Cannondale Bad Boy / Mercian track / BOB trailer / Moulton recumbent project
Quick-shouldering - is there a trick to it?
Was out yesterday doing some offroading on my (ahem) track bike. All good and great fun, but obviously there were moments when I needed to portage the bike 'cos a fixie will stall. Is there a trick to getting off the bike, shouldering it, and getting back on again after the obstacle? I was making a right hash of it!
Simon Burney has a great book that you can get on Velo Gear.com. He explains it much better; however here is my quick and dirty explanation:
1) Approach obstacle or run-up at desired speed (slow to start)
2) Anticipate and put bike in gear that you will want after obstacle
3) Unclip right pedal and bring right leg behind saddle and round to left side
4) At the same, time bring right hand off bars and grab top tube
5) Make sure to be leaning back slightly for balance
6) Bring right leg inside left leg between leg and frame
7) When right leg is through - unclip left leg.
8) Right leg hits ground first and a run can start
9) Flip up bike in the air
10) As this occurs, put right arm between top tube and down tube then back under down tube
11) Once hand is thru frame and back under down tube - grab the left side of the handle bar
The bike should now be balanced on your right shoulder. The front wheel will be lower than the back wheel. Your left arm can be left straight out for balance.
As you are running and decide to put the bike down. Remember to put it down softly or your chain will drop off.
1) Put bike down softly
2) Put both hands on handle bars
3) Swing Right leg back over saddle
4) Try to initally land on upper inner thigh and not directly "you know where"
5) Clip in and Go
Hope this helps. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.