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3 Drills to Corner Better

These are 3 drills that will help you progress your cornering skill

Cornering is a multi-faceted skill with unlimited variations. Just think about how many conditions a cyclocross racer would face, and then multiply that by how many bike types and styles of riding there are! Cornering a mountain bike in B.C. Canada will require different positions, braking techniques, and different tires than if you are in a more desert location like Sedona.

Like many sports, it is wise to do isolated drills to increase your number of repetitions and practice the exact skill you want to use in your adventures. By minimizing distractions and time spent getting to that perfect corner in the forest you can make a lot of progress.


These are 3 of my favorite corner drills.

  1. off bike – practice leaning the bike while holding your body position and while looking with your lean
  2. Leaning the bike while riding in a straight line – practice shifting your hips back and forth
  3. Cone Drills – Slalom and Figure-8 – these are common ‘bike drills’ but using them in tandem with the above and really focusing on your bike LEANING and your hips/gaze shifting will help you make huge breakthroughs

3 Drills for Better Cornering

cornering basics and drills

 


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNzOBAKZ3TQ]

 

 

Cornering is essential to any type of cycling. We do it often and the better we can do it the faster we can go, the less work we have to do, the safer we will be and the more fun we can have.  Many cyclists get caught riding their bikes like it is stuck in a trainer and so it is upright the whole ride. This creates a situation where the terrain asks the bike to move to the side (like on a berm, or corner or when standing) and the rider must slow down and turn the handle bar significantly instead of leaning the bike to carve the corner like we would on skis or in board sports. Take your cornering out to a safe area and use these drills to grasp the concept of cornering so that you can enhance the fun factor on your next ride.

 

 

 

 

Cornering MTB on Dirt Berms – ep104

Today a look at cornering on bermed corners.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=652YXJuEWKo] *** ADDED NOTE ***
    Perhaps the most well dressed of the 6 viewers of bikeskillsproject.com commented on youtube that the level pedals may be confusing to some and perhaps feel awkward.

I always go with general rule of thumb that if we have a berm or we are going downhill we use level pedals if it is loose or off camber or flat (ie. road corners or many singletrack mtb corners) then we use outside foot down.

Level pedals in a Berm, especially smooth/high/tacky berms, allow for quick maneuvering of the bike around multiple corners and over whoops/bumps/jumps. The cost of switching becomes high once you are going fast around a pumptrack or park. 

These are obviously rule of thumbs with riders feeling more comfort in one position. In the video, the berms are not overly high and somewhat loose/bumpy so riders will move to outside foot down to gain a bit more traction.

 I have screen captured from the above video and you can see I have ‘ticked’ back a few degrees on my outside foot to move towards outside foot down but also keep pedals fairly level . Below is a shot of Danny Hart doing similar but 10x better. In both cases the key is that ‘we’ (me and my bro Danny) are on slightly loose and not overly high berms that don’t provide the unlimited traction of a smooth/bike park berm (past bikeskills video on bikepark berms).
 

*note if you do not know Danny Hart please watch this it will change cycling for you

 Every rider and situation will be different but what we want is to try the different techniques so you can start using and adapting to an optimal strategy for whatever situation you are in.

Thanks for the comment ! 

Bike Skills Project – Episode 26 – Corners with Berms

Bike Skills Project – Episode 26 – Corners with Berms

Yet again with the pump track ! This might be a key learning tool in the pursuit of Bike Skills ?Level pedals on berms is the flip side of the outside foot down cornering concept . The split between when to use which is fuzzy but the extremes (i.e. pump track vs. sweeping road corner) expose obvious advantages to using correct positioning.

Find some berms and get looking through them

**Local Bmx star B.A. will be all over me for not being an Ambi-turner and going for left foot forward on a left hand berm … I look forward to more advanced cornering with him on a future episode !

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeudOkowEI]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 26 – Corners with Berms

Yet again with the pump track ! This might be a key learning tool in the pursuit of Bike Skills ?

Level pedals on berms is the flip side of the outside foot down cornering concept . The split between when to use which is fuzzy but the extremes (i.e. pump track vs. sweeping road corner) expose obvious advantages to using correct positioning.

Find some berms and get looking through them

**Local Bmx star B.A. will be all over me for not being an Ambi-turner and going for left foot forward on a left hand berm … I look forward to more advanced cornering with him on a future episode !

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeudOkowEI]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 24 – Bar Width

If you find you have weakness in technical riding it is worth a look at your bar width as an easy way to get a bump in control, safety, skills (Steeze)

660-700 mm is what I believe folks should be running for most applications.

if you specialize in running through some sort of amazon jungle maze then keep rolling the way you are … if you want to be stable and enhance leverage/control then be open to change and experimentation .

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=049QV5TOL0U&w=420&h=315]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 23 – Pump Track Intro

We likely could have done this before yesterday’s post with DJ Adam Morka on Pump Track technique , but here is a quick intro to what the pump track is.

Specifically, what you are supposed to do as an end result on this berms and whoops ?

Goal #1 No Pedaling for full lap
Goal #2 No Brakes for full lap
Goal #3 Go Faster
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Go to it !

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkuqLMiwj4Q&w=420&h=315]

Bike Skills Project Episode 12 Practice Riding in the Mud (Mudding)

Realizing Mud = different than normal is the name of the game today. Embrace the weather, get on those awesome mud/rain clothes and go have some fun ! learning to ride/control a skid, being okay with getting off bike frequently, using the ‘out rigger’ all help make muddy races and rides WAY BETTER. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXZf5va-EWc&w=420&h=315]