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Old 11-08-05, 12:09 AM   #1
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Is this a terrible method?

Just need a quick answer, I just started skidding, and i find i put more resistance on the forward pedal. As in pulling up real hard on the clips, and bench-press the horns. And there lies the problem. Im scared that the strap is going to break and ill be one with the ground. Anyone else put more stress on the front foot? Or should I correct this quick and start locking the rear leg. Thanks guys.
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Old 11-08-05, 12:27 AM   #2
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i'm no expert but i would suggest ocking the rear or at least exerting more force upon the rear pedal.
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Old 11-08-05, 12:38 AM   #3
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yah, most of the pressure should be on the rear foot. at some point you should be able to only have to use the rear foot to skid (further allowing you to lock down the one footed skid as well!)

get ready to lock it up on the down stroke of the pedal rotation, as it goes to the rear, extend your leg, and lock it up.

find some gravel/wet pavement/dirt, something to practice. you'll get it from there.
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unless you're riding a very pu$$y gearing you're not gonna be able to do anything with just the back pedal...
toe straps are burly, they can take it... if you pay attention you'll know when you need to replace your straps before they snap...
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Old 11-08-05, 01:36 AM   #5
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I think its unneccessary to chose one foot over the other. Keep it balanced.
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Old 11-08-05, 06:05 AM   #6
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toe straps are burly, they can take it... if you pay attention you'll know when you need to replace your straps before they snap...
yes - do check your straps. I have cracked the laminate in mine and damn near worn through the straps. check everything when you work on the bike...
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You might want to use the back leg more if you like having working knees.

I've found that one way to do this is to lean over the handlebars more, especially to get the skid started. It's easier to maintain a skid than to start it, so then you can lean back a bit for some traction if you're actually trying to stop.
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Old 11-08-05, 07:35 AM   #8
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My method is to start with both front and rear and finish off with the rear foot. I think you have more control over the bike with the pressure over the rear pedal. As far as straps go don't ever buy cheap straps. I almost got killed in a sprint with a cheap leather strap. Check them everyonce and a while and get new ones if they look like they are about to go.
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Personally, I think the focus should be on the rear foot. I can skid on the bottoms of the pedals (i.e. no straps/cages)...perhaps I'm running the aforementioned pu$$y gearing (46/16). Get further over the bars... if you're lifting that much with your leading foot, you're using it to unweight the bike.
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I sometimes think that I'm doing all the work with my front foot, but I'm pretty sure that I only feel it on that foot, and that my weight is really on the back foot. just something to consider.
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You might want to use the back leg more if you like having working knees.

I've found that one way to do this is to lean over the handlebars more, especially to get the skid started. It's easier to maintain a skid than to start it, so then you can lean back a bit for some traction if you're actually trying to stop.
wouldnt it be better for ones knee to pull on the straps rather than push against the pedals (subject knees to compression)?

im not a doctor but i did stay at a holiday inn last night
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skidding is skidding, do what works for you
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