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    pedaling while standing up

    Well,

    I'm not quite new to the forum, I guess I never had a reason to post until now. I feel stupid for even posting this one, but I need some tips. I went for a rec. ride along the beach and through the park here in San Francisco, and I realised that I can't pedal up hill or flat standing up!! I feel like an idiot. I guess I'm not very balanced, but other then just practice, what else can I do about this ?

    Btw. if you guys were wondering, I recently bought a 2004 Klein Attitude Comp V with disc brakes from a friend.

    thanks in advance for your tips.

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    Hmm this is an interesting one...

    When you stand up try to slightly lean forward and put more weight on to your handebars, so that not all your weight is on your legs. Ill try and think of some other advice and edit this late

    As you said practice is probably the best solution... (or training wheels, but id go with the practice idea )

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    Yeah, it's all about you own preferences really. You need to put a bit of weight on your handle bars, lean forward, and use your body weight to push down on the pedals as you go.

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    Its all bout posture. u probably feal up tight in a standing position and ur legs feal straight to so try lossen up a bit.

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    Also, shift to a tougher gear before you stand. This gives you something for your legs to push against. Another way to get the same effect is to pedal up a short hill which would require a down shift about two thirds up the hill; when you get to that point stand instead of shifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ugeancee
    Well,

    I'm not quite new to the forum, I guess I never had a reason to post until now. I feel stupid for even posting this one, but I need some tips. I went for a rec. ride along the beach and through the park here in San Francisco, and I realised that I can't pedal up hill or flat standing up!! I feel like an idiot. I guess I'm not very balanced, but other then just practice, what else can I do about this ?

    Btw. if you guys were wondering, I recently bought a 2004 Klein Attitude Comp V with disc brakes from a friend.

    thanks in advance for your tips.
    You are using a different set of muscles and a different balancing scheme when standing up. Practice and training will make the difference. I love to ride standing up; it's one reason I prefer a ht.
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    The hardest part of pedaling while standing is not leaning forward too much. You'll really feel your muscles burn in your legs and your torsoe, specifically your abdominals.

    You want to keep your body weight more neutral on the bike, not too far forward. This KILLS until you build up the endurance.

    Just keep riding standing up for short periods of time, then sit, then repeat. In no time you'll wonder what your seat is for.

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    I first had to practice it on a stationary bike at the gym. That way you only have to think about one new thing at a time.

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    Interesting question... I never really thought about it since it was just kind of second nature for me since I learned to stand up on a bike when I was 5 or so... but in anycase I would say ride the bike until you feel more comfortable and then worry about standing. I didn't ride bikes for about 5 years and it seems I was a bit skiddish about standing up when I got my new bike... I think I just rode it until I felt I had mastered the balance and control sitting down, and then standing was fairly easy. I dont think it will be difficult to learn. In fact I bet by next week you will be doing trackstands and riding Northshore skinnies

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    I have no problem standing on the pedals, but on holiday I hired an MTB and took off into the hills. The bars were much higher than I'm used to and when I stood up, I began to tilt back. Lowering the bars helped a bit.
    Standing is much easier with a pedal attatchment system, either toe clips or clipless.

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    It'll also be a lot easier to learn/practice with your suspension locked up.
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    You probably need to build your legs up some. I wouldn't worry about it though the strength will come.
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    Try this… as you are riding on a smooth flat where you can get some momentum up.. coast and then with your cranks horizontal rise off the seat and practice coasting that way. As you gain confidence, progress to steering around obstacles and then corners out of the saddle. Next lower one foot and then the other as you coast. The next step is peddling a few circles to keep up your forward motion. Don’t forget to keep a slight break at your elbows, never ride stiff armed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    The hardest part of pedaling while standing is not leaning forward too much. You'll really feel your muscles burn in your legs and your torsoe, specifically your abdominals.

    You want to keep your body weight more neutral on the bike, not too far forward. This KILLS until you build up the endurance.

    Just keep riding standing up for short periods of time, then sit, then repeat. In no time you'll wonder what your seat is for.

    L8R

    I liked your old AVATAR more, a2!!

    Also, check out the complete norco trials bike (think it's the evolve) last year with the tiny butt seat. Now it doesn't even have a seattube!! Hahahah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooligan
    Also, check out the complete norco trials bike (think it's the evolve) last year with the tiny butt seat. Now it doesn't even have a seattube!! Hahahah.
    Next, there will be *no* 'seat tube'! Just a small set of stays coming up from the rear axle or the seat stays that has a little, tiny disc on the top. Just enough to catch a quick sit-down from time to time, or set a sandwich on. You'll be able to pivot it back out of the way, if you prefer. Who needs a seat?!?
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    There isn't even a place to put a seat or a seatube. That vert bar on your bike which is usually parallel to the headtube, is simply gone for the 2005 norco evolve. Looks rebellious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooligan
    There isn't even a place to put a seat or a seatube. That vert bar on your bike which is usually parallel to the headtube, is simply gone for the 2005 norco evolve. Looks rebellious!
    I gotta' find a pic and take a look!
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    holy cow...that is one screwed up looking bike

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    Yeah, it is.

    That chainring is really small
    I think I'd forget, and try to sit on the seat, and get my arse cought up in the spinning wheel :O

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    There's also this trials frame...




    This will also teach you a combination of balance, spinning and standing up all at the same time...

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    That thing has a huge disc brake, and WTF to that unicycle. That'sjust a wheel with pedals. Someone just thought of another way to hurt me
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMan2k
    Euro style trials. The evolve has really evolved from last year.
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    Thats crazy its worse than an odinary unicycle.

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    That bike and the unicycle are sick! I can't wait to try them.
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