It happens at some point, you loose momentum and just fall over. Or maybe your front wheel hits an obstacle that is bigger than you expected. Ever go through a puddle that you are unsure of how deep it is?
I was training with a client who asked me how to improve his overall cycling skills, this was the first thing that came to mind: 3 main things for any cycling situation you may encounter!
You can minimize the chance of something like this happening with 3 main moves that you can practice most anywhere – and they are great for all levels of riders.
Wheelies are made up of three main parts.
The launch, getting the front wheel off the ground. The balancing portion, riding the wheelie as long as you safely can. This is the most difficult part of wheelie to master. And lastly, set down phase, placing the front wheel back on the ground as safely as possible, trying to place as little wear and tear as possible on your bike.
Most everyone keeps a finger on the rear brake incase they feel like they are going to fall backwards.
The wheelie is great for going through mud puddles & getting less mud from the front wheel on you. You just do a wheelie over the puddle & only the rear wheel goes through the puddle. There are times where you will loose much less momentum just by getting the front wheel over, like roots, and step-ups. Do just enough of a wheelie to get the front tire over and then shift your weight forward and the rear wheel will follow.
~Learning the wheelie is a must before you can learn the Bunny-hop.
the bunny hop is one of the first and most basic tricks a bicycle rider typically learns. Once the bunny-hop has been learned you have greater chance of avoiding potholes and other hazards, hopping onto curbs, hopping over other various obstacles.
As the front wheel of the bike is approaching the obstacle, the rider crouches down (and/or compresses the front suspension) then pulls up on the handlebars, lifting the front wheel of the bike up into the air at the height required to clear the obstacle. Next, the rider vigorously pushes down on the pedals, then lifts up the feet while bending the knees and pushing the handle-bars forward.
Just like in the wheelie make sure to keep the front wheel straight when landing.
The term track stand comes from well, the track or Velodrome. This is a short oval and usually banked surface bicycle racing.
The track stand can be very useful in different situations where you may need to A) balance B) briefly stop or pause momentum.
A basic track stand holds the bicycle’s cranks in a horizontal position. Track stands employ a small uphill section of ground. Slow as you roll up to the uphill section, then stop while rotate the handle-bars to about a 45 degree angle. Now use the pedals, handlebars, bike, and uphill to maintain balance on the bike.
Having the handle-bars at a 45 degree angle, allows the person’s forward and back motion to be the bike’s side-to-side motion beneath the rider’s body. This allows the rider to keep the bike directly below his or her center of gravity.
These three things will normally get you out of most cycling situations. As with anything, you will improve with practice.