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Old 01-10-05, 03:53 PM   #1
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I can't figure out how to skid

Been riding fixed for a week or two now but just can't figure out how to skid/stop effectively. Tips?
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Old 01-10-05, 03:56 PM   #2
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Stand up, lean forward, place crotch on stem, stop pedalling.
Note: Do not attempt if you are running a bum-bike fixie set-up.
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Old 01-10-05, 03:58 PM   #3
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yeah just really put your weight forward, off the rear tire (but not too much).
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Old 01-10-05, 04:00 PM   #4
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Your bike's probably broken.
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its probably easiest on snow, wet pavement, grass etc.
#1 install a front brake (if you haven't already) until you've learned how to skid
#2 lean forward, putting most of your weight on the front wheel.
#3 lock your legs when cranks are horizontal, pushing down with your back foot and pulling up (a lot easier with clips/clipless) with your front foot.
#4 repeat as necessary
#5 go buy a new tire
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Old 01-10-05, 04:03 PM   #6
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you have to really move your weight forward and kinda backpedal at the same time. what works for me is to try to lift the backwheel off the ground while trying to stop the pedals. all in one motion. it's easy once you get the hang of it...and you will eventually.
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Old 01-10-05, 04:25 PM   #7
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Wait for a nice, rainy day. After it rains, the pavement will be in perfect condition for it, and you should be able to pick it up right away.
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if you are heavy and/or you are running a higher gear it can be more difficult.
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Old 01-10-05, 04:32 PM   #9
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You should really learn how to skip skid. Skipping can stop you really fast. Here's instructions (assuming your most confortable with left foot forward):

As your pedals come around and your left pedal is just passed 3 o'clock, kinda hop both feet up (weight on your handlebard). Pull up with your left foot, push back with your right foot. This will do a little skid and as your back wheel sets back down continue pedaling. Just do this everytime your left pedal hits 3 o'clock. Once your good at that, practice with your other foot forward. You'll be amazed how fast you can stop.

The lean against the bars and lock the legs is pretty much just for skid contest. Or maybe not.
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keep riding. once your legs are strong enough, you'll get it.
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The lean against the bars and lock the legs is pretty much just for skid contest. Or maybe not.
It's for picking up chicks, actually...
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Those of us who are over 30 typically prefer to use a front brake and not to skid, but anyways...

Another trick is to slam on the front brake just hard enough to unload/lift your rear wheel and then stop pedalling.
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Those of us who are over 30 typically prefer to use a front brake and not to skid, but anyways...

Another trick is to slam on the front brake just hard enough to unload/lift your rear wheel and then stop pedalling.

Speak for yourself, though I don't skid that much.

That's cheating.
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The lean against the bars and lock the legs is pretty much just for skid contest. Or maybe not.
Long skids are useful for timing purposes, but not the best thing for trying to stop quickly. Skipping/brake use is much more effective when it comes to that.
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You are not a man unless you can skid no hands!
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I can do that really well. Of course, it's usually on my face and following being disconnected from my bike, but there aren't any hands involved.
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Those dudes standing under that stop sign were a bunch of tools...
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Nah, the dude with the springy stilt was a tool.
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ya know the theory of teaching a kid to swim by throwing them in the water....
yeah, take off yr front brake and go down a big hill....you'll get the hang of it.

maybe just build up some leg muscles
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Nah, the dude with the springy stilt was a tool.
Oh damn, I forgot all about that guy, he was the whole toolbox....
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How much more damage & wear is all this leaning doing to front rim/tire?
Do you find that you go thru them often if it's done frequently?

I bent mine up on an older bike (although it was dept. store variety)
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How much more damage & wear is all this leaning doing to front rim/tire?
Do you find that you go thru them often if it's done frequently?
Never noticed any wear or tear on the front through skidding.

Now the BB, chain, rear threads etc now thats another matter
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Never noticed any wear or tear on the front through skidding.

Now the BB, chain, rear threads etc now thats another matter
That's probalby why I had to put a new BB in Saturday. And why my chain is all stretched out.

I'm not sure, but I might blame it on trackstands, too. I think they might be worse for the chain...
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