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Fixie power slides(10 posts)

Fixie power slidesAndante
Apr 30, 2002 7:25 AM
Now that I am comfortable with my fixie, any tips on how to do that trick where you can lock up the rear wheel while still moving along at a good clip? Must be some sort of unweighting of the rear wheel. Help?
re: Fixie power slidestronracer
Apr 30, 2002 7:37 AM
Lean forward a little bit, and when the right crank is in the 9 to 12o'clock position push back with all your might using the right leg. Practice in the rain if you are having difficulty. Or any wet surface will make slidiung a bit easier. Not much practice will have you sliding around turns.
style points for a downhill w/ and intersection at the end NmSpirito
Apr 30, 2002 7:42 AM
re: Fixie power slidesThaddeus
Apr 30, 2002 8:16 AM
The pedal locking method is a good one, but I try to get the pedal in the 7-8 o'clock position, not further around in the revolution. But the position when you start, as well as the leg you use is user-determined, of course...

have you mastered the rear dismount, where the bike shoots forward and you grab the seat as you stand firmly on the ground? Then work on combining the two...

I have a messenger friend and longtime track rider who I have seen skid across a busy DC intersection, bunnyhop the curb, and rear-dismount the bike - now that is a trick... He has also been known to ride around sitting on the handlebars going backwards...

isn't this trick tough on the knees?wonderdog
Apr 30, 2002 8:47 AM
i have a fixie and am concerned about leg braking because of the stress on my knees. it may look cool now, but i'd still like to be riding in 10 years. any thoughts on this?

isn't this trick tough on the knees?SteveO
Apr 30, 2002 11:04 AM
if youre concerned about injury (As well you should be) simply put a brake on. problem solved.

btw - being a fixed rider of about 10 years now... i still fail to see why a skid 'looks cool'. jmo.
i have installed brakes for this very reason!wonderdog
Apr 30, 2002 11:10 AM
:-) i do have brakes on my fixie, but i still hear a lot of talk about "skidding" and leg braking....esp from the messenger culture. i have wondered how many of these people have messed up their knees by riding this way.

now, skids on a coaster brake are a different matter altogether......
I agree with the brakeonespeed
Apr 30, 2002 12:04 PM
I will always have a brake on my fixed gear because of those emergency situations where a skid just wont cut it.

I find I use it very little now, but it offers major comfort when used in an emergency situation.
Bunny Hopping?Andante
Apr 30, 2002 10:35 AM
I have also been able to bunny hop without wearing the pavement. What is the trick in doing it on a fixie. You can't coast at the 9 and 3 positions to set up the jump!!
the trick is to get lucky when everyone is lookingishmael
Apr 30, 2002 11:36 AM
that is a ballsy maneuver...the sitting on the bars is no bigger but hopping a curb, creeps me out...i can holes in the ground but there isnt much risk in that...there is no trick at all, its just one of those things you do, or you dont do, and you end up smacking your rear wheel really hard...and if youre really unlucky you smack the front wheel