- Tips for loosening up on the bike?
mintimperial – Member
I sing “Stay Loose” by Belle and Sebastian to myself when I’m setting off down something interesting-looking. No really, it works. (Other songs are available.)
I’ve done the same with Cool from West Side Story 😆 Boy, boy, crazy boy, stay loose boy, breeze it, buzz it, easy does it, turn off the juice boy.
I find really exaggerated movements help- big mad baggy knees and elbows. I don’t really know why, but I rationalise it that if I go far wider and looser than I need to, then if I tighten up I’ll still be quite open and loose.Posted 3 years agosvalgisMember
I usually try to open my thumbs, that seems to automatically loosen my grip overall which in turns transfers weight towards my feet which relaxes the upper body a bit. I find that soft thick grips makes this easier as I don’t have to grasp as tightly to maintain a good grip. I used to be a deathgripper with quite a bit of hand pain when things got rough but no more.Posted 3 years agomaxtorqueMember
Think about actively moving your mass for every obstacle and turn/berm/lump etc on the trail. Exaggerate it at first, learn to “pump” the bike hard on downslopes and out of corners, really try to lean the bike over with your outside pedal down on turns. Learn to pop the front wheel in the air with a pump and a weight shift, and use that all the time to prevent the bike getting hung up or stopped on lumpy terrain etc.
The more you move, the less rigid you will be 😉Posted 3 years ago
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