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Old 04-22-05, 07:47 PM   #1
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smooth skids

i'm having trouble doing smooth skids. by a "smooth skid" i mean a skid that sounds like "chhhhhhhhhhh." as opposed to a skid that sounds like "CHHHH-CHHHH-CHH-CHH". basically what happens is i lock up my legs, my tire skids a bit, then it catches the road for an instant, then it skids a bit more, repeat. my feet stay in the 3-9 position, they just move up and down a bit (so i'm not talking about skipping). on rainy days it's fairly easy to get the smooth skids down, but on dry days it just doesn't happen.
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Old 04-22-05, 07:51 PM   #2
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i'm having trouble doing smooth skids. by a "smooth skid" i mean a skid that sounds like "chhhhhhhhhhh." as opposed to a skid that sounds like "CHHHH-CHHHH-CHH-CHH". basically what happens is i lock up my legs, my tire skids a bit, then it catches the road for an instant, then it skids a bit more, repeat. my feet stay in the 3-9 position, they just move up and down a bit (so i'm not talking about skipping). on rainy days it's fairly easy to get the smooth skids down, but on dry days it just doesn't happen.
I lean forward abit more and the skid goes smooth for me
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Old 04-22-05, 08:04 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's all about weight distribution. check out these vids. (.avi) Everyone's all up on the front of the bike.
http://oldskooltrack.com/files/images/shawn.skid.avi
http://oldskooltrack.com/files/images/****.skid.avi
http://oldskooltrack.com/files/images/no.hands.avi
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Old 04-22-05, 08:07 PM   #4
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if you can lean all the way over yr bars, legs locked, so that yr thighs-almost-to-the-knees are resting on the bars, you're there. smooooooooth.
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keeps your legs solid, i think it is that. That sort of things happens when I do longs skids with the opposite leg back than normal.
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I also find it easier to skit will bullhorn type bars, can get up on them more easily.
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Here's a tip- when you get to the point that you are skidding, but the skids are all jerky like, LEAN forwards. Lean some more, until your legs are resting on the bars, and your junk is on/directly over the stem.
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Maybe you're using the wrong foot. Usually you have a strong leg and a weak leg. After your downstroke with the strong leg, as it's coming back up let it lift you out of the saddle, lean forward, and lock the wheel with your strong leg pointing back, and your weak leg more forward. This should give you better control over the skid, and more power to keep it from skipping.
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