Help, technique

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Chucker_Dude
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Help, technique

Postby Chucker_Dude » Wed Jul 25, 2007 22:14 pm

Every 3 or so rides i go on, i seem to wreck my bike!

I seem to be crashing the same way aswell. I always crash on a drop, I will land the drop fine and as i go to brake either to corner or to slow down, I go flying over the bars! Im using the front brake as ive been told to, and the back brake just makes the bike skid, and i may not stop in time :?

what am i doing wrong? Any advice?

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Postby supersonic » Wed Jul 25, 2007 22:29 pm

You need to alter your breaking technique - don't use the front brakes in the corner! Keep you fingers over the levers and feather the brakes rather than just on/off. learn when the wheels lock and the difference weight shifts make.

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Postby Chucker_Dude » Wed Jul 25, 2007 22:35 pm

ok that doesnt sound too hard, just need practice.

what about travelling fast downhill like after a drop?

weight back and use both brakes?

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Postby supersonic » Wed Jul 25, 2007 22:37 pm

Keep the bike straight, and control the bike on the brakes. Its about 'feel' - so yep, practice!

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Postby Chucker_Dude » Wed Jul 25, 2007 22:39 pm

ok, once my bike is fixed im gonna ride my downhills 100 times to get my technique dialled! :D

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Postby Thantos » Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:43 pm

What brakes are you running?
Different makes produce different levels of 'feedback'.

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Postby Chucker_Dude » Thu Jul 26, 2007 15:48 pm

Im running Tektro IO disc brakes, with 180mm front rotor.

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Postby L60N » Wed Aug 08, 2007 16:29 pm

At Dalby last weekend i came to the end of a very fast,steep run with a cunning double jump :shock:

I was going so fast i didnt see it till it was too late, made the first jump fine, but the second one came too fast for me to lift the front, basically the bike almost left my grip AND my feet left the pedals :roll:

Just about held it together by maintaining as low centre of gravity as possible :wink:

Which saved my pride since about 4 guys were at the bottom expecting the worst, but I ended up looking rather cool.....ish :twisted: :twisted:

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Postby Sir HC » Wed Aug 08, 2007 18:35 pm

Mechanical disc brakes arn't as good as hydros, Deore hyrdraulics would be a good upgrade. Better tyres will give you more grip and will stop you sliding.


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