After two weeks of rainy weather, the mountain bike trails are closed for maintenance. When trails aren’t an option, you can always find stuff to ride around town, this is usually referred to as riding street.
Riding street can be really fun, and it forces you to be creative and inventive with your surroundings. If your bike is set up for the trails, just pumping up the tires a little more makes it fine for street. I also stiffen up my suspension a bit by adding air, but this isn’t required.
Start by picking a spot, be it a curb, or a little bump in the pavement. Ride the same spot for a while, and it’s called a session. Sessioning forces you to squeeze every possibility out of your surroundings. After a while you’ll start to consider everything in town to be a potential spot for a session.
The more techniques you have in your street riding toolbox, the easier it is to be creative. Bunny hops, endos, fakies, and 180s are all super useful, but it doesn’t stop there. Here we’re bombing this hill but starting off with an endo. Putting these two techniques gives you a combo. Let’s call it an “endo-dive”.
Embankments can be really fun spots to session, and here you can practice a 180 turn. Start by manualling at the top of the bank, and then add a hop at the end. Make sure you’re looking in the direction you want to go, which should be over your shoulder. With a little practice, you can get more of the spin to actually be in the air. I’m not sure how useful this is on the trails, but it sure is fun.
The more experience you have on street obstacles, the more fun you can have. I sweat my balls off sessioning this picnic table today. Who says you need trails to get a workout? Practicing the same technique over and over until you get it can be a emotional roller coaster. The more time you invest, the more pissed off you get when you just can’t get it. But when you finally stick your landing, it’s all worth it.
Street sessions with friends are some of my fondest memories. Although I usually ride street alone nowadays, I get to share my sessions with you guys. So thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.Reblogged 1 year ago from www.youtube.com