Balancing Act- Ten Tips for Never Tipping

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3. The foot that you leave inrepparttar frontward position while descend a steep hill or while coasting is your ‘good foot.’ While balancing, either maintain a platform position or keep your ‘good foot’ ahead.

4. Turning your foot away fromrepparttar 144282 side you have your forward foot is called ‘Trackstanding.’ For instance, in case you have your left foot forward, turn your wheel clockwise. Once you have acquired this position, with your weight centered overrepparttar 144283 bike, tilt slightly and make pedal adjustments. Doing so would maintain your center of gravity and you will be a balanced position. This technique is useful in flat surfaces.

5. If you are to balance on uneven surfaces, ‘Rocking’ can help you. This is done by weight shifts and/or raisingrepparttar 144284 front and back wheels in a series, making some alterations to maintain your bike balanced; all alterations that you do have to be subtle.

6. Be seated unless you are coursing a rough terrain.

7. Do not griprepparttar 144285 handlebar very tight, especially when clearing obstacles, climbing or descending. You should be able to drum your fingers.

8. While climbing, have your weight rearwards, and to maintainrepparttar 144286 traction of front wheel, lean to shift some weight to your front wheel (this aspect is explained in details in chapter 12).

9. Just focus on where you have to go, not anywhere, you do not have to go.

10. Restore your balance soon. In case you wait long, probably you will not be able to do it afterward and possibly end up falling.

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Tips on a Comfortable, Efficient Position on the Bike

Written by Murray Priestley

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It is not impossible to find such a position in bikes. However, most people prefer small bikes because they are lighter, stiffer, stronger and more responsive. Experienced bike riders usually associate big frame bikes with newcomers. That is why they avoid bikes with big frames. However, when it comes to performance, those bikes are quite okay. A big frame bike provides a better perch with its weight, rust and squeaks. It gives a comfortable riding position.

Settling on a saddle height isrepparttar first step to determinerepparttar 144281 proper frame size ofrepparttar 144282 bike. The saddle height isrepparttar 144283 distance fromrepparttar 144284 top ofrepparttar 144285 saddle torepparttar 144286 center ofrepparttar 144287 bottom bracket. The seat tube angle determines this height to some extent. If you go farther behindrepparttar 144288 pedals on your seat, you will be farther away for any given saddle height. The saddle height of your bike should give you a comfortable position with proper leg extension.

The saddle height and fore-and-aft ness should allow you to have a slight bend in your knee atrepparttar 144289 bottom ofrepparttar 144290 stroke. After you setrepparttar 144291 saddle height and fore-and-aft ness, you can raiserepparttar 144292 bars slightly to ensure more comfort. Most ofrepparttar 144293 riders haverepparttar 144294 tops ofrepparttar 144295 bars whererepparttar 144296 drops are. The drops remain down so far that they never get to them. There are various reasons why they cannot raiserepparttar 144297 bars enough. It may be due to a short stem quill or a low stem angle. It may also happen ifrepparttar 144298 frame is too small. Sometimes,repparttar 144299 reason may be a combination of all these. The most common way to raiserepparttar 144300 stem on a bike is with either an up jotter like those you find on some mountain bikes or a long-quill "periscope" style.

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