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  • RudeBoy
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    So. Near me, there’s an underpass, that has a 45º banked bit between the ground and wall. That, I can ride no probs. But what I’d like to do, to impress the girls, is to be able to ride the actual wall itself. I can get near vertical on the tops of berms, and I know that it’s centrifugal force keeping me up, but I’d like to be able to at least get my tyres on the vertical bit, even for just a second or so. Then, I would look like I have skilz dem, and be Rad to the Power of Sick, Dude. Or something.

    And tips?

    It’s a tiled wall, so not the best grip. I just don’t seem to be able to make the transition from the 45º bit, to the vertical surface. I can get my tyres into the join between the two angled surfaces, but no higher. Mainly, my bottle goes at that point. I’ve seen others ride walls with similar banking, and would like to be able to learn this skill.

    Help me please.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    And tips?

    Yes.

    Dont practice in front of said girlies….

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Mainly, my bottle goes at that point

    The crux of the matter.
    You just have to know you can do it.

    neilforrow
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    more speed. hit it fast.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Rub a Pritt-Stick on your tyres.

    GW
    Member

    Tiled walls?

    easy

    Premier Icon njee20
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    If you get halfway and change your mind, a big handful of front brake will save you. And video it.

    **awaits hilarious video**

    GW
    Member

    confidence and commitment is what you really need!

    twohats
    Member

    Bank to walls are dead easy to ride!
    Aim to be approaching the wall at about 45-50 degrees on the 1st few attempts, have enough speed so that you bunny hop out of the bank and into the wall at such an angle that both wheels hit at the same time and kind of slide down the wall to get a feel for what’s happening. As you get more confident, use more speed and less of an angle, not forgetting to pull the front end off the wall on re-entry!
    The trick is to try and forget about the missing transition between the 45 degrees of the bank to 90 degrees of the wall!
    It also helps if you learn on a grippy wall rather than a tiled one!

    devs
    Member

    Bejaysus. That guy is off his trolley. Some of his “wallrides” are more like collisions!

    stay of da breaks.no bottle=no skillz. lulz

    JonEdwards
    Member

    That Reuben Alcantra vid makes the main points – you need speed to hold you up against the wall (maybe not *quite* as much as RA!) and you need to get the bike as perpendicular to the wall as you dare.

    Balls and commitment in other words!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Watch a lot of videos. Visualise….

    Van Halen
    Member

    the more perpendicular you are the better. aim to be turning on the vert bit. i`d hop off asap if its slippy.

    the faster the better.

    atlaz
    Member

    Not done it on a bike but as a nipper, I could wallride on a skateboard. Basically mostly what everyone else says, there’s 10% skills and 90% commitment. Get the angle right and get your positioning on the bike right and then it#s all about the bottle.

    Incidentally, a really half-arsed wallride is far more painful to come off on than a commited but ultimately bad one.

    tomlevell
    Member

    Centrifugal force doesn’t exist so don’t use that
    ;0)

    RudeBoy
    Member

    (Watches Reuben Alcantara vid; thinks ‘how hard can it be?’ Then realises that he does not in any way possess anywhere near the skilz dem to even contemplate being able to do such insane stuff. Cries, at the futility of it all…)

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve just got to psyche meself up for it. I’ve got to being able to flip me back wheel round slightly, to be able to exit straighter. So, I need to ‘hop’ into the vertical bit? Not just ride into it?

    I take it flats are preferable to spuds?

    Speed. Right. Speed.

    Where’s me hoody and baggy jeans….?

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    if you’re going to try to learn these riding SPDs, DEFINITELY video your attempts freddo…

    naaa SPD’s will be fine, in fact i hear toestraps and track pedals are the way foreward. After all everyone on STW possesses the reaction times of a stopwatch, the ability to unclip in any situation and has learnt to fall correctly?

    Van Halen
    Member

    dont hop into it. ride up the 45 degree bank ride up the vert bit turning (or carving) up to the apex a little hop and drop into bank.

    you can ride down onto the bank if you like but if its slippy or you are riding out too flat the back might slide on descent.

    start with just the front wheel on teh vert a couple of times then give it some beans and scrape the roof.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ll do the Cwmcarn one one day too.

    Rudey, please video it – even if you don’t crash, I just want to see 🙂 There aren’t enough vids of STWers pushing their own weekend warrior boundaries…

    mark_b
    Member

    There aren’t enough vids of STWers pushing their own weekend warrior boundaries…

    Can’t do video but would a picture help – in this case it really is just a matter of riding on, staying off the brakes and remaining committed….

    martinxyz
    Member

    that approach berm looks so wrong.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    mark_b, that one looks cool. The Cwmcarn one is about a quarter that size and has a really crappy transition to run into it. That’s what puts me off…

    mark_b
    Member

    I’m not sure what purpose the first berm serves – a flat corner would be just as effective.

    And having looked at the Cwm Carn wall ride and then having ridden the one at Glentress there is just no comparison. Cwm Carn you’ve got to be able to jump into the wall which ups the ante a lot !

    jedi
    Member

    the pic above is a big wooden berm.it has to be vert to be a wallride

    mark_b
    Member

    Ah well – my glory moment last for a day or so and is dismissed out of hand 🙁

    FoxyChick
    Member

    I was impressed mark_b!! 8)

    Nasty jedi…

    😉

    jedi
    Member

    its still a nice move but its a berm. sorry 🙂

    its dont change the pic,thats cool

    mark_b
    Member

    Thanks FoxyChick 😛

    ‘Tis another valuable lesson for Rudeboy – don’t even think about claiming it as a wall ride unless it’s properly vert 8)

    Looks like non of the GT ‘wallrides’ pass muster…

    jedi
    Member

    none of them true.

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