- Help me get over this minor obstacle
It’s concrete, with got a hard (potentially tyre-ripping) edge. Should be able to just bunny hop over it to then ride along the foot high wall but the fear of smashing my face on the concrete after an OTB event is preventing that. If it didn’t have that bit that’s a 10cm higher at the start I don’t think there’d be a problem, just keep thinking the front wheel will get destabilized as it comes off it onto the wall beyond. So I just ride up to it and hop the front wheel onto it then slam on the brakes. Every time.
Any tips for approaching it please?
Images feature a 26″ rigid MTB for scale.
Posted 1 year ago
There’s no run up from the side due to a building. The grass slopes lightly up behind me, and to the right. The height is not a major problem for bunny hop, more the prospect of it going wrong. Which is why I then try to do it in two stages, front wheel up, then back wheel, but the front wheel would drop just as I try to get the back up so I chicken out instead.Posted 1 year agoRoter SternMember
The hardest part is getting your front wheel onto the top. If you can do that approach it at a brisk walking pace lift up the bars and aim to land the front wheel just after the edge. Once the front wheel is on the ledge shift your weight forward to bring up the rear wheel (much easier with spds as you can just lift up your knees too) and land rear wheel just after the ledge too. No need for brakes at all but you should cover them just in case.Posted 1 year agomolgripsSubscriber
To get onto obstacles I approach slowly, lift the front wheel then throw my weight forward and jab the front brake to get the back wheel up, then when it’s up I shove the bike forward underneath me to get it onto the obstacle. Sounds hard but not that difficult once you get it together. Practice it on kerbs.Posted 1 year ago
@maxtorque Been riding the FS on hols for last two weeks. Couldn’t resist a quick blast on the rigid after getting back. Felt good, so responsive!
Might try the full face and pads, good idea just might feel a bit stupid riding around town like that!
I know the principle of what I need to do and have practiced the technique elsewhere but this keeps stumping mePosted 1 year agoplyphonMember
How much speed can you get up rolling into it?
I’d be tempted to do like a rear-hop type thing, landing back wheel first onto the top and letting the front land well past onto the drop. It’s just a gap really, but with a small 2nd drop at the end that’s pranging you out. The thing that will ruin your day is the rear hanging up and sending you forward. I mean, the front hanging up with ruin your day also, but getting the front over should be a piece of piss.Posted 1 year ago
Was going to do it on commute home this evening. Without pads or full face as previously mentioned. However cross wind and rain made me reconsider. Starting to think docgeoffyjones had the right idea: see how the bike rolls over it (without being on it) and take it from there. Doing this on flat pedals, ditched SPDs a couple of years ago.Posted 1 year agojoebristolSubscriber
It looks fairly easy to me. I don’t think I’d be aiming to go at it fast and fully bunny hop over the first taller bit onto the wall after – that’s got way more chance of going wrong.
Id think just roll up to it at walking pace ish, then lift the front wheel so it lands on the top, then just lift the back wheel. The front wheel doesn’t look like it has more than about 10cm to drop so can’t see that being an issue.Posted 1 year ago
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