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seanharan 08-20-11 11:58 AM

Riding backwards
Learning to ride backwards on my fixie. Whenever the pedal reaches the bottom of the rotation I fall to one side. Any tips?

mjf595 08-20-11 12:28 PM

your weight is shifting to one side, you need to balance out your body to compensate for that.

hamfoh 08-20-11 02:05 PM

Kayce 08-20-11 04:11 PM

Do circles first, then learn to straighten it out. Gear down.

vw addict 08-20-11 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by seanharan (Post 13108196)
Learning to ride backwards on my fixie. Whenever the pedal reaches the bottom of the rotation I fall to one side. Any tips?

ride forward

Jandro 08-20-11 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by vw addict (Post 13108999)
ride forward


Eric the Ricer 08-21-11 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by hamfoh (Post 13108531)

kinda dope

Jaytron 08-21-11 04:07 PM

Kilo TT

EssEllSee 08-22-11 01:06 PM

rithem 08-22-11 02:17 PM

cut the wheel the direction your tipping .. tack left to right ... left foot down tack left and so on

camashtorcal 08-23-11 01:35 AM

Do the opposite of what you have been doing. But seriously, do the opposite of what you have been doing. Just keep practicing and practicing and practicing. Some people get it right away and others can take a long time to get it. Don't worry, just keep practicing. Not rocket science, just have "feel" it.

chowmeen 08-17-12 01:49 AM

Turn your saddle around.

GENESTARWIND 08-17-12 01:55 AM

balance and practice. Its like trying to to cut a steak with a knife and fork but using the opposite hands. it feels awkward and you feel.. eh whats the word... cant think booze but but in time.

cc700 08-17-12 08:51 AM

first step is to talk about it on the internet

Crandrew 08-17-12 11:43 AM

second step is to bump a year old thread

rafiki530 08-20-12 01:10 PM

1. When I first started to learn this someone told me to head straight for a wall or fence and hit it to start the backwards motion.

2. I found chain link fences to be better for this since they had a little bit of spring to them when you hit em.

3. Although it may seem counter-intuitive going at the fence with some speed helps, I'm not saying book it at the fence but If you have too little speed you wont have the same amount of control. Kinda hard to explain but it's kinda like riding with no handlebars the more committed your are to going backwards and the more comfortable you are the easier it will be to ride backwards.

4. Some claim that clips will help, I haven't noticed any benefit from doing so but some people swear on this.
Hope all this helps.

BigJeff 08-20-12 04:16 PM

Watch a bunch of world championship Artistic Cycling videos... then go into your driveway and break your arm trying it.

I think the no-hands wheelie forwards/backwards in a circle with someone standing on your shoulders is my favorite trick

Philasteve 08-21-12 06:04 PM

Practice practice practice one day it'll just click. It took me a few weeks, at first I just learned to do circles in the direction I was comfortable track-standing. Once I got good in that direction I switches circles to the opposite side. After that I just started out doing a circle then straighten'd out the bars and started going straight back. Sometimes it helps to do it down a slanted drive way for added momentum.

Elbowgrease 08-27-12 02:50 PM

+1 on the forward/backward no hands wheelie with someone standing on your shoulders thing.

EpicSchwinn 08-28-12 12:50 AM

I'm no expert but I've learned how to do the whole backwards in a circle thing. My advice would be:

1. Learn to track stand if you haven't already
2. Get really good at it - like no hands track standing for as long as you want
3. Practice trackstanding but instead of doing little back-forth motions to balance, make them bigger and bigger until you're eventually going forward and backward in an arc - eventually a circle

As for riding backwards in a straight line, it's much more difficult. practice 1-3 with your wheel tilted both right and left so you get ambidextrous at it and then you should be able to counter for leaning to either side.

diff 10-08-12 05:06 PM

Yeah, you have to know how to track stand in both directions really good, and know backwards circles in both directions. Then you just start to make your circles wider and wider.

Takes time and lots of practice. After practicing on and off for like 3 months, I was finally able to do backwards circles in 1 direction. And they weren't pretty either.

frantik 01-05-13 03:29 AM


Originally Posted by hamfoh (Post 13108531)

hah i know exactly where that is.. TONS of FGFS riders in downtown SJ

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