don't just try to float the front end around as far as possible - initiate the motion with the goal of straightening the bike out (upright) before the front wheel lands. How do you learn this peg weighting technique? See 'wheelies' above. 4. Turning. For the love of god, turning. Here was my mistake until last week. I would see a gnarly, tight, off camber turn. Prepare by weighting the hell of the outside peg. Go into turn, front wheel pushes, dab. So I just figured out that if you go into, say, a left hand turn, rather than pre-weighting the outside peg for traction, try initiating the turn by almost fully unweighting the outside peg and put all the weight on the inside peg. Once the bike flops over and starts to initiate the turn the way you want, shift weight to the outside peg. It's almost like a Scandinavian Flick, if you know what that is. So I guess everything to me has come down to peg weighting! I was doing some of this before, but not sufficiently. Hopefully this helps someone, hopefully not too much bad advice here. FWIW I ride in SoCal, so more traction here. Sorry for the essay. Please share similar revelations! 19 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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