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How To Stop Going Over The Bars On Your Mountain Bike

October 17, 2019


– OTB. Out the front door over the bars. I’m sure we’ve all done it, and occasionally still do, but this is how to try to avoid it. – Whoa! (smash) – Whooaaa! – The front brake, I think that’s a mistake that almost all of us made as a novice, is to rely on that front brake too much. And a big handful of that on a grippy surface is going to give you a big surprise. But even when it gets slippery if your weight’s a little
bit too far forward, and you use that too much, you can get going over the bars. – Ooh, not again! (clunk) (grunt) I think the second most common reason for going over the bars is not moving the weight far enough back. Especially on downhill sections. If you stay in the middle of the bike with your hips, your weight is actually starting to go towards that front wheel and any small bump can have you up and over. (moan) Ditches, puddles, rocks or even roots, are going to want to swallow your front wheel. So the way to deal with these is just to take weight
off that front wheel. Sometimes just a case of dropping your heels and sliding your weight back. Other times you will need a really good manual to keep your front wheel up and stop it from stalling and sending you up and over. – Arrggh! – The size of a drop off will determine your technique to getting off it. As a rough guide, anything lower than axle level is rollable. So this drop off here
on the left-hand side you can see if I roll this my chain ring is just about going to clear and I’ll be fine. However, on the right-hand side it is bigger, it’s much higher than
axle-height on this bike so if I try to roll this I’m going to drag my chain ring and there’s a good chance I’m either going to damage that or go over the bars. So on this drop off I’m going to need that technique of a manual low speed when I’m going faster just sliding the bike forward and getting back on the bike. – Oof – Sometimes just lifting the front wheel isn’t going to be enough. Your rear wheel can also have you over the bars. In a situation like this, you need to also unweight that rear wheel or just give it a good bunny hop. – Whoa! – Bike setup is also going to make a big difference to where your weight sits naturally on the bike. So cross-country bike is great for going uphill with that high saddle the long stem, the low bars is going to get everything forward. So you’re much more likely to go over the bars on a cross-country bike. Whereas with the Enduro bike I’m obviously going to drop the seat post I’m getting the saddle down I can get behind it much easier but also the bars are much higher the stem’s much shorter, everything is tipped further back on the bike. Don’t forget that if your fork is too soft that can again tip weight forward. So there’s a few tips but I can’t guarantee that you’ll never go over the bars again. Click on the GMBN logo to subscribe to the channel. It’s completely free if you haven’t done already. And click over there for a video that shows you how to manual, that’s going to be useful, and down there for how to do drop offs. Give us thumbs up if you like this video and you find it useful.

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