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    Riding backwards

    Learning to ride backwards on my fixie. Whenever the pedal reaches the bottom of the rotation I fall to one side. Any tips?

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    your weight is shifting to one side, you need to balance out your body to compensate for that.

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    Do circles first, then learn to straighten it out. Gear down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanharan View Post
    Learning to ride backwards on my fixie. Whenever the pedal reaches the bottom of the rotation I fall to one side. Any tips?
    ride forward
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    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    ride forward
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamfoh View Post
    kinda dope

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    cut the wheel the direction your tipping .. tack left to right ... left foot down tack left and so on

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    Do the opposite of what you have been doing. But seriously, do the opposite of what you have been doing. Just keep practicing and practicing and practicing. Some people get it right away and others can take a long time to get it. Don't worry, just keep practicing. Not rocket science, just have "feel" it.

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    Turn your saddle around.

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    balance and practice. Its like trying to to cut a steak with a knife and fork but using the opposite hands. it feels awkward and you feel.. eh whats the word... cant think booze but but in time.
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    first step is to talk about it on the internet

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    second step is to bump a year old thread

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    1. When I first started to learn this someone told me to head straight for a wall or fence and hit it to start the backwards motion.

    2. I found chain link fences to be better for this since they had a little bit of spring to them when you hit em.

    3. Although it may seem counter-intuitive going at the fence with some speed helps, I'm not saying book it at the fence but If you have too little speed you wont have the same amount of control. Kinda hard to explain but it's kinda like riding with no handlebars the more committed your are to going backwards and the more comfortable you are the easier it will be to ride backwards.

    4. Some claim that clips will help, I haven't noticed any benefit from doing so but some people swear on this.
    Hope all this helps.

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    Watch a bunch of world championship Artistic Cycling videos... then go into your driveway and break your arm trying it.

    I think the no-hands wheelie forwards/backwards in a circle with someone standing on your shoulders is my favorite trick


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    Practice practice practice one day it'll just click. It took me a few weeks, at first I just learned to do circles in the direction I was comfortable track-standing. Once I got good in that direction I switches circles to the opposite side. After that I just started out doing a circle then straighten'd out the bars and started going straight back. Sometimes it helps to do it down a slanted drive way for added momentum.

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    +1 on the forward/backward no hands wheelie with someone standing on your shoulders thing.
    It's not brake less, it's brake free.

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    I'm no expert but I've learned how to do the whole backwards in a circle thing. My advice would be:

    1. Learn to track stand if you haven't already
    2. Get really good at it - like no hands track standing for as long as you want
    3. Practice trackstanding but instead of doing little back-forth motions to balance, make them bigger and bigger until you're eventually going forward and backward in an arc - eventually a circle

    As for riding backwards in a straight line, it's much more difficult. practice 1-3 with your wheel tilted both right and left so you get ambidextrous at it and then you should be able to counter for leaning to either side.

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    Yeah, you have to know how to track stand in both directions really good, and know backwards circles in both directions. Then you just start to make your circles wider and wider.

    Takes time and lots of practice. After practicing on and off for like 3 months, I was finally able to do backwards circles in 1 direction. And they weren't pretty either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamfoh View Post
    hah i know exactly where that is.. TONS of FGFS riders in downtown SJ
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