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    sharp sharp corners

    proper technique? stupid question, but i'm tired of the pedal scrape.

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by manboy
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ya Tu Sabes
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Baz
    It's all about the stoppie/tailwhip into the corner. The asphalt needs to be guaranteed clean, though.
    sounds like tacos to me!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by emayex
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bostontrevor
    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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