Switchback technique question
I have a section of trail that I just can't seem to ride. It is a downhill switchback that goes from left to right. It is a hairpin turn. On top of that the trail is really dry and loose and it is on a 45 degree slant downhill. As I approach to turn right into the switchback, my wheel keeps sliding out from underneath me before I can even attempt the turn.
Anyone have suggestions for my technique? My only thought is to angle the bike so that it is perpendicular to the slant of the hill, but it seems b/c of my slow speed that I'll just tip over with gravity.
Re: Switchback technique question
^^^This technique works for me, it makes "unridable" switchbacks ridable and even looks cool. Start the switchback as if it is ridable, but come to a soft stop when your front tire has just made it past the sharpest point of the turn. Your back tire and center of gravity will still be above the sharpest point of the turn. With your front brake squeezed tight, do a little endo while using your lower body to swing the back end of the bike around the turn so it lines up with the turn exit. One hop should be all you need. Then release the front brake and roll out. You don't need to swing the back end all the way in to line with the exit, sometimes just bringing around a bit is all it takes to be able to roll out with no dabs. I want to be able to do this trick without the soft stop and do a slow nose manual, but my skills aren't there yet.
Originally Posted by smilinsteve
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