Riding walls; any tips?
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.
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.Posted 8 years agotwohatsMember
Bank to walls are dead easy to ride!Posted 8 years ago
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!atlazMember
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.Posted 8 years agoRudeBoyMember
(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….?Posted 8 years agoVan HalenMember
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.Posted 8 years ago
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 !Posted 8 years ago
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