In Sports Applications

October 01, 2006

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The first several parts of this series on functional bike maneuvers will be directed toward anyone looking to improve their technical riding and will not be discipline-specific. Later installments will present strategies for improving riding performance for those already skilled on a bicycle.

In this series we will be looking at functional skills drawn from primarily from mountain biking, bicycle trials, and BMX freestyle. For our purposes, we’ll consider only the skills that help you navigate your environment smoothly and efficiently or that allow you to ride terrain that you otherwise couldn't. Hopping over a log or jumping down a set of stairs would be considered functional; doing a 360-degree spin in the process wouldn't. (This doesn't discount the value of learning skills such as a 360, as pushing your level of technical skill development will only improve your overall ability as a cyclist.

However, the 360 is not needed to clear the stairs, so it would be outside the scope of these articles.) Since this series won't be riding-style specific, we’ll be looking at functional skills that can be done on almost any kind of bike. Moves that require BMX bikes with axle pegs or trials bikes with bashguards won't be considered here. Basically, we will be borrowing the useful skills from across a range of biking styles.

My riding background is primarily in BMX, though I have competed in trials riding and done some mountain biking as well. My specialty has always been BMX flatland or ground riding. It is possibly the least functional of all the riding disciplines, but it does allow you to develop a very high level of balance and bike control.

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3 Comments on “Bike Control Basics: Static Skills”

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extsieg wrote …

Helmet Helmet Helmet, hard to do anything talked about in the article if you can't say your name after smashing your head on a rock. Safety, TeamWork, Set the Example High.!!!

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wrote …

I must agree, the fact that this rider/trainer fails to use the #1 safety device "the helmet" takes away from the professional experience needed to provide advice on cycling skills. The first paragraph describes improving technical riding skills... in this case, even if done correctly, it may eventually become a true no brainer!!!

Other wise great job!

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wrote …

Good article by Scotty. To the previous posters, to suggest that the article is somehow less meaningful because Scotty does not wear a helmet for the photo shoot is absurd. Sort of like criticizing the driving skills of Mario Andretti for not being buckled up in the pit. Get off your PC high horse.

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