How To Ride a Mountain Bike - Fluidride Flow Tonic Mountain Bike DVD (2012)

How can you take fast turns on your mountain bike without falling? How can you ride faster? And how can you take advantage of the forces that are at work when riding on downhill singletracks?

Check out the Flow Tonic 2012 DVD and master the art of riding your MTB.
In his follow up to the top selling instructional, Fluidride: Like a Pro, veteran pro racer and internationally renowned coach Simon Lawton discusses the importance of proper footwork on the bike. Flow-Tonic teaches you the importance of riding from your feet in any riding discipline, and gives you easy and clear ways to start your very own riding revolution.
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Video transcript:

We're gonna talk a little bit about foot dominance.

One of the most noticeable things between most riders is that almost all riders tend to be dominant on one foot. What I mean by that is most riders like to stand on one foot more than the other.

When it comes to linking turns, form one turn to the next, that becomes an issue. Because a lot of riders are really stuck on one foot.

So, when we wanna turn correctly, it's really important that we move from foot to foot. And, in doing that, we're gonna be weighting our outside foot by moving our inside knee toward the turn, in the direction we wanna go.

And by moving the inside knee in that direction, we're necessarily taking weight off that foot and creating more pressure on the outside foot.

In some turns, this is gonna result in a bit of foot dipping with the outside foot. But the most important thing is it's gonna create outside foot pressure, giving me traction and control.

So if I happen to lead with my left foot forward, like I do when I ride, as I turn left, I'm gonna move my inside knee and my outside pedal is gonna move slightly down and back.

When I'm turning right, I'm gonna open my right knee and my left is gonna move forward and down.

If I lead with my right foot which is totally fine, as I turn left and open my left knee, my right foot will move forward and down. As I turn right and open my right knee, my left foot will move down and back.

So, it's a lot like skiing, I'm just moving from turn to turn, and from foot to foot.
A couple of years ago he actually came up to me and said: "Hey, I'd really like to work with you. I noticed you're doing something really weird on your right hand corners."

I said: "Yeah... Ok. Whatever."

I was weighting my inside foot on my right hand corners which was causing my rear end to slide out.

I think he said to think "think about every time you crash in a race, where was it?". It was a right hand corner. "Yeah. You're doing it improperly."

But when I really focus and try to remove that from my riding, my corners are all way faster when I do it.
So go out, give us a try on the trail. The goal is really just to be a lightly and to be able to move from foot to foot and execute turns perfectly in both directions.

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  1. Simple thing to do, but hard to remember to always do it.

    1. Yeah - (that's me speaking with a nasty bruise on my elbow...). :-)


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