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alf01alf01 Posts: 19
edited May 2008 in MTB beginners
Quick technique question

how do I deal with ruts running along a track or diagonally across?

do I avoid at all costs?

zig zag across them or get in and follow the rut?


  • LordBanksLordBanks Posts: 358
    i find a relaxed method is best, don't try to fight it, that'll just have you off, go with the flow.
  • clantonclanton Posts: 1,288
    As above and also remember to look where you want to go ie well down the track not at the rut otherwise you'll keep hitting the sides of it!
  • LordBanksLordBanks Posts: 358
    Also, when (if) you want to leave the rut to change direction, try to take all you weight of the bike, not quite a bunnyhop, but almost a velvety smooth manipulation of your steed to free yourself from the farmers land rovers tracks. (anyone tell i'm abit drunk? :lol: )
  • alf01alf01 Posts: 19
    cool cheers,
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    If you're coming up to ruts running diagonally across your path, it will help you to steer to the side of the track and then swerve to tackle them head on.

    That way your wheel is less likely to follow the rut.

    Also, if they're deep or hardbaked, give a quick pull up on the bars before you hit and unweight the rear wheel (lean forward) as the back wheel hits.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    best way is to slightly pop the front wheel up, and manual across them. Or failing that, completely unweight the front wheel.
  • bikeperson45bikeperson45 Posts: 415
    Me like trials biking me do
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