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Old 05-04-06, 05:36 PM   #1
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what would you do to get onto a 20'' ledge w/ xc bike?

There is this newly built bridge by some boy scouts in the local trail. The bridge is about 20'' from the ground and i dunno what is easiest way to get up on it. I was thinking about bunny hopping onto it, but being out of it for a while i decided not to.

Unlike 24'' logs, its hard to just ride over it because of its 90 degree edges....

give me suggestions please.

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ft and a half...I would probably plant my front wheel and endo onto it enough to pedal up.
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Old 05-04-06, 05:49 PM   #3
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I would lift my front wheel onto it, then roll about 2feet, hit front brake and 'stoppie' onto it.
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Drop your seat on approach, at moderate speed Lift front wheel up and on, then plant bottom of forward pedal on ledge and leverage through shift your weight to the planted pedal side and then forward pulling bike with you. Try it caring the bike over your head to get a feel for how much leg power you need then do it with the bike under you.
If you don’t have a bash guard your timing has to be spot on.
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Definately wheelie the front wheel onto it at moderate speed. I would then completely unweight the rear of the bike and lift it by wieghting the front and pushing the handlebars forward. I would also cheat and use the clipless pedals . Kind of like a bunny hop but your front wheel will contact the bridge first. Then pedal on out of there.

I think speed is key. you have to keep it up.

I have a section like this on a trail I ride a lot. In fact, it is a boyscout bridge also. The toughest part was to try it at a speed where you could make it. The tendancy was to try it going to slow and then you would stall out. Becuase on either side is nasty ass swamp about 5 feet down.

I will say this too, there are probably 4 or5 different techniques that will all work

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Old 05-05-06, 07:28 AM   #6
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ft and a half...I would probably plant my front wheel and endo onto it enough to pedal up.
That's the way I would go about it as well.
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Old 05-05-06, 10:39 PM   #7
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whats endo-ing? slinging all your wieght forward to get the back wheel up off the ground? that sounds complicated
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Yes..and it isn't, its actually very easy. Unweighting the rear end, imo, is an essential skill inmountain biking
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I used this description of riding up things and I could clear things over 2 and a half feet high in less than an hour.

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A zap-tap.. least thats what your talking about.
Come to the obsticial at a moderate speed, add a 1/4 pedal stroke to raise the front wheel onto the obsticial, (your pedals should be level at this point) unweight the rear wheel and tap the front brake to help you bring the back wheel up.

Little word of advice: Jump up the obsticial, and just bring the bike with you.
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Old 05-07-06, 02:05 AM   #11
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yeah moderate speed is the key unless ur lightening quick at lifting that back end.... i tried it devil speed the first time and there goes my brand new chain ring. after that i did it at moderate speed multiple times, no prob, (espec with clipless)
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