Riding down steps and
Ah, steps is something I’m good on, as I’m floaty light.
The faster you go, the less impact you will have on each step. You will ‘skim’ the edges, rather than bounce up and down each one.
There’s quite a big flight coming down off the roundabout, at Canary Wharf, down to the riverside walkway. I just bomb down. The slower you go, the more bumpy it is.
Fast, weight back, DO NOT BRAKE. If you brake, you will go over the bars, and mash your face up.Posted 9 years agojamesMember
Irregularly spaced stuff gets a bit harder:
And wooden board stuff harder again, especially if the backs aren’t fully filled inPosted 9 years ago
i thought he meant ‘urban’ steps at first.
here many steps in the wild are a small tree held back with spikes in the ground like those with boards shown above. when wet they are a **** nightmare if you don’t hit the first one roughly square on. problem is they are often wet.
same applies when riding down tehm though. speed and skim over ’em…Posted 9 years ago
“Don’t use your front brake”??
You need to use a fair bit of front brake (and the rear) on steps around Hebden IME. You need to go down as slow as possible on some sets because of no run-out or sudden tight turn at the bottom etc.
Don’t hang off the back of your saddle too much. Locked arms are of no use. Get low but more central on your bike. Elbows bent.
And yes, start easy/small/regular and go from there 🙂Posted 9 years agodevsMember
The nice ones are between Cullen and Portknockie on the Moray Coast. The unridable ones are called the Giant’s Steps and are east of Cullen on the coastal path. It’s a great ride but that bit is quite intimidating even on foot. We rode the grass to the right after carrying down the first half. The “steps” at the top are 3ft drops with little ledges to stand on. I’m sure Hans Rey or Danny Macaskill could do it but no one has as far as I am aware.Posted 9 years agobombermanMember
what i find is, on regularly spaced steps it all seems a bit too easy until you start going too fast and thats when you lose control- it all gets a bit too bouncy! so you need to keep it smooth and controlled so as not to HAVE to use your brakes too much.
If youre going too fast and need to slow it down remember that too much of either brake will cause you to A) go into a back wheel skid or B) go over the bars. I’d rather over-brake using the rear than go over the bars any day but a bit of front brake applied at the right time is often a lot more effective in slowing you down. The more you get a feel for these things the more you learn how much of each brake you can get away with.
i’m a bit of a wuss on irregular steps. especially if they’re wet/muddy. If i can see a good place to bail (like on devs pic there’s a grass banking on the right. still look bloody steep though!) but if they’re steep and trecherous i tend to walk and be really pi**ed off with myself afterwards for not giving them a try.Posted 9 years agosimon1975Subscriber
These in Nottingham are good fun; they start off steep and scary but the spacing of the lower sets exactly matches your wheelbase and are a right giggle.
As they say, “Practice makes Perfect”, just keep building up until you’re confident on higher sets.
For what it’s worth, I always find that I’ve got much more control on a rigid bike – for example, on the packhorse trail down Stanage… Maybe not as fast as with a bouncy fork, but the bike is much more controllable.Posted 9 years ago
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