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Correct way to pedal

I've managed to break my bike frame, and after doing some reading, it is possible that I'm not pedaling correctly by putting too much into my power stroke (see the related question I keep breaking my ...
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How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt?

The general advice about cornering is to lean the bike, not the body, to put pressure on the outside foot, and not to brake or brake only with the rear brake if absolutely needed. --me There are ...
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Any tips on riding a roll-off, followed by a trench?

Any tips on riding this section of the trail? The land is sandy and the clearance afterwords is several meters. I can't ride it slowly, as it is too steep and the sand will slide off. I suspect the ...
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Is this a stunt or a useful descent technique?

In many mtb movies about the style "Downhill" the riders casually twist their fork and front tire at jumps, such as here and here. Is this a stunt for "cool points" or does it aid in stability/speed ...
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Planting a foot when cornering: when and how?

Recently I have noticed the following. When doing extremely tight turns e.g. 90 degree trail turn, I tend to: Get out of my high saddle, position in front of it and low over the top tube Stick the ...
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Differential foot stress?

I'm having some pain issues (won't get specific, I know not to let the Internet diagnose me) in one foot but not the other. What kinds of motions on a bike stress one foot more than the other? So far ...
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MTB: choosing trajectory (line) through a turn

Consider a 3 meter wide track, the incline is 30 degrees, the terrain is dirt road with some sand, rocks, maybe mud. An at least 90 degree turn is approaching, and you have clear visibility of the ...
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How to select gearing for descent?

For riding on level surface one should strive for high cadence. However, what is the best solution when descending over rough terrain? On one hand, because the legs are better suspension when the ...
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Should I apply pressure on the saddle during downhill on a rigid frame

It is known that, while climbing, one should apply consistent and maximum weight to their saddle, in order to have precious rear tire traction. The other day I was going down a dirt road, and the ...
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Any drills for looking while riding?

I have come to believe that the major skill when riding singletrack is scanning the terrain. After any turn there could be a hiker, a fallen log or just a boulder that you didn't memorize during the ...
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Would learning to ride a unicycle boost biking skills?

Unicycles are not particularly expensive, seem to be light and portable, also fun. This gets me wondering if spending a couple of months to learn riding such a thing would boost a mountain biker's ...
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Reducing saddle bounce when increasing cadence

Trying up my cadence, but noticing a fair bit of saddle bounce. Few things that could be contributing. I use toeclips over cleats saddle height (thou I'm at the sweet spot of full leg extension ...
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Trouble balancing when starting

I recently starting riding again (stopped for 10 years) and am having balance problems when starting. Using the proper starting technique causes me to wobble and lose my balance, tho' I haven't ...
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What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?

At work we have hooks attached to the wall so that we can hang our bikes from the front wheel. They're effectively the same as these: I see heaps of people struggling to lift their bikes onto the ...
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Garden of stones, that are similar to watermelons

There is this trail around my location. Half of it is a rock garden. The stones are similar to the picture below. The elevation is not extreme - one can ride uphill, at the lowest gear. My bike has ...
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Should the hands be used for absorbing the impact after a jump?

I am trying to learn some very small jumps and bunny-hops. It seems that upon landing from either, there are two options. I am talking here only about the moment of the impact with ground, and not ...
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Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?

How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt? Is cornering in snow any different? I usually attempt to keep at least half my weight on the front wheel for stability when ...
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Effective use of a coaster brake?

I recently got a basic beater bike for pootling around the neighbourhood. All it has for brakes is a rear Sturmey-Archer AWC coaster brake. Having used almost every other kind of hand-operated brake ...
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Why and how much is riding big-chainring-frong small-cog-rear a negative practice?

A friend of mine is riding consistently in largest chainring front and smallest cog rear. The corresponding teeth counts are respectively 44 and 11. The bicycle is an Acera-level mountain bike with ...
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How to get weight over the back under hard braking

I've just been doing some hill repeats and killing the boredom I got thinking, what is the best position to be in when braking hard (emergency stop, coming downhill etc.)? Obviously you want to keep ...
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How to perform a long-distance bunny-hop?

When I need to clear a missing pothole or a slippery section of the trail, I try to make the hop as long-distance as possible. The result is that, unlike when hopping onto something elevated, now I ...
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Saddle getting in place when cornering on MTB - what to do?

I am practicing the technique of cornering, where one must lean the bicycle into the turn, while keeping the body more or less vertical. A (possibly exaggerated) picture I found on Google: The ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a used-to-...
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How to practice jumping over cars with disc brakes and SPD shoes?

This question here raises a sub-question, to avoid accidents. I am looking for some safe ways to practice jumping over cars. I use SPD shoes and disc brakes because I have noticed that I can burst ...
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Rolling dismount: leg crosses over in front of you or behind?

When doing a rolling dismount, one foot stays on its pedal, the other has to cross over somehow. Would you suggest crossing over in front of you (while sitting, folding you knee to allow the cross-...
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Occassionally Dropping Chain On Downshifts

Very occasionally my chain will come of the small chainwheel on a downshift. It is not at all predictable, except that it always happens when the I'm doing an unloaded shift in preparation for a climb....
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Which foot to put forward when coasting or track-standing?

I am mostly concerned about track-stand here, because it requires much balance, so the question on "which foot to put forward" seems important enough. This tutorial says "stand up with your strong ...
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How should I alight from the pavement?

Whenever I'm exploring a new bike route or climbing a steep hill, I often need to get of the road and onto the pavement to avoid motorists, pushing my bike on the pavement until I feel it is ...
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Bike Balancing, How is it done?

When riding hands free, I am noticing my bike is more oriented towards a particular direction (In my case: left). I tried to check of what my problems might be: I check the handles, if they were of ...
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Should one pedal over a mild slope? [duplicate]

I do a bit of cycling these days, as in nearly 50 km a day. I do a ring-route. And, there is a mild slope, safe enough to sprint on, and roughly 2 km long with at a worst-case 400 m line of site ...
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Tire feedback when cornering

So I bought a Continental Der Kaiser (similar to this one) and the peripheral knobs are pure magic. When I shift my weight slightly to the side, the central thread disengages and the peripheral ...
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Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
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Lowrider style bent forks techniques

Would a 24 inch bent fork fit on a 20 inch frame? Is there even a 24 inch fork? Would a 26 inch fit? Also if it doesn't fit in could I just add to the 20 inch - would you be able to extend it making ...
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What is the best pedalling technique to heal and prevent patellar tendonitis?

I have a very mild case of patellar tendonitis. But, it is a chronic and recurring problem I have been dealing with since 2011. I get it mainly from playing tennis. But, I notice that when biking I ...
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How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?

My front brake is not operational and it will be a couple of days before the replacement Shimano Deore arrives. There are probably other use cases for braking with a rear brake. For example, pad ...
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Where should pedals be located?

I've noticed that while riding, whether uphill, downhill, or on a flat, if I move my body to the front of the saddle to where the pedals are behind me, pedaling is much easier. I'm not sure if it's my ...