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The Den => Newbies Corner => Topic started by: Doe on August 31, 2011, 12:54:23 PM

Title: Landing on front tire
Post by: Doe on August 31, 2011, 12:54:23 PM
I am able to ride over the Concrete Pillbox on the Schoen Creek trail, landing on my front tire.  As I read things online trying to learn more, it seems that this is not a good idea, although I have not had a problem with it.  Is landing on the front tire bad technique? Curious to know what others think.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: Rcook on August 31, 2011, 01:19:11 PM
Thats the way I come off of it....theres not really much room to garner enough speed to do any harm or to come off it on a wheelie.just my opinion
Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: pedalpusher on August 31, 2011, 01:52:49 PM
I don't think there is anything wrong with landing on your front tire first on a rolling feature.  The important thing, in my opinon, is to keep balanced on your bike and in control.  By keeping your knees and elbows bent prior to the drop, you can extend your arms and push 'down' your bike to keep yourself balanced and roll through it.
Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: Indiana Dave on August 31, 2011, 02:32:35 PM
If I recall, I peddle hard and jump off of it landing on both tires at once...
I'm pretty light, and on a pretty light bike, so getting some speed off of it isn't too hard.
I think I'd endo if I landed on the front tire.
Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: David Kuehnen on August 31, 2011, 02:55:58 PM
Weight distribution is the thing.  Don't lean forward if you are landing on the front tire, cause you WILL go over the bar.  Lean back, putting your weight on the back wheel while the front wheel is landing and then carefully shifting your weight forward as the rear wheel comes in contact with the ground.  This only works on small drops.   

Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: gt ss on August 31, 2011, 09:04:14 PM
   With the many variables that come into play with different types of obstacles, it's good to learn as many techniques for "take offs" and "landings". You'll eventually learn which technique you want to use as you approach an obstacle. If the technique doesn't work, go back 30' and try another. This is how I approach Walnut and HP @ BCSP. I've figured out HP with only a couple more features on Walnut to go until I finally check out Schooner.
  The point is no one can tell you how to be comfortable on the bike while riding obstacles. Approach speed (slow or fast), agility, nerves, confidence, experience, tires, tire pressure, strength, etc, all factor into the ability to ride obstacles successfully and safely.
Title: Re: Landing on front tire
Post by: merrill714 on August 31, 2011, 10:50:32 PM
Butt over rear tire and keep enough speed so you don't stall your front tire.