Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Riding backward help

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Riding backward help

Old 01-01-06, 12:50 AM
  #1  
pistaboy
The Overlord
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Southern Oregon
Posts: 124

Bikes: 2005 Pista, 2005 Gary Fisher GED, and a Old Nishiki touring bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Riding backward help

So my friend told me that riding backwards was something that required no skill, just practice. I sorta agree with him but I can't figure out how to try and do **** like that with out falling over. No **** you might say and I agree with you. But I'm more concered about the zero mile an hour fall over due to clipless pedals. So my question is "Can you ride backwards and if so give me some pointers?"
And please don't post something dumb like why would you want to ride backwards. Or just deal with the pain. I know I'm gonna fall and am chill with it but I'd rather not fall when I can...
pistaboy is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 12:55 AM
  #2  
worker4youth
Vanned.
 
worker4youth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,244

Bikes: 2006 Motobecane Le Champ SL, 2006 Mercier Kilo TT, 2004 Gary Fisher Tassajara

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can guarantee you'll fall. Just try it in a grassy field.
worker4youth is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 01:01 AM
  #3  
Ronin
fitter, happier
 
Ronin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Lawrence
Posts: 200

Bikes: I have more bikes than fingers. So I can't count em

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
https://www.63xc.com/gonterian/reverse.htm
Ronin is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 03:05 AM
  #4  
skelly
anarchy burger
 
skelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 969
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
happy new year

Last edited by skelly; 01-01-06 at 10:37 AM.
skelly is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 10:11 AM
  #5  
rvabiker
Senior Member
 
rvabiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 798
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
troll
rvabiker is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 10:22 AM
  #6  
LóFarkas
LF for the accentdeprived
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Posts: 3,549
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
search function
LóFarkas is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 11:28 AM
  #7  
Shiznaz
Gone, but not forgotten
 
Shiznaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,508

Bikes: spicer fixie, Haro BMX, cyclops track, Soma Double Cross, KHS Flite 100

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
you can't be taught this kind of thing. Its like reading a book about how to do a backflip... It just won't help until you already know how to do it. Its all about creating new neuromuscular connections and getting your nervous system used to the feeling. This can only be achieved through hours of practice and falling over.
Shiznaz is offline  
Old 01-01-06, 11:52 AM
  #8  
Youngr51
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I found standing up made things easier to learn riding backwards. Mostly just practice practice practice. Try a tennis court or large empty lot so there are no distractions to worry about.
Youngr51 is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 01:00 PM
  #9  
sxe fbm rider
Senior Member
 
sxe fbm rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 1,259

Bikes: Fbm Night Train, Fixed Club Fuji(so sexy).

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have never tried riding backwards on my fixie, but I stand when I do it on my bmx bike but that's a little different because I'm coming out of trick backwards with speed not from a standstill.
sxe fbm rider is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 01:19 PM
  #10  
Phillio
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Bklyn
Posts: 117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can get as far as 3/4 of a circle and I lose balance and fall, every time, but that's all part of the fun. I'm still a rookie too. Just gotta keep at it and eventually it'll happen. I'll be giddy like a little kid once I get it, that's for sure.
Phillio is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 04:16 PM
  #11  
sxe fbm rider
Senior Member
 
sxe fbm rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 1,259

Bikes: Fbm Night Train, Fixed Club Fuji(so sexy).

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have seen backwards riding done on fixies but I've never seen someone spin out of it and go forwards. When riding backwards on a bmx you turn your bars sharply and either lock your legs or use your back brake to whip around and ride forwards in a smooth motion. When I see people ride backwards on fixies they just come to a stop and ride forwards. Does anyone spin out of it, or know if anyones else does?
sxe fbm rider is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 04:53 PM
  #12  
popluhv
Doortrapper
 
popluhv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 892
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by sxe fbm rider
I have seen backwards riding done on fixies but I've never seen someone spin out of it and go forwards. When riding backwards on a bmx you turn your bars sharply and either lock your legs or use your back brake to whip around and ride forwards in a smooth motion. When I see people ride backwards on fixies they just come to a stop and ride forwards. Does anyone spin out of it, or know if anyones else does?
Do you mean unweighting the front wheel, and pivoting on the back?
popluhv is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 09:53 PM
  #13  
tink20seven
sleeper class
 
tink20seven's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: noVa % dC
Posts: 790
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can get as far as 3/4 of a circle and I lose balance
stiffen your arms and transfer your weight back over the saddle
don't psych yourself out and smoothly peddal through it.
gold
__________________
tink20seven is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 11:46 PM
  #14  
tallanasty
college
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Tallahassee/Miami FL
Posts: 39

Bikes: KHS Flite 100, Bianchi Sport SX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I spin out cuz I gotz mad skillz
tallanasty is offline  
Old 01-02-06, 11:46 PM
  #15  
sxe fbm rider
Senior Member
 
sxe fbm rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 1,259

Bikes: Fbm Night Train, Fixed Club Fuji(so sexy).

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by popluhv
Do you mean unweighting the front wheel, and pivoting on the back?
Yes. Spinning around on your back wheel and riding forward out of it with the momentum you allready had.
sxe fbm rider is offline  
Old 01-03-06, 02:08 AM
  #16  
iBarna
Senior Member
 
iBarna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 107

Bikes: A great one!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by pistaboy
something that required no skill, just practice
Isn't practice the best way to acquire skills?
iBarna is offline  
Old 01-03-06, 02:38 AM
  #17  
bigbikerbrian
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Seattle
Posts: 321
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
for the love of god, dont do it with clipless pedals. put some other ones on there when youre practicing. clipless makes learning new stuff like that a million times more difficult.
bigbikerbrian is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.