Just as there are basic rules for keyboard typing, there are also basics for getting on and off a cross bike, just as ski beginners practice the first standing movements over and over again. Since the riding posture is different from that of a light vehicle, it is important to consider it as a “different vehicle” and acquire the basics.
Cross bikes have a higher saddle than light bikes and run in a forward leaning position, so you must be careful not to lose your balance when you start or stop. However, it is also true that if you do this thoroughly, the fear of riding a cross bike will be largely eliminated. Practice this series of movements in a safe place and let your body remember it.
Basic way to ride and get off the cross bike
Kick up your leg behind and straddle
Stand on the left side of the bicycle, apply the brakes firmly with both hands, and swing your legs up to straddle. If you have difficulty raising your legs, tilt your body to the side of your body.
Stand in the basic position
Basic home position. Relax your shoulders, place your hands on the handle and stand straight.
Place your foot conscious of the thumb ball
Place one foot on the pedal with the pedal slightly above horizontal. At this time, make sure that the thumb ball (the base of the big toe) is the center of the pedal.
Release the brake and step on
Release the brake and step on it, and the other foot also goes to the pedal. At the same time, put your butt on the saddle.
Run with the balance of power in mind
Don’t stretch your hands, don’t bend your back, and don’t sit in the saddle. Keep in mind the balance of force applied to the saddle and handlebars.
Decelerate with front and rear brakes
Use both front and rear brakes in a well-balanced manner to decelerate.
Land as soon as it stops
After slowing down firmly, as soon as you stop, lower your hips forward and land on one leg.
Swing up your legs and get off
From the same position as the home position at the start, swing your legs up and descend to the left. This is the basic operation.
Riding while running is dangerous!
We do not recommend riding the Kenken, which you often see, because there is a risk of losing balance when straddling the saddle.
Correct position of cross bike
Make sure the crank is straight from the saddle to the pedalHeelsPlace. At that time,Keep your knees extendedThe proper position is to align the saddle with.Also, the bicycle“Saddle” “Handle” “Pedal”Keep the balance at the three points. Sport bikes such as cross bikes take a slightly forward leaning posture to balance the weight on the steering wheel. That way, you don’t put too much weight on your saddle, your butt. Furthermore, by stepping on the pedal in this forward leaning posture, the load at three points can be balanced, and you can run a long distance efficiently. Be aware that your power is not biased to any of these three points.
“Sit in the saddle” “Put your hands” “Rounded back”These are typical examples of bad positions.The height of the saddle does not matchIs the main cause. For those who think that “riding a cross bike makes my hips hurt …”, reviewing the riding position may improve the load balance and eliminate the pain in the buttocks.
Get the hang of driving
When riding, place your thumb ball (the base of your big toe) on the pedals, not the arch. This allows power to be transmitted efficiently. In addition, consciously pulling up the muscles behind the thighs and buttocks will lead to more efficient pedaling.
Before the signal, stop pedaling and decelerate naturally. Taking advantage of inertia to rest your legs is also a technique for running easily. When crossing a step, lift your hips and be aware of using elbow and knee cushions to avoid impact.
If you can get a sense of being one with a bicycle like horseback riding and skiing, it will lead to the feeling of wanting to ride forever. First of all, you will be able to experience the fun of cross bikes more by learning the basic movements.
Source: Shimano Mind Switch
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