Can skid but not on my bike...

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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:15 am

Surely there's a shedload of videos on the choob? :?
Too high a gear and not enough of a forward weight shift would be the showstoppers IMO.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby nathann » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:36 pm

EvilGenius wrote:I don't care, I just want to learn how to skid on my bike. I can skid on grass but not on pavement, any thoughts?


Friction!
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:10 pm

nathann wrote:
EvilGenius wrote:I don't care, I just want to learn how to skid on my bike. I can skid on grass but not on pavement, any thoughts?

Friction!

My god, that's Genius!!
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby nathann » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:37 pm

HappyHumber wrote:My god, that's Genius!!
:D :D :D


Thanks! I learned it at uni. It's amazing. My whole bike is physics 8D
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby .isaac. » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:15 am

I did know that friction did that but I think on grass im less scared of falling and shifting my weight beyond what I do on pavement.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby nathann » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Do you know how to skip stop yet? Or whip skid?
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby .isaac. » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:48 am

I can skid stop now but it hurts my wrists and upper body.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby nathann » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:13 pm

EvilGenius wrote:I can skid stop now but it hurts my wrists and upper body.


I find skidding easier with risers because with drops you're like holding your arms inwards so you don't have enough force to swing your legs out... er... well something like that.

If it's hurting your wrists and upper body, I'm really sure why because when I first started skidding my knees were in pain for a while.
Wrong technique perhaps? I dunno
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby elStado » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:00 pm

nathann wrote:
EvilGenius wrote:I can skid stop now but it hurts my wrists and upper body.


I find skidding easier with risers because with drops you're like holding your arms inwards so you don't have enough force to swing your legs out... er... well something like that.

If it's hurting your wrists and upper body, I'm really sure why because when I first started skidding my knees were in pain for a while.
Wrong technique perhaps? I dunno


Depends on your gearing, but it shouldn't hurt. On my fixie I can skid sitting in the seat as normal. But I am running 42x17 so not heaps of resistance.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby surfin' addiction » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:56 am

The Womble wrote:Skidding doesn't get the chicks


+1

Or style points on Brunswick St. for that matter. Skids for the win!
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby elStado » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:32 pm

Yesterday an instinctive skid saved me from rear-ending into a car.

Lady driving in front of me turns right, I also turn right keeping 2-3m behind her. She speeds up during the turn so I do too, and then just as she makes the turn she slams on the brakes.. :shock: luckily I was only riding along at around 15km so I had time to react. Only problem was I was riding on the tops with no access to my brakes on the drops, so my first instinctive thought was to mash back on the pedals and stop the bike. Skidded about 1.5m and stopped just behind her.

Moral of this story: even if you ride with both front and rear brakes, make sure you are able to skid if riding a fixed gear. It could save you from injury or damage to your bike. Being able to skid and also slow yourself down on a fixie is great as a method of slowing down/stopping if you dont have access to your brakes. I have no idea how I would have went if the same thing happened to me while riding a bike with a freewheel.. I probably would had crashed into her car and she would blame me for it.. :roll:

ED: I have to comment that this occurred on a main street within my Uni campus, speed limit is 30km/ph. I wasn't surprised that she turned and then stopped as it often happens as the campus car parks are a little confusing for first time visitors. Rather than it being a case of her being malicious, I think it was more a case that she was lost and concentrating on trying to find a parking place that check for people driving behind her. Another reason to always ride defensively, be alert, and expect the unexpected.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby nathann » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:07 pm

Riding through uni carparks is quite a drag, as well as riding through uni...
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby BLU_FZ! » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:36 am

Imo, you only ride the rides that go to uni :wink:
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby munga » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:35 am

all you hipsters will burn in a bottomless pit
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby G-rig » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:50 pm

alchemist wrote:Brakes will stop you quicker than skidding.


+1. Doesn't look as sick though if you are a hipster.

I am riding 46x18 but haven't really tried busting any skids, wouldn't mind being able to but not that many skid patches on my setup vs other higher gearing setups.

I have a front brake and still wouldn't mind a better one - pretty easy reaching for the brake on riser bars, as it is on brake hoods as well.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby y3ntil » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:09 pm

I'm running 48x16 on my fixed and am able to skid fairly easily once I've got a bit of speed. Although I've managed to snap my toe straps skidding fairly severely down a hill and break through my plastic toe clips :oops:
N+1 is nowhere near enough!
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby elStado » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:26 pm

y3ntil wrote:I'm running 48x16 on my fixed and am able to skid fairly easily once I've got a bit of speed. Although I've managed to snap my toe straps skidding fairly severely down a hill and break through my plastic toe clips :oops:


Time for some heavy-duty foot straps. I know I wouldn't want my straps to break under any circumstance, especially not mid-skid down a hill. :shock:

I made some 'feet-belts' myself out of some leftover seatbelt webbing and velcro. Didn't take too long and they work well. Alternatively you can just buy pre-made ones for around $50.
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby verbs and nouns » Tue May 03, 2011 9:24 pm

munga wrote:all you hipsters will burn in a bottomless pit


How can we burn if the pit is bottomless? Where is the heat source coming from?
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby tallywhacker » Wed May 04, 2011 10:25 am

must be this bottomless pit

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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby elStado » Wed May 04, 2011 12:52 pm

Can we lock/delete this thread yet?
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby y3ntil » Wed May 04, 2011 10:09 pm

*insert pun about skidding and stopping this thread*
N+1 is nowhere near enough!
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Re: Can skid but not on my bike...

Postby munga » Fri May 06, 2011 6:51 am

the flames run down the sides. like skids!
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