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Old 12-22-06, 10:07 AM   #1
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List of Crucial Skills to learn Riding in the streets?

Feel to free add any cuz I'm missing more
I'd say:
Skipping - tapping off the speed
Skidding - even thou i still run a brake for hills. i like doing fishtail skids, i find it takes off speed faster but gotta have the balance down to make ya sure don't fall over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLd3IXPGEtQ shows a guy doing this
Bunnyhopping - ova potholes and sidewalks
Trackstanding - this is an absolute must in my book for its sheer usefulness
Hockey Stop skid - for the just in case moments (i have to master it at fast speed now)
180 skid - for the quick "o snap i missed my turn" moments

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Old 12-22-06, 10:14 AM   #2
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skidding has very little practical purpose or value over simply resisting or skipping, so i wouldn't say it's crucial to learn.

it is crucial fun though.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:15 AM   #3
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I would say you could shave a few off that list. I get by with just skipping and trackstands, but that's me. I only commute and ride for fun.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:16 AM   #4
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you should know how to fall without breaking limbs or smacking your knoggin.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:18 AM   #5
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yo sup with that trailer. is it for a new sitcom? i love ted. i love bikes. could be a winner!
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Old 12-22-06, 10:23 AM   #6
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Well if you're brakeless then I consider skipping, skidding, and resisting to be crucial; even if skidding is less effective its good to know and I've got out of some tight squeezes with skids.

Trackstanding is crucial for me getting the jump on cars at intersections so I can properly position myself on the road.

I think creative leaning in turns is also crucial for steering sharply in tight squeezes (throwing the bike around underneath you etc.)

Other than that nothing is really crucial
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Old 12-22-06, 10:23 AM   #7
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If you have a brake none of that jazz is useful. With a brake, I think the only "trick" of marginal use is trackstanding, to wait out a light or something. It's much easier to put a foot down and you can get going quicker than if you were to trackstand out the light.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:27 AM   #8
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learn how to skid by putting your foot on your rear tire ala ted shred.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:27 AM   #9
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It's much easier to put a foot down and you can get going quicker than if you were to trackstand out the light.
I'm WAY faster off the mark at a light if I'm track standing
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slow speed balance and coordination are extremely helpful in very dense traffic, so you don't have to put a foot down while you look and wait for an opening.
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It's much easier to put a foot down and you can get going quicker than if you were to trackstand out the light.
The only way I could possibly see this being the case
would be if you ride Egg Beaters or some other type
of pedal that allows you to "mash" in. Otherwise,
you're going to have to flip the pedal and slide your
foot back into the cages, or else find the spot when
your cleat fits in, both of which would inarguably
take more time than simple hammering it straight
out of the light from your trackstand.
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Old 12-22-06, 10:38 AM   #12
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yo sup with that trailer. is it for a new sitcom? i love ted. i love bikes. could be a winner!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111941/
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Old 12-22-06, 10:45 AM   #13
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ok...not to put a derailleur ont his thread (lol!) but i really wanna know what thats from and i dont feel like looking for myself though itd be super easy to just type the name in the little google box up there. thats not gonna happen.

whats the word on that trailer.

and wtf at this thread. im surprised its being taken seriously. maybe im just too uptyyyyyyyyyyyyyyt.

edit: i type slow while watching jerry spring christmas special. thanx evanyc! ok nvm that thing looks dumb. i thought the guy at the desk was ted from scrubs. food/bike riding coming soon...too much internet for me this morning.
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yo! i just told you son!
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ok...not to put a derailleur ont his thread (lol!) but i really wanna know what thats from and i dont feel like looking for myself though itd be super easy to just type the name in the little google box up there. thats not gonna happen.

whats the word on that trailer.

and wtf at this thread. im surprised its being taken seriously. maybe im just too uptyyyyyyyyyyyyyyt.

edit: i type slow while watching jerry spring christmas special. thanx evanyc!
it can be useful later on for those who are just starting to ride fixed
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Old 12-22-06, 11:05 AM   #16
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check the ped signals. in dc we even have the ones that tell you how many seconds left for a walk signal. those changed the way i ride.

also, use your blockers. if a ped walks (casually) across a street, that's a good indicator that you can cross. you still have to look though.

always ALWAYS have a bail out. bunnyhopping curbs is not an essential, but it's damn useful sometimes.
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Those countdown ped signals are the best invention EVER.
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dude, i kinda remember that show. crazy times.
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learn how to wear a helmet
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contorting your body while riding, to fit in between uneven height mirrors.
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Those countdown ped signals are the best invention EVER.
so true, i saw them in sf before they got them here and i was amazed. now we have them but only in downtown of course.
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Sorry to get all practical on everyone but...

holding a line
riding in a group
recognizing slick/unsafe conditions (oil, metal plates, wet leaves, manhole covers, sewer grates, painted crosswalks, etc...)
predicting driver and ped behavior
quick acceleration (including getting into the pedals quickly)
not getting right hooked at intersections
staying the **** out of the door zone
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awesome. no-handed trackstand x3.

i'd like to add to the list, learning to place the traffic behind you by sound.

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Do these vary from state to state because I remember right turn being a 90 degree angle pointing upward with the left hand.
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