Month: October 2012

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 .


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

Go to it !


Bike Skills Project – Episode 20 – J Hop (Bunny Hop) No Clipless Pedals – Featuring Zach Tatem

Awesome idea today featuring local hero Zach Tatem

As a drill try taking those clip-less pedals off , or breaking out that vintage Schwinn BMX ride .

Remembering that we want that front wheel up first and then using our arms to equalize the bike is so key to success on the trail (and mad steeze in the park)

You want steeze … get practicing .


Bike Skills Project – Episode 18 – Water Crossings

Quick Idea today. Water crossings are something that seem to get way more complicated than they need to be. Speed, ready position and looking where you want to go get you throw most and a bit of rear wheel awareness / Floating make the hardest ones more possible. Some are long enough to require pedaling but most are just quick ‘dips’ . Don’t be afraid … treat them like rock gardens . [youtube]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 17 – No Pedaling into Obstacles – Death to the 'Cat Walk'

Cat Walks are a method to loft the front wheel. Wheelies would be the more grown-up method of describing it. Manuals are generally balancing the front wheel in the air without pedaling. So Wheelies are awesome and something I wish I had way more skills on and work on whenever I get a chance. That said that tends to be overused in beginners as a crutch to get the front wheel up , which is generally a job for a non-pedaling ‘front wheel lift’ in the style of a manual (baby manual or ‘pop-a wheelie’ really). So Goal today is to use some momentum and/or little sprint efforts to get enough speed for obstacles, be in that ready/attack position and take on that obstacle with steady base. [youtube]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 16 – Bump and Run (trackstand)

This was a great little drill we did recently at Durham Forest in Ontario. We had a little group working on some basic slow speed skills. The ‘Bump and Run’ has been a drill I have used personally and with clients for years to improve slow speed skills and introduce/perfect the track stand. [youtube]

Bike Skills Project – Episode 15 – Smooth Out Your Ride with a 'baby' manual

Another awesome way to make your rides 10x better and impress the opposite Sex Whenever we have two ‘bumps’ close together we can do a little manual to make our front wheel miss the ‘down’ portion of the first obstacle and the ‘up’ portion of the second obstacle. Even that classic ‘pop-a-wheelie’ will do the trick for smaller gaps if your manual needs work This has it’s origin in BMX where they use a manual to clear the front wheel over 1 or more ‘whoops’ . Adapting this to bumps, roots, rocks and logs on the trail can smooth out your ride and even make ‘impossible’ obstacles possible ! [youtube]

Bike Skills Project Ep14 – Front Wheel / Rear Wheel Awareness

Really cool and useful Idea today The more we can be conscious of what our front wheel and, more specifically, the rear wheel is doing the more we can smooth/speed up our rides . What we are aiming to do here is start accounting for where the rear wheel will track when we are cornering. Great way to take advantage of this is by throwing the front wheel outside of rocks/roots to help the rear wheel find smooth trail. [youtube]