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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-16-04, 07:26 PM   #1
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sharp sharp corners

proper technique? stupid question, but i'm tired of the pedal scrape.
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Old 12-16-04, 07:37 PM   #2
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I understand one is supposed to lean into a corner.

If that's not working for you, try shorter cranks or off-camber cornering.
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Old 12-16-04, 09:50 PM   #3
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lay down a quick skid, or employ some other method of slowing down right before the corner. less speed going in = less leanage = less chance of pedal strike.

...or skid partway through the turn (fishtail), then start pedalling when you've reached the proper angle of attack for the turn.
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OneTinSloth knows what he's talking about.

Otherwise, sometimes you can manage to lean on the upstroke and pull the frame vertical on the downstroke (know what I mean?), but I don't think that would work at a very fast cadence.
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OneTinSloth knows what he's talking about.

Otherwise, sometimes you can manage to lean on the upstroke and pull the frame vertical on the downstroke (know what I mean?), but I don't think that would work at a very fast cadence.
i used to do that when i rode 49/17....it gets tougher with tighter gearing though. i still sort of do that on my 46/17 bike, but it feels more sketchy than just going for the turn.
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Old 12-17-04, 12:34 AM   #6
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if you don't already have them, get narrow track pedals.
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skid going into it... learn to lean your body and not your bike... develop a feel for it...

i dodn;t even know exactly what i do now, but i haven't hit a pedal in a while...
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Stop. Dismount. Rotate bicycle to obtain proper orientation. Remount and continue riding.
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Stop. Dismount. Rotate bicycle to obtain proper orientation. Remount and continue riding.
Remember to look back before pulling this move
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It's all about the stoppie/tailwhip into the corner. The asphalt needs to be guaranteed clean, though.
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It's all about the stoppie/tailwhip into the corner. The asphalt needs to be guaranteed clean, though.
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I wanna be able to drift around corners like all those import-driving rich kids do.

I've always thought it would be badass to have a race in a parking garage where you'd have to keep your speed through sharp turns.

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erm...cant do a stoppie unless you have breaks

something cool i learned form the forum was to to a quick turn opposite from where you want to go then go back into you turn, that way your momentum (and lean) are opposite of your actual turn

i had some luck with it...a bit unnatural...but then i just need practice
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erm...cant do a stoppie unless you have breaks

something cool i learned form the forum was to to a quick turn opposite from where you want to go then go back into you turn, that way your momentum (and lean) are opposite of your actual turn

i had some luck with it...a bit unnatural...but then i just need practice
not sure i understand. can you clarify please?
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I agree with OTS, skid or slow right before the turn. I usually skid onto the road my house is on, like "driftO stylez" but last night I didn't, and my pedal struck so hard it spun me in a 180 and I landed on my hip. . . oh man it hurts now.
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I understand one is supposed to lean into a corner.

If that's not working for you, try shorter cranks or off-camber cornering.
I think it is the leaning that is causing the pedal strike? There is an alternate technique that involves more of a lean-the-body/keep-the-bike-more-upright approach, but I don't know how well it works riding fixed, since it generally creates an ungainly riding position, but I've seen it taught at a crit racing clinic. It is an approach sometimes useful for corners where the pavement is off camber.

I wonder what the original poster's cranks are- or what type of pedals are being used. Maybe some Speedplays are in order here.
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That was sarcasm and the technique you describe is called off-camber.
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