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riding backwards?(14 posts)

riding backwards?phlegm
Jan 2, 2003 8:09 PM
OK, so it's not the most useful thing to do on a fixie, but can anyone here do it? I've been casually attempting it, but haven't been able to even get a half rotation of the pedals. The part that always gets me is timing when to shift my weight from one side to the other.
re: riding backwards?fixedgearhead
Jan 3, 2003 5:33 AM
I once read a discription about how it is accomplished. The author said to practice doing figure eights and not try to ride in a straight line. It will take a while to retrain yourself to ride in a strait line. He also said to practice on a mowed lawn or other soft surface as the chance of falling is rather great until you master the technique. I "someday" plan to try it along with mastery of the Unicycle that sits in the "bat cave" awaiting spring.

fixedgearhead
re: riding backwards?OverStuffed
Jan 3, 2003 3:25 PM
If I could ride a unicycle in the 6th grade, I'm sure you could learn. I'm thinking about purchasing another, since mine has since rusted out. Does anyone have grounds for comparison between riding a unicycle and riding a fixie?
Unicycles/fixiesOverStuffed
Jan 3, 2003 3:26 PM
If I could ride a unicycle in the 6th grade, I'm sure you could learn. I'm thinking about purchasing another, since mine has since rusted out. Does anyone have grounds for comparison between riding a unicycle and riding a fixie?
Unicycles/fixiesfixedgearhead
Jan 3, 2003 6:00 PM
Yah. I don't fall off of the fixed gear bicycles like I do the unicycle. I am going to master it this summer though, he said, while bandaging himself.

fixedgearhead
Somewhere I've read a list of rules for fixed gear ...Humma Hah
Jan 3, 2003 6:53 AM
... that are intended to promote happiness and long life.

One of them is to not try riding backwards.
That's probably true, but...phlegm
Jan 3, 2003 9:40 PM
I managed to get a full rotation of pedals tonight. The figure eights tip helped. I think it's more of an S though. Starting from a track stand, right before my pedals got to 6 and 12, My front wheel would be passing center. The trick is to keep the speed down and not think too much. Fortunately, I have platforms and a low 39x16 gearing.
That's probably true, but...fixedgearhead
Jan 4, 2003 5:38 AM
Yes, Don't let your mind work to hard on it. Definately don't be locked in your pedals. You have to overcome the conditioning that all the years of "regular" riding has produced in your body movements. It is just a whole new set of skills you have to learn.

fixedgearhead
re: riding backwards?desmo
Jan 3, 2003 8:59 AM
Can't say I've even come close to making it work but do try once in awhile. Tips: very low gear, lawn, try to do a circle, platforms without clips, and at least 3 beers. Russian bears can do it, there's got to be a way!
re: riding backwards?fixedgearhead
Jan 3, 2003 10:17 AM
Maybe that's the answer! Russian Beers!
Oh, Russian Bears? Oh well.

fixedgearhead
pictures of what's possible on a fixie . ..micha
Jan 4, 2003 12:26 PM
When I lived in Germany, I had a friend who did "Kunstradfahren" - "artistic cycling." It's a bit like figure skating, except the skates are your bike. The Germans are the absolute masters at this. My friend used to roll backwards while doing a handstand on the handlebars, and other truly amazing feats.

The attached is the web site of a local German club - click on "Sportliche Erfolge" to see a few more pictures. I love the one showing the handlebar-to-saddle jump . .

The bikes are special - 1:1 fixed gear, saddles sometimes 30-40 cm behind the bottom bracket, "turned around" handlebars 10-20 cm above the saddle.

http://www.rvweil.de/rsvkr1.htm
Amazo.speedisgood
Jan 5, 2003 10:09 AM
kinda reminds me of those freestyle BMX guys, but on bigger wheels and doing aerials. I think I'll just stick with nice, safe crit racing . . .
pictures of what's possible on a fixie . ..toonces
Jan 9, 2003 10:36 AM
Neato. While I was watching the NACCC in Houston, I saw nohand trackstands, riding backwards in circles, and some nosewheelie thing where the bike looked like it was on the ground, but the pedals weren't turning and the dude was leaning the bike forward. There were pictures of other stuff, but I didn't get to see that.
maybe on a trainer first?DougSloan
Jan 9, 2003 11:24 AM
Maybe put the bike on a trainer and get used to pedaling backwards first. That's one less thing when you try it for real, then. Rollers might be interesting, too.

Never tried, and likely never will, myself.