Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 116
  1. #1
    Utilitarian Boy Gyeswho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Bronx, NY
    My Bikes
    Check the sig to find out
    Posts
    3,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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
    Last edited by Gyeswho; 03-26-09 at 06:57 PM.

  2. #2
    i believe in me evanyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Brooklyn
    Posts
    2,712
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Team Beer Cynikal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Sacramento CA
    My Bikes
    Too Many
    Posts
    5,787
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

  4. #4
    park ranger
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    mars
    My Bikes
    recumbents
    Posts
    1,794
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you should know how to fall without breaking limbs or smacking your knoggin.
    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu Police Chief
    I don't like your jerk-off name. I don't like your jerk-off face. I don't like your jerk-off behavior, and I don't like you, jerk-off.

  5. #5
    buh/meh
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    illadel
    My Bikes
    some red POS, some blue POS, some HUGE ross POS, some tan POS, riding schwinn le tour conversion
    Posts
    53
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yo sup with that trailer. is it for a new sitcom? i love ted. i love bikes. could be a winner!

  6. #6
    Gone, but not forgotten Shiznaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    spicer fixie, Haro BMX, cyclops track, Soma Double Cross, KHS Flite 100
    Posts
    4,509
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

  7. #7
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    4,418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  8. #8
    blah onetwentyeight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    5,573
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    learn how to skid by putting your foot on your rear tire ala ted shred.

  9. #9
    Gone, but not forgotten Shiznaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    spicer fixie, Haro BMX, cyclops track, Soma Double Cross, KHS Flite 100
    Posts
    4,509
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    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

  10. #10
    aka mattio queerpunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    5,467
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

  11. #11
    Run What 'Ya Brung bonechilling's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    5,696
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    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.

  12. #12
    i believe in me evanyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Brooklyn
    Posts
    2,712
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by illzkla
    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/

  13. #13
    buh/meh
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    illadel
    My Bikes
    some red POS, some blue POS, some HUGE ross POS, some tan POS, riding schwinn le tour conversion
    Posts
    53
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  14. #14
    i believe in me evanyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Brooklyn
    Posts
    2,712
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yo! i just told you son!

  15. #15
    Utilitarian Boy Gyeswho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Bronx, NY
    My Bikes
    Check the sig to find out
    Posts
    3,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by illzkla
    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

  16. #16
    antisocialite dirtyphotons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    3,385
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
    Because when fashion conflicts with function, I vote for function.

  17. #17
    blah onetwentyeight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    5,573
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Those countdown ped signals are the best invention EVER.

  18. #18
    what. kyle!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    SD, CA, USA
    My Bikes
    raleigh rush hour
    Posts
    1,276
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    dude, i kinda remember that show. crazy times.

  19. #19
    cxmagazine dot com pitboss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    WI
    My Bikes
    Titus road, Fort CX
    Posts
    8,270
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    learn how to wear a helmet
    Deathlap - cyclocross, training, beer,...escape hatch

  20. #20
    Electrical Hazard
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Manhattan / Vancouver
    My Bikes
    a bunch.
    Posts
    974
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    contorting your body while riding, to fit in between uneven height mirrors.

  21. #21
    what. kyle!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    SD, CA, USA
    My Bikes
    raleigh rush hour
    Posts
    1,276
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    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.

  22. #22
    or tarckeemoon, depending marqueemoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    the pesto of cities
    My Bikes
    Davidson Impulse, Merckx Titanium AX, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road, Cross Check custom build, On-One Il Pomino, Shawver Cycles cross, Zion 737, Mercian Vincitore, Brompton S1L, Charge Juicer
    Posts
    7,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

  23. #23
    what. kyle!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    SD, CA, USA
    My Bikes
    raleigh rush hour
    Posts
    1,276
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  24. #24
    Senior Member p3ntuprage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    birmingham
    My Bikes
    a tvt soon to become a s/s...
    Posts
    829
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kyle!
    awesome. no-handed trackstand x3.

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

    fsnl
    sparky
    http://www.anarchistblackcross.org/i...ls/blkred2.jpgwithout a worker's army, the workers have nothing.[img]

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Baltimore
    Posts
    424
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kyle!
    Do these vary from state to state because I remember right turn being a 90 degree angle pointing upward with the left hand.

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •