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Old 10-24-07, 06:21 PM
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skinny bridges

There's a few northshore-style log and 2x4 bridges over rivers, gullys, etc where I like to ride. Are there any tricks to riding them, cause whenever I see them I get nervous that I'm gonna eat it and plunge into the river.

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Old 10-24-07, 06:26 PM
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How long are there and how skinny are they? If they are wider than 8 inches or so and no more than a few feet then just look to the other side and get over there, don't fixate on the side or your bike will follow. Maybe consider laying down some 2x4s in the backyard and practice?
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Old 10-24-07, 06:28 PM
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the skinniest one is about a foot wide and they're 6-7-8 ft long
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Originally Posted by easyperson View Post
whenever I see them I get nervous that I'm gonna eat it and plunge into the river.
Those are good insticts, because that may in fact happen.
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Old 10-24-07, 06:28 PM
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the narrowest is about 1 ft wide and they're 6-8 ft long
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Old 10-24-07, 06:34 PM
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Just keep your eyes a few feet ahead and go for it! Don't rip across it, but don't cross too slowly either. Try to have fun and just try it!
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Old 10-24-07, 06:38 PM
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If there 1ft wide then don't worry about it...you can easily cross that. Just look ahead and take it with a bit more speed.
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Old 10-24-07, 06:39 PM
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Exactly, stare at the exit and pinn'er.
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1 foot wide is cake. Just ride it like you're gonna make it.
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Originally Posted by easyperson View Post
the narrowest is about 1 ft wide and they're 6-8 ft long
thats not bad, 1 foot is not that skinny for a skinny
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Old 10-24-07, 07:52 PM
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Ya, four inches is getting skinny, not a foot.
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Focus ahead across the gully or whatever and don't stare at your front wheel; you'll be fine.
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I try to keep a slow pedal while going across, helps me keep my balance.
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Just ride it solidly and at a steady pace. Keep looking out for how close to the edge you are getting and keep it in the middle. If you really get scared, you can always put a foot down and rest in the middle. Theres enough room for that if it's 1 ft wide.
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Old 10-25-07, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by wethepeople View Post
Ya, four inches is getting skinny, not a foot.
What about 2 inches? that's what I ride, or atleast try to, but ya, most of what I do is 4 inches.

The only reason your scared is because your afraid of falling. I bet you that you can ride down the road for a good 100ft not even paying attention really and probably stay within a foot no troubles there man. Just ride em, and focus on the bridge, not the height.
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Old 10-25-07, 07:34 AM
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don't look at the drop, look at the exit.

think you will clean it, or else you won't

practice riding the edge of sidewalks
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Old 10-25-07, 08:16 AM
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I layed down some almost-foot-wide sknny in my yard a little while ago. Referring to a previous thread, its my "clown around time". Its good fun, and good practice. S******st craftmanship EVER though.

Theres also none around where i ride, so its my fix. Im going to build some more soon.
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Old 10-25-07, 08:43 AM
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On my bmx bike, I can ride about 20 feet on a railroad rail or about 5 feet on a tire wide flat rail (2inch wide) Like others said, just look at where your going, go at a comfortable pace, and don't steer with your bars/wheel, use your body to balance over the top of the bike and keep your wheels straight.

I always just practice riding and balancing over curbs to see how long I can stay balanced on them without falling off. you'll gain a lot of confidence.
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Wheelie across, that way there is half the chance of a wheel going off the bridge.
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Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
Wheelie across, that way there is half the chance of a wheel going off the bridge.
LOL
I've got to try that technique...
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How far down are we talking if you should ride off the side? A few feet? A mile? Just curious. Otherwise, just do what most others suggested. I built a lot of skinny obstacles within my Funland 2.0 trials area also mentioned in another locked thread. Of course, the danger factor on those is minimal.

LOL on the wheelie suggestion. Try a front wheel manual for bonus points!
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Old 10-25-07, 10:26 AM
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Bridges? We don't need no stinkin bridges!
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Originally Posted by sprintcarblue View Post
On my bmx bike, I can ride about 20 feet on a railroad rail or about 5 feet on a tire wide flat rail (2inch wide) Like others said, just look at where your going, go at a comfortable pace, and don't steer with your bars/wheel, use your body to balance over the top of the bike and keep your wheels straight.

I always just practice riding and balancing over curbs to see how long I can stay balanced on them without falling off. you'll gain a lot of confidence.

Thats skill man, I used to try to do that on my MTB but those rails are slick. Good practice though. I havent had too much practice with bridges but the ones I have riden the tips posted above seem to work well. Keep your speed up and look ahead. The thing that scares me is ridding across a log bridge. When there is any moisture at all in the air they are really tricky
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Old 10-25-07, 12:02 PM
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Tuck in your skirt and pin it. If u dont suceed, hopefully, you are still in one piece to try it again.
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Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv View Post
The thing that scares me is ridding across a log bridge. When there is any moisture at all in the air they are really tricky
+1. Check this footage from last year's CBC Ripper; the guy from about 2:39 to 2:51 in - - that would be my style I'm afraid .

https://broadbandsports.com/node/2496
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