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How to teach your girlfriend, others to skip stop

Old 03-02-08, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
Hey spooky, there is one minor flaw in your writeup. You say that people should put their strong leg in the back when learning to skip. This is true for a lot of people (since there are so many right handed regular footers), but not everyone. What you really want to do is have your dominant foot forward. As a right handed goofy footer, my strong leg goes in the front in my preferred skating/ track standing/ skipping position.
interesting.
i my skips are ambidextrous, but i always get the reverse wheel motion when my right foot (dominant) is back, but i can see how that would change depending on how you ride.
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Old 03-02-08, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
interesting.
i my skips are ambidextrous, but i always get the reverse wheel motion when my right foot (dominant) is back, but i can see how that would change depending on how you ride.
I prefer dominant foot back, and I ride goofy on a skateboard. I really dig this write up. Solid.

Edited for stupidity: I lied about preferring dominant foot back. sorry guys.

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Old 03-02-08, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
I prefer dominant foot back, and I ride goofy on a skateboard. I really dig this write up. Solid.
That's super interesting. I knew there were people who are different footed in different disciplines (like, they might kick a football with one foot dominant, and skate with the other). So it looks like it's that way with fixed gear stuff too.
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Old 03-02-08, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
That's super interesting. I knew there were people who are different footed in different disciplines (like, they might kick a football with one foot dominant, and skate with the other). So it looks like it's that way with fixed gear stuff too.
wait, I lied, I prefer dominant foot forward and just dont know what i'm talking about...ha. sorry.
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Old 03-02-08, 04:24 PM
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I have to say thank you for this explanation. I can finally get the rear wheel off the ground regularly in my stride. Now I just need to work on keeping that rear wheel locked and skidding.
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Old 03-02-08, 05:01 PM
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Actually you can skip/skid stop at like...4 mph too.
It really depends.
I have friends that took days to learn.
I learned in a matter of hours, from heckling friends and constant inspiration.
But yes, it was a GREAT feeling of realization, at how simple it is.
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Old 03-02-08, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by thanks View Post
i've found that whipping a skid out to the side is the fastest way to stop (sans brake). the more sideways your rear wheel goes the faster you stop. but you obviously cant do this in tight spaces (ie traffic) and it's hell on your tires.
What's your technique for throwing out the back? I've been trying to do it for a while now and I can't get it. I just wobble skid.
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Old 07-18-08, 07:09 AM
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What's your technique for throwing out the back? I've been trying to do it for a while now and I can't get it. I just wobble skid.
Carve into it
 
Old 07-18-08, 08:10 AM
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When I was a messenger here in NYC like 12 years ago & went from ss to fg I learned to skip/skid the easiest after it had rained & the ground was wet. For those learning, I would say try wet/sandy asphalt.
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Old 07-18-08, 02:26 PM
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That just makes you a mutant.
Well then I guess I am a mutant too.
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Old 07-19-08, 04:05 PM
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Trial and error and that's it. I wish the best to you learning a good skid stop, your life may depend on it. =] My friend is so good at stopping it's like he has breaks or something but he is crazy mashing in SF like he owns the streets of downtown, I want to go riding right now, but I am faded haha. I am weak and I actually have a front break even though I have never used it JIC.


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Old 07-19-08, 06:24 PM
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The first time I skipped I didn't even know I was doing it and got sort of freaked out, because I didn't think it was possible with my gear ratio. It just came from resisting really hard. Now that I'm a bit more comfortable with the feeling it's no big deal.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:41 PM
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Vagina on the stem.
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Old 07-20-08, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ADSR View Post
The first time I skipped I didn't even know I was doing it and got sort of freaked out, because I didn't think it was possible with my gear ratio. It just came from resisting really hard. Now that I'm a bit more comfortable with the feeling it's no big deal.
what ratio are you riding?

...if i may know...
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Old 07-20-08, 07:53 PM
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I learned how to skid stop using a 42/17 ratio, and it's no easier than doing it with a 48/16 ( what i ride now. ) The best advice I've ever given the kids I know who I've taught is just to let go of the fear pull that stem into your gooch, lift up on your weak leg, and push with your dominant. Which is pretty much what you just said, so I'm parroting you :3 sorry

Also, try it on slick surfaces like wet pavement, and to be perfectly honest, GRASS
Once you get the feel / general idea of what a skid stop feels like, you'll pretty much be set.
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Old 07-21-08, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by sailstosea View Post
I learned how to skid stop using a 42/17 ratio, and it's no easier than doing it with a 48/16
you must have weak legs.
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Old 05-28-15, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
This is wrong, I think. Once your tire has broken traction with the road it's lost most of its stopping power. Most of your power in a skid comes from the point just before the tire loses traction. So, other things being equal a series of skips will be better for slowing down in a hurry than a straight skid over the same distance. It's basically a very low tech version of ABS. Of course, adding a front brake makes a much bigger difference.

Disclaimer: I'm not a real bike physics nerd, I just play one on bikeforums... someone may correct or add to what I've said here.
thinkin u can stop on a dime with technique + monster skids will get u injured real quick. the best you can do is a reflex whip into a change of direction.

u gotta ride smart to ride with no brakes. thats all there is to it.
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Old 05-29-15, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by sickz View Post
thinkin u can stop on a dime with technique + monster skids will get u injured real quick. the best you can do is a reflex whip into a change of direction.

u gotta ride smart to ride with no brakes. thats all there is to it.
Seven years.
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Old 05-29-15, 10:47 AM
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This is dumb.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Seven years.
I feel like a mod did something wacky where they moved someone else's bump to a new thread but this thread stayed on the front page. I don't think it was @sickz fault.
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Old 05-29-15, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
I feel like a mod did something wacky where they moved someone else's bump to a new thread but this thread stayed on the front page. I don't think it was @sickz fault.
Weird.
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Old 05-29-15, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
I feel like a mod did something wacky where they moved someone else's bump to a new thread but this thread stayed on the front page. I don't think it was @sickz fault.
^^^yeah, that. Just got strange all of a sudden!
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Old 05-29-15, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
^^^yeah, that. Just got strange all of a sudden!
One might say "sickz" even!
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Old 05-29-15, 07:35 PM
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hey hey hey... it dawned on me that my previous advice is a bit inaccurate. allow me to revise that:

the quickest way to stop while skidding is seated, with as much weight over the rear wheel as possible.
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