Wanted to get some bike time in for skills maintenance, but didn’t actually want to go for a ride, so I headed for the local school to… play.
Did more than my usual wheelie practice. Yes, I worked on wheelies, but I also spent some time practicing dismounts off the back, as well as wheelie-ing up and down curbs.
Related to riding up curbs, but not wheelies, once well over a decade ago, I was told that mountain bikes with front suspension were the bomb, because you could roll up curbs and the suspension would handle everything. A few years prior to that, on my fully rigid commuter “mountain” bike, I had attempted to hop up a curb at full speed, mistimed it, and ended up in a bush. I’d also never tried to do this before, and for some reason decided as I approached the curb that this was a good idea. But I suppose that’s not surprising given my track record. Anyway…
In addition to wheelie-ing up curbs, I decided to try simply riding up a curb and relying on my suspension plus keeping my weight not on top of my handlebars. And whaddaya know, the bike rolls right up. It’s easier if you give the pedals a punch to unweight the front, but not necessary.
Not that this is going to be a new thing for me. I quite like all the skills I’ve learned to get me over things without relying on wheel size and suspension. But it was nice to finally prove to myself that rolling into a curb wasn’t going to instantly throw me over the bars, provided I had my weight back.
Related to riding down curbs, and specifically wheelies, dropping off a curb in a wheelie is hooliganey fun.
Related to wheelies, but not curbs, I managed to draw a couple “whoa”s from small children on bikes. I’m pretty sure it’s not because my wheelies have gotten super awesome (though they did feel decent-for-me today), but I’ll count that as a win. Two wins!
Related to curbs, but not wheelies, I practiced riding skinnies by rolling on top of curbs for long stretches.
Related to neither curbs nor wheelies, I also practiced riding down stairs really slowly, so I could work on balance and technique instead of relying on momentum.
You know what we need around here? A bike park.