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Old 10-11-10, 11:27 PM   #1
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struggling on skidding

So I have been riding my ss for a week now, it has a flip flop hub and i want to ride fixed so i can say im a true fg rider. But ive tried locking up the crank to skid, but with much failure. Maybe i need to lean more or what? Maybe my ratio is to low (or high?)

any tips?
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Old 10-11-10, 11:49 PM   #2
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push down with your back foot, pull up on the clips with your front foot, drop you nuts on the stem aaaaaaaand DONE.
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It takes some practice. It's a lot easier on a dirt or gravel road. What gearing are you running?
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Just practice for an hour or two each day until you get it. Like Jake said, dirt or gravel helps, as well as wet roads or grass or just about anything with less friction than asphalt. It's more technique than strength.

btw, there's no such thing as a "true fg rider"
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I just built my first fg last month and can already skid, one thing I found was when I was practicing I was going too slow. So before you go all out nuts to stem, get to a comfortable speed... aaaannnddddd then go a bit faster and you should be good.
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What is your ratio? I learned how to skid on 46/17, which is about 70ish gear inches.

Don't be afraid to put your nuts up to the stem. Let your front leg do just as much, if not more, work as your back leg in stopping the motion of the wheel.
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How is skidding useful?
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It's fun.
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Oh, OK.
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I concur, go faster. I was riding one night with Alter Ego (a local ride) and happened to be brakeless, I can't skid very well, but I was going fast, hit the kid and suddenly I skidded mad skidz for dayz. son.

No, not really but I hit the longest skid I ever have and used far less effort then I normally do.
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Yeah the faster you go, the easier it is for the tires to break traction since the rolling resistance doesn't have the same grip levels as when your rolling slow.
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I can skid sitting down. Get some legs and get your nuts off the stem. The princess skid doesn't cut it - unless "skid" is being discussed here as a trick not a means of ceasing locomotion.

Ditch the clips and go clipless. It's all about the forward foot pulling up.
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i think i found a new sport. i just need the equipment to get me there!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sajon...eature=related
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it's good to know how to skid but against the idea of riding a track bike. if you look at experienced fixed gear riders they never skid they back pedal and ride steady. track bikes are not ideal for rapid speed changes positive or negative
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when i first started riding fixed, i found it was all about committing and timing it. now i can do seated skids without any problem. going clipless has helped with being able to pull up with more confidence.
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My gear ratio is 46:16 so is that pretty avg ratio? I will do some practicing this weekend and when i ride to work.
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you shouldn't have to put your nuts on the stem unless you are trying to skid for a long distance to be "pretty" or something. Legs should be strong enough to not need any weight adjustment if you are standing up. Eventually you should be able to do it sitting down.
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Well I'm also running 46/16. Its still hard for me to skid on dry pavement after 2 years!!!??
Look for wet grass! You will be amazed at how easy it is to skid. I can skid on wet pavement for about a foot or two! This is all leg power as I'm terrified to put my coco's on the stem 90mm's. The trick skidding is for rich kids who dont mind buying tires every other month! GET A FRONT BRAKE! Go have fun. And wear a helmet. Did I mention my legs are the size of watermelons "Portland's got Hill's" its all technique. Especially after watching 8 years olds on YouTube skid on bikes two sizes too big for them LOL
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you shouldn't have to put your nuts on the stem unless you are trying to skid for a long distance to be "pretty" or something. Legs should be strong enough to not need any weight adjustment if you are standing up. Eventually you should be able to do it sitting down.
This.

The nuts to stem skid really is not useful at all.
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The nuts to stem skid really is not useful at all.
Or very safe! Hit a bump or stick while 50% of your body weight is cantilevered over the bars!!
NOT PRETTY AT ALL.
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The way I learned to skid is, as already noted, pull up with the front foot, push down with the back, but to initiate the skid kind of hop up when you push up/down. What that's gonna do is unweight your tire. Eventually you won't have to do the hop with practice it'll just come naturally.
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Sounds good, thanks all for the tips. Gona get out there today and practice, and as fixedgear80 said, spending a lot of money on new tires, for some reason i didnt think about that. And i still have a front break on my bike, thanks to the hills in seattle.
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