anyone think this is bikeable?
Looks BMXable to me.
CX bike. Flat out. Just pump tyres up hard!
Just picturing someone trying that, hitting them at 25mph or so. Wondering how it would go wrong.. 😀
So breaking while on the steps is not a good idea? Cos I´m sure I´d be tempted.
Stay loose, heels down, don’t use the front brake, weight slightly back, and you can ride down pretty much any set of steps ever, on pretty much any bike. Tiny pic, but I used to ride down these almost every week on a bmx, no probs.
Posted 6 years agoseosamh77Subscriber
So breaking while on the steps is not a good idea?
back brake if you really have to, and at worst feather the front really lightly at the same time, don’t lock up what ever you do. Although can’t say i’ve been down many stairs since i was a kid… but that’s what i remember, try it on a smaller set of similar steps first.Posted 6 years ago
Ok, I´ll have a go at it this weekend. Just waiting on some new cranks to arrive.
Where is it, looks nice?
it´s where I live, San Sebastian, Basque CountryPosted 6 years ago
These steps, over on the right of the pic, have just been built near where I live. I pass them everyday going to work but I´m not sure if I´ve got the beans to attempt going down them.
Would you do it? (my bike is full sus,160mmforks)Posted 6 years ago
I can´t find a closer pic, might grab one with the phone tomorrow.simon1975Subscriber
Yes you need to practice on some smaller steps to build up your confidence. It’s quite possible to stop completely and “trackstand” midway down a staircase – but I try to maintain a very slow rolling pace by dragging both brakes. If you just launch them you’ll go very fast very quickly and not be able to stop or slow. I find slow technical riding much easier with a rigid fork, so perhaps you could try using your lockout(s).Posted 6 years ago
Doug, you´re the only person I know mental enough to try those lighthouse steps all the way down, they really are as steep as they appear in that pic.
I can manage the first couple of sets then I bottle it and walk 🙁
I´m going to London for a few days in Sept. so I gave jedi a call to see if I could do a one-to-one session with him to work on jumps etc but he´s booked up with all the Stw´ers.
I´ll have a go at the steps anyway, and try and get a pic while I´m there, plenty of bemused tourists about to help with that.Posted 6 years agoSiBMember
Was much like yourself with the can I cant I question before I went to the Pyrenees earlier this year. One of the rides ended in a village with big flight of steps down which before the ride in the hills I woudn’t have contemplated but at the end of the ride it was arse out and let the bike do the work. If you’re committed you’ll easily do it again and again and wonder why you ever doubted yourself.
I now take a route home which takes in some very old battered steep crumbling sleeper steps all slippery and green in some woods and find myself getting excited before reaching them…adrenalin? I still wonder how I get to the bottom of themPosted 6 years agoTrimixMember
I love a challange, with steps I find if you go too slow the pitching forward/backward of the bike can compress the forks and steepen it all up a bit, sending you over the bars.
A little speed will have you skimming the tops with you hanging off the back as far as you can. Of course saddle down as far as it will go.Posted 6 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
I’m far from gnarr but those steps look fairly tame (perhaps the photo doesn’t do them justice but given they’re newly built I can’t see then being like some silly-steep health hazard steps of ye olde days). Still you could easily come off and break something so not sure I’d bother myself :pPosted 6 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Rode a lot of steps while I was at uni (there were a lot of steps) some of them were very narrow, steep and a decent length without a break. Probably not as narrow and steep at the lighthouse ones, though!
I found the scariest bit was rolling up to the top, the anticipation rising the closer you get, and the steeper the flight, the longer it takes to see down the flight. Then suddenly they’re revealed, and you’ve got no time to get used to the view before your front wheel is rolling over the first step. So easy to jam on the brakes and refuse at that point.
Once you’re in and rolling, you’re fine. Never came a cropper on any once I was in. Although I did pinch my jangles climbing off the back when someone appeared at the bottom of a set just as I rolled in.
My approach: Yes. Hardtail, as it’s what I’ve got. (I’d rather not be in the drops of a cx bike for this!) Unless the edge of the steps are rounded and slippery, it’s easy to control the speed down to a crawl with judicious use of both brakes. Brakes off for the last section or so for celebratory speed!
Have a look at the angle from the side. It’s often surprising how shallow the angle really is. They might only be 35 degrees, or maybe less.Posted 6 years ago
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