It's good for learning cornering skills to wash out like that. It's like learning how to wheelie, you're only going to find your balance point one way and that is to flip the bike over a couple of times. Same applies to leaning into turns, you'll find that balance point, but you'll have to crash a couple times while you're at it.
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That shot says it all!! Also getting foreward on the bike. It looks like his chin is over the stem. A girl rider taught me about over leaning the bike. The shot shows that perfectly. That's been huge for me. If you feel like you aren't going to make the corner lay the bike over more between your legs. That adds a whole new dimention to turning a bike. It sure is fun making a corner with both tires sliding and not hitting the brakes.
Also read/know to point your hips into the turn (from a Pinkbike vid?)...the exact opposite from skiing, which is why it took me so long to figure it out! Give it a shot...it really helps with the "finding your balance point" thing, i.e, learning how to "drift" the bike while cornering on the loose stuff. Also helpful on snow (both to learn and to apply conering skills)
Thanks fc - fast cornering is the hardest thing, I think - ok maybe not harder than doing double backflips, lol. But practicing some figure-eight drills in the street/parking lot that gene hamilton gave (below) has helped me get the counter-steering effect, especially helps loosen you up enough to "get" the bike-body separation bit of getting your hips leaning one way and bike the other. Steep and loose stuff really kills my cornering-practice motivation though - I need some drills to get the mind/fear out of the way!
Actually, every time I ride the mountain bike I gain more confidence on the street bike. You use the suspension more with a Mountain Bike and the way suspensions are tuned on motorcycles you don't throw it around as much. Number one rule on the motorcyle is to always look through the corner....it's a little like the saying in golf "If you look down to see a good swing you never will" ...... If you look down at your wheels to watch yourself corner it just wont work...........
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Another big area that hasn't been covered is weighting and unweighting. Setting up for corners then pushing your weight down into the tires is another dimension of technique. Spending time at a pump track seems really good for this.