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hop stop?muuqi
Jan 30, 2004 10:05 PM
I was visiting a friend in Portland and we were riding around doing trials and I saw quite a few bike messengers and the ones that were riding fixies were stopping by sort of hopping the rear wheel and then skidding? How do they do that? Any tips? Thanks
re: hop stop?popdan
Jan 31, 2004 6:25 PM
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My guess...OverStuffed
Jan 31, 2004 6:37 PM
It sounds like they have their weight forward when they begin to stop, then shift their weight backwards. It's easier to stop an unweighted wheel. Some riders can skid long distances by putting all their weight over the stem (not past the bars) and locking up the rear wheel. I've also seen one rider weave between stopped cars at about 15 mph by skidding. It's fun to watch someone (not me) who can ride like that.

it just sort of happenswooden legs
Feb 1, 2004 4:01 PM
if you're body is loose the momentum of your rear wheel will cause it to hop off the ground a bit when you lock your legs. you can use this to your advantage when jumping up curbs i learned a few days ago, same principle, you lock your legs and let the momentum of the wheel pop itself off the ground. still faster to stop without skidding (but less fun).
I do it all the time.cmgauch
Feb 2, 2004 7:05 AM
I have a hard time explaining the mechanics of these things, but I'll try: When I lock it up, I have a tight grip on the bars and the primary action is to resist the pedal's down stroke. It seems that if I do this abruptly while out of the saddle, a slight hop results. Do it once, & repeating it is easy. Pedal position need not change. When I'm tired, it is the easiest way to get into skid mode. When I'm too tired to skid, it's an easy way to stop.