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    what leg exercises will improve strength for skids?

    Im am realizing how much strength and even stamina are important in holding skids. What exercises will increase strength in the muscles that are used when skidding?

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    1% strength 1% stamina 4% gearing 5% tires 89% BRAIN POWERZZ

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    How about posting a video of you skidding, so that we can give you some pointers...

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    so you are saying, its more about developing proper technique? Im finding it tough to hold my skids, even when Im leaning forward. maybe its my technique. either way its really frustrating...

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    You need to work your whole body.
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    I thought you were joking.
    Try it with bullhorns.
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    dude i can skid all day. Its just technique.

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    Go faster, skid longer?

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    It took me a while to be able to hold 'em. One thing that helped me to hold them longer was to pull up more on the toe clips of my forward pedal.

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    I can skid all day if I lean forward, crotch to the stem... But lately ive been trying to hold skids in positions that arent so compromising. For instance, going down a hill, I will do short speed checks but barely lifting my ass off the seat. I know holding skids can be down being almost seated, Im just having a hard time executing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waanfiride View Post
    It took me a while to be able to hold 'em. One thing that helped me to hold them longer was to pull up more on the toe clips of my forward pedal.
    yea I learned thats the secret to doing speed checks. Ill be a little more conscientious of that next time im trying to hold my skids

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    if you feel your back leg moving, keep it in check by pulling on the other leg.

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    Keep trying for as long as you possibly can until your legs are about to fall off. Find what parts of your legs hurt the most and you'll find what muscles to work on.

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    Gluts for the rear foot pushing down and for the front leg uhhh balls.

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    Have you tried some ballz to stemage?

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    Skidding doesn't require a lot of strength.

    I can do a long seated skid, but I've only done it in situations where I needed to stop really quickly. I don't really think about it. It just happens. And I'm not tired afterward.
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    I used to slow down when I was going downhill. Now I just go faster and annihilate anything in my path.

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    Tried skidding in rain?

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    I used to slow down when I was going downhill. Now I just go faster and annihilate anything in my path.
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    Ride your bike more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcarter24 View Post
    Ride your bike more?
    oooo... thats a good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleanupinaisle3 View Post
    Skidding doesn't require a lot of strength.

    I can do a long seated skid, but I've only done it in situations where I needed to stop really quickly. I don't really think about it. It just happens. And I'm not tired afterward.
    yea, i guess it just comes down to weight distribution

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgreene85 View Post
    yea, i guess it just comes down to weight distribution
    Er... no. You don't lean forward when you do a seated skid. If you do, it turns into a balls-to-stem-hey-look-i'm-kind-of-a-d*uchebag skid. Getting out of the saddle an inch or two really just helps you resist the rotation of the cranks a bit better.

    Just keep riding your bike instead of trying to analyse the situation. You'll get better at whatever you need to get better at eventually.
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    The best exercise for skids was developed by Cal Tech and the MASH crew over two years of intense research in biomechanics and viscoelastomy. Many riders and researchers formed a think-tank which brought together both Biology and Engineering/Applied Science departments as well as a few researchers from the Astronomy and Physics department.



    a) You and your partner will position yourself as follows. Align your feet with your partner's shoulders. Make sure your partner places feet firmly on your buttocks.

    b) Lunge back, extending arms in a natural curve towards a 2 o'clock position as illustrated.

    c) Your partner will push you upwards with their legs as you grab your knees (this is very important)

    d) Land on balls of feet with back in gentle arch.

    Start off slow with 75-100 reps every other day and work your way up adding 25-50 more a week until you reach 500 reps every other day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    The best exercise for skids was developed by Cal Tech and the MASH crew over two years of intense research in biomechanics and viscoelastomy. Many riders and researchers formed a think-tank which brought together both Biology and Engineering/Applied Science departments as well as a few researchers from the Astronomy and Physics department.



    a) You and your partner will position yourself as follows. Align your feet with your partner's shoulders. Make sure your partner places feet firmly on your buttocks.

    b) Lunge back, extending arms in a natural curve towards a 2 o'clock position as illustrated.

    c) Your partner will push you upwards with their legs as you grab your knees (this is very important)

    d) Land on balls of feet with back in gentle arch.

    Start off slow with 75-100 reps every other day and work your way up adding 25-50 more a week until you reach 500 reps every other day.
    Yea Ive been doing that routine already... fairly satisfied with the results

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