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 Post subject: Safe Riding #4 Smoothness
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 8:14 am 
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The bike must be an extension of your body, so get to know your bike- get in seat time. Keep a firm connection with the legs at the area around the seat/tank junction. This lets you really feel what the bike is doing and make constant corrections.

Riding sloppy or lazy, or even worse, tight, will waste energy as you try to control your bike. Learning to ride relaxed, while connected to the bike with your legs, will allow flowing with your bike. The bike and rider must become one.

A rider who is smooth, relaxed and comfortable will always perform better than a rider who is tense. Regularly adjusting your grip and your feet will help smoothness. As Gary Semics says, don't be a statue on the bike. Stay fluid, by constantly adjusting your body position as needed.

The rider who comes out in front will be the smoother one who conserves energy. The more energy you have, the better you perform.

Smoothness requires balance. Weight shifting (moving) on the bike radically affects your balance. Again, constant movement. Don't just sit on the bike. Stand as much as possible, and shift your weight forward to accelerate, and back to brake. You will weigh the outside of the bike in turns, and you are constantly correcting your grip as you stand and sit.

Ride relaxed and smooth on your bike, moving your body with your bike, not against it. Think Muhammad Ali- float like a butterfly. :) Let your bike soak up the hits. Pick lines that maintain speed.

Work with the bike. To see a great example of this, check out some of the older Gary Bailey videos of David riding in the mid 80's, before his injury. Jeremy McGrath is another example of "poetry in motion" on a bike- he appears on some of the earlier Semics videos.

Don’t tighten up when you approach an obstacle. Be confident. Relax, and don't hold your breath! Just as in weighlifting, holding your breath is a really bad idea.

Before you ride think of all your riding successes. Replay them in your mind before riding. Gary Semics has a section in his conditioning video on visualizing your future success. Recalling your past victories works equally well.

Get ready for the next jump/turn/etc. Look way ahead, see "looking ahead" post. The more familiar you are with the course, the bike, the terrain, the conditions, the better you will be at riding proactively, not reactively. Again, seat time is key to relaxing on the bike and performing at your best. But, it has to be quality seat time, see post on making skills habit.

Expecting whatever comes next (instead of waiting to react to it) will allow you to be ready earlier, helping you avoid potential disaster. With some time to prepare (buying time by looking ahead, combined with absolute familiarity with your bike), you can execute the proper skill at the proper time. Whether it is throttle, brakes, clutch, or often a combination of these, being prepared BEFORE you reach the obstacle will help you execute the action more timely and effectively.

An example- you are approaching a turn that the front end likes to push on- prepare in advance to ride the front brake gently to compress the suspension, decreasing the rake, so the front end will stick. Get your weight up on the tank, and inside leg up by the axle. And if it is a left hander, you can also gently ride the rear brake to keep the front end planted.

Ultimately, your goal is to process the upcoming obstacle subconsicously and execute the proper technique automatically.

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Last edited by Joe Reitman on Thu May 18, 2006 8:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Nice job Joe. I hope lots of riders will read this and practice the basics put out here.

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It makes a big difference- funny how you can move down the track/trail at a "slightly" brisker pace, safely, when you master the basics. :D

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Good tips

I just hope Oldman124.5 doesn't confuse Joe's smoothness tips with coolness pointers that he needs.

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Bump to order/sticky these.

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