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Old 04-13-08, 04:26 PM
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Whats wrong here?!

Okay so I can go off a kicker now better by leveling out and everything. The only thing is that my pedals slip from right under my feet and smash into my feet/ankles! I can't stop it! This happens with other tricks too! How do I prevent it?!
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Old 04-13-08, 04:46 PM
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any tips???
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Old 04-13-08, 05:58 PM
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Post a video of your problem please.
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Old 04-13-08, 06:46 PM
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Hard to tell what you're problem actually is. How are you jumping? Just rolling off the kicker, or pumping the hell out of it and giving it some jump at the lip? Drop your seat and hang on with your knees...? More info.
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Old 04-13-08, 07:00 PM
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I dunno guys, Its just my foots slip off the pedals.. and then the pedals wack my shins/ankles.
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Go clipless!
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Old 04-13-08, 07:11 PM
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Go clipless!
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Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
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-2....Work on pumping through the jump instead of just rolling off it. Loosen up at the knees and just let the bike flow under you. Biggest thing is just relax a bit.
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Old 04-13-08, 08:00 PM
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Wear armor.
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Old 04-13-08, 10:30 PM
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Don't mountain bike... its too dangerous.
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Old 04-13-08, 10:45 PM
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I was / am a ****ty rider when it comes to air but I've been getting a lot better by consciously loosening up a ton. I have to think about it but when I loosen up catching air feels natural. Also wearing armor helped give me the confidence to properly attack jumps with the power needed to do them right.

Still working on it though. Every little bit I get higher feels great. Keep practicing!
 
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Originally Posted by adamb123 View Post
The only thing is that my pedals slip from right under my feet and smash into my feet/ankles! I can't stop it! This happens with other tricks too! How do I prevent it?!
Get VERY sharp pedals and you'll think about your feet a little more, or you'll just go numb after a while.
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You're jumping too early. Concentrate on getting your front wheel up higher and when you leave the lip the pedals should feel tight against the bottom of your feet. Also get more speed and less yank.
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When you're jumping, keep your feet centered on the pedal, rather than on the ball of your foot, like during trail riding. This will give you more forgiveness as far as your pedal position, and prevent your ankle muscles from getting overwhelmed and giving you an ankle injury. When you jump, make sure you're not pulling your feet up faster than your bike is coming up, because if your foot leaves your pedal when you don't want it to, then its alot harder to stick that landing.

And yes, check your timing. I know I sometimes slip up like that if i kick up my feet too soon, or too late. The timing isn't difficult to get, but you do need abit of focus starting off. If you're riding with music, try to cut the music when you're jumping, as the beat often throws peoples timing off, myself included.
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Can you bunny hop well with platform pedals? If so you know how to keep tension between the bars and the pedals, thus securing your feet.
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Old 04-17-08, 07:15 AM
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I would have to third the timing part. pumping too early would kind of spin you and the bike more forward which could throw your feet off. If you think you're going early enough, keep waiting.
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Old 04-17-08, 12:58 PM
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As you approach the jump simply bail off the bike. The pedals won't hit you in the shins (but this may cause other problems).
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