Introduction: Bikeskills: How to Handle Slippery Roots, Rocks and Water Crossings

This brief instructional video from http://www.Bikeskills.com will help you learn how to deal with tricky and slippery roots, rocks, and water crossings. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear any time you ride a bike and especially when you are learning a new and/or applying a new skill.

Comments

Malhecho (author)2011-11-07

yeah the gravel and garden rocks got me. ate $hit on freemont street with my beach cruiser good times though. also sand at the beach. but sand is soft so i dont mind

Prometheus (author)2009-04-19

Good tips, except for weight transfer.....you should always favor the rear when approaching an obstacle, and then move weight forward as you overcome it. The missing information here is to point your toes down on the pedals to help lift the rear wheel over, instead of simply ramming the rear wheel into it. Water-crossings: If you can't see the bottom readily through the water, you should probably walk it. Stopping to toss a rock in is rather useless, and there is not always a rock around of ideal size/mass. If you can't see how shallow it is, walk the mere few feet. It would take 10 seconds instead of the 2 minutes to hunt for an ideal rock just to see if you can ride through it. Shouldering your bike will also protect it from excessive submersion which would damage bearings and the chain. I hate to say, but this crew has much to learn and little to teach just yet. Just because you can do it doesn't mean it's always a good idea overall...environmentally or logically. Too bad you kids never rode with me in the day....If you wanted technical riding, I'd have shown you how to ride what most cyclists' walked. Perhaps I am expecting too much? Is this for people who think Huffy or Sears is a good brand of bicycle, and have never heard of Specialized/Trek/Cannondale or similar brands that make the real thing? Maybe I'm being too critical as I have not understood the gradient of the market that "bikeskills" caters to? Forgive me, but when I used to be on group rides, yours would have been left behind by hours. Perhaps I am jaded because I can see what I am approaching, and make a decision on ride or walk a bit faster....I'm just not sure where this is aimed because extremely-basic terrain is used to try to demonstrate higher skills not useful in the demonstration as if it required more skill than it does. The obstacles weren't even challenging for an urban rider, yet it's demonstrated like you were climbing a 2-foot shelf, and inaccurate in execution and narration. If you are demonstrating a skill, why not use terrain that actually demands it so that the process can be seen? I wouldn't bunny-hop a pebble to demonstrate "stump-jumping". I know you don't take advice from a now-crippled cycling expert/professional, but maybe you could actually do videos of the technique with terrain that actually demands it so something can be learned? You can't teach someone the nuances of downhill-racing with nothing more than a speed-bump....

BigShotUK (author)Prometheus2009-10-30

I don't think there's any pretence that this video is teaching the nuances of downhill racing. It's clearly a video for very basic level riders. It's also only 5 minutes long - hardly enough time to really elaborate on any of the skills - it is necessarily brief.

As for the level of riding. You speak like you're a rider of long ago. I've been riding bikes on and off for 15 years (longer or shorter than you, I don't know) so have been able to see the progression. Simply put - the level of riding of elite riders 15 years ago was nowhere even close to the level the current crop are riding at.

For a simple comparisson grab a VHS of your favourite bike video from yesteryear, watch it, then watch one of the current ones. They hardly even compare things have changed so much. Not just the technique for bigger drops, faster turns and so on, but the level of fitness too.

You say that back in the day you'd have shown them how to ride things most people walked... but the current crop of top riders would show you how to ride things that back then would not just have people walking, but looking for an alternative route. With the level of fitness of the current crop, the chances you'd have left them all watching you vanish into the distance are pretty slim.

My standard? Mainly singletracks, fireroads and other assorted fun in the UK. Also downhill around Chamonix Mont Blanc. Not what you'd call an armchar rider anyway.
I started off with rigid frames and forks, then onto a hardtail (which I did the bulk of my riding on) and played around on a fully suspended bike too.

Your comment about favouring the rear makes me wonder what you rode. Certainly on a rigid bike you'd be more inclined to the rear, but on hardtails and fully suspended bikes the front forks play a huge part and weighting the rear wheel reduces their effectiveness.

I think this video does a good job of explaining the very basics. Yes, there are things missed out, like lifting the rear wheel, but on a fully suspended bike that's far less necessary than on hardtails and rigid bikes.

You did acknowledge that they are good tips, and there I agree, but it sems wierd your saying what you've said about the tips given here by a rider with an X-Games gold medal and several championship golds in 4-cross, dual slalom and downhill.

Glad to reprt I'm still in one piece - though I had some close calls - as for really serious injury... it sounds like you and Tara Llanes have that in common. Never good to see someone cut down like that.

All the best.