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Offline a08

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What trick are you working on?
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:24:04 AM »
Im working on hang 5's.. I know.. pretty basic but what can I say?


I made the balance trainer and it seems to be helpful

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 01:43:20 AM »
I'm still working on pedal time machines, have been on and off for like a year now. Lately started focusing on turbining them, feels awkward but getting better at it each day.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 01:45:12 AM »
I'm still working on pedal time machines, have been on and off for like a year now. Lately started focusing on turbining them, feels awkward but getting better at it each day.

do you go right to the pedal or step on the bottom bracket first?

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 09:30:57 AM »
Right to the pedal but I'm also working on the BB step up, just haven't quite got it down yet.


Hang 5's are hard to learn - same with Karl Kruisers. A couple months ago I got determined to learn both of them opposite. Reminded me how ****ing difficult it was to learn them regular when I first started riding flatland (1996). With time you may start to forget just how difficult it was.


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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2020, 03:32:43 AM »
Working on hang 5 myself. I either push too hard and go flying forward, or not push hard enough.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 04:43:25 AM »
front wheel tricks are all hard for me. Some days I feel like 'ok, I got hang 5's' and then others it's like the first day I tried one. I've also been working on half lashes for what feels like forever. More the version where you don't put the back wheel down but ride them more like a steamroller (though both hands on the bars still).

Turbining rear wheel tricks too is something I've been working on. Single foot and both feet. I can get a few and then all my momentum gets lost in the pumps. Opposite foot peg wheelie to where you pivot the bike under you and then you peg wheelie the bike upside down (no clue what it's called). I've got pretty big feet (size 13) and pivoting while not getting my toes tangled in the chainstay feels almost impossible to me... but, is something I'm always trying to get. Same thing with opposite foot rear peg wheelie into a scuffless lardyard. Same issue with the ol' feet. I've sort of taken a step back and trying to get more comfortable with my foot further out on the peg.

Firehydrant to backwards karl kruiser (smooth with no brake tap) is another one I've been trying to get down. Or even trying to firehydrant to forward karl kruiser... that fwd pivot is not something I'm comfortable with.

Time machines are something I'm trying to learn as well.

here's a silly one that I should have down but do not. McCircle... I have no clue why this trick is so hard for me to learn. Maybe because it's that I'm sort of tall, old, and have big feet.... yeah, I'm running with that excuse :). But, getting my dumb clown foot up to the front tire to scuff in a firehydrant feels super awkward to me. I really should practice this one more than I do. I might try it 5 or so times every session and then 'enough of that nonsense!' and move on to other things...

I feel like my trick 'arsenal' is filled with a ton of tricks that I'm working on and only a handful of ones that feel consistent.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 07:15:53 PM »
For the last couple years I've had it in my mind to want to get multiple whiplashes and a hitch hiker added to the trick list.  I set out to practice them, but have a hard time committing to keeping the bike forward after the 1st whiplash and hesitate to drop the bars down for the hitch hiker.  During this Corona lockdown, I built one of the balance trainer peg holder contraptions.  It seems to build confidence by letting you feel the movements of the bike, but in a safer way.  I'm hoping to build muscle memory and take it to the pavement when the weather and improves.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2020, 02:45:20 PM »
Right to the pedal but I'm also working on the BB step up, just haven't quite got it down yet.

Hang 5's are hard to learn - same with Karl Kruisers. A couple months ago I got determined to learn both of them opposite. Reminded me how ****ing difficult it was to learn them regular when I first started riding flatland (1996). With time you may start to forget just how difficult it was.


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I totally get it, cant wait till I dial them though. I feel like the hang 5 is a gateway trick lol

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2020, 02:48:48 PM »
Working on hang 5 myself. I either push too hard and go flying forward, or not push hard enough.

too be honest Im right about here on the balance trainer.. I was reading through some comments on IG or FB and people saying that they're nothing like the real thing, which I can imagine its not the same of course but I swear its helping.

I probably tried 50 times to get into the position on the balance trainer, I was either popping to far forward or not enough like you said, then I got it.  then I was getting it every 25 tries. then every 10 or 15 tries. now its about every 8 or 9 tries. its a only a matter of time before I can do them consistently on the balance trainer and since my body muscles will know what to do and where to go I will just have to learn the additional aspects of doing them while rolling.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2020, 10:01:05 PM »
In regards to Hang 5, that was a trick i was determined to master.

The best way i can describe it;

Your shoulders need to be over the front wheel and your head wants to end up almost in line with the end of the wheel. 90% of the trick is actually to just push the handlebars forward so the back wheel lifts up.
As you push the bars, slightly shift your weight forward and get your weight over that wheel. You do not want your arms locked but very slightly bent.
You want the seat to touch your arse when you push it up. You then keep it locked in place with both your arms and your butt to make you and the bike one object so to speak.

To keep the balance use your arms and your hanging leg like a tail, your body should kind of do it instinctively...

As previously mentioned, this is a fundamental trick that leads into lots of other thing so putting in the graft to learn it will pay off in the long run. I tried it for ages before it clicked, but it did just click.
In the day it clicked i went from doing nothing to the whole tennis court by the end of the day. Once you feel it your know.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2020, 09:03:32 PM »
great reply Killah!
I have days where it does seem to click and then the next day it's like I never did one before... It's insane. Those days where things click feel awesome. The other days.... less awesome. I love to blame the elements on those days... you know... oh, the wind was blowing too hard... there was too much sun and my shadows were messing with me.... there wasn't enough sun... it's a Wednesday and I ride better on non Wednesdays... Unless it's a 'bad thursday'... I didn't wait an hour after eating lunch before riding... My list of excuses is really long  O0

I need to look into this trainer thing you're all talking about. When I can't get outside to ride I tend to play around with the unkbike... or whatever it's called. basically the front end of the bike. While I don't feel like it really tanslates much back to my bike I do find it to be a fun challenge and working the balance center of the ol' noggin.

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Re: What trick are you working on?
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2020, 09:40:59 PM »
My nemesis is multiple whiplashes, i think it will just click one day but that doesn't seem like anyday soon.

I just need this lockdown to be over so i can go out and ride, oh and nice weather, and no wind!