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I'm new to mountain biking -- sort of (rode trails constantly as a kid -- lonnnggg ago). I've been riding on local trails and having a blast - I have a question that may sound stupid, but I'll ask it anyway -- there's a lot of logs across the trails I'm riding, and some of them are on a straight-away and small enough that I can get some speed and get some air off of them, however some of them are large (18"+) in diameter with some smaller stuff stacked to kind of ramp up to it on either side, but they're right by a very sharp turn in the trail so there's no chance of jumping it - how do I get over it without getting off the bike and walking it over?
 

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A picture would be great, but....

if the ramp up to the log is smooth enough, ride it at a moderate speed then drop off the other side. You'll need to carry just enough speed to keep the front end of the bike up as the front wheel leaves the log, you don't want the front to land first or you're likely to endo. The ideal would be for both wheels to land at the same time, flat, or the rear wheel just slightly before the front. Not too much though or over backwards you go!

If the turn is too close to carry enough speed to drop the log, then a slower approach and a bunny hop of the end of the log would be in order. Bunny hopps can be done at much slower speeds and will set you up at the correct speed for the corner.

Both of the above though are assuming a ridable ramp right up to the log. From your description it's impossible to visualize exactly what you are talking about. There are also very low speed techniques that involve lifting the front of the bike over the log then pedaling the rear wheel over, or lifting the rear of the bike over with your legs (similar to a bunny hop). But they take quite a bit of practice. I would suggest setting up a similar obstical with old lumber, coffee cans and a wooden dowel or some other movable object and practicing in the backyard. Just remember, there's always more than one way to clean an obstical in the trail, it's a matter of which technique works for you. A picture would be nice though. We could probably give you some techniques (or at least one) that would be sure to work once mastered.

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I'll get some pics -- thanks for the help!!
 

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if you dont have a lot of speed then just lift your front wheel slightly and let your momentum carry you over as long as it doesnt have a big drop after. also you might have a problem with clearance if your riding an older bike
 

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The best thing to do if you are at a low speed is to put your dominant foot foward and kind of push down on the pedal as you lift the front of the bike up. Then as your momentum carries you continue to pedal as the back of the bike rolls over and shift your weight slightly foward and push the handle bars foward. when the bike beings to go over the other side shift your weight to the back again (its like a rocking motion). Then pedal away.
 

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pdm362 said:
The best thing to do if you are at a low speed is to put your dominant foot foward and kind of push down on the pedal as you lift the front of the bike up. Then as your momentum carries you continue to pedal as the back of the bike rolls over and shift your weight slightly foward and push the handle bars foward. when the bike beings to go over the other side shift your weight to the back again (its like a rocking motion). Then pedal away.
I really appreciate the input -- I'm just not sure I can roll over it without bottoming out my BB -- I'll take some pictures today and hopefully I can give you all a better idea of what I'm talking about -- maybe I just don't have the confidence yet to get over the big obstacles...
 

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Some obstacles are hard enough it will take a while to complete. If your chainrings will clear decides a lot about your options.
 

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well if you don't think you'll clear it, here's a nice tutorial I saw just the other day.. not that I can actually do it yet, but I've seen pics of a bunch of xc racers going over the log, most using a similar technique.

http://tuktok.com/loghop/

This is done on a 20" log

I've gone over one similar to that size, but it was built up on both sides and basically all you have to do is lift up the front wheel when going over and have enough momentum to make it over, and get your weight back on teh way down to keep from doing an endo.
 

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Bioteknik said:
well if you don't think you'll clear it, here's a nice tutorial I saw just the other day.. not that I can actually do it yet, but I've seen pics of a bunch of xc racers going over the log, most using a similar technique.

http://tuktok.com/loghop/

This is done on a 20" log

I've gone over one similar to that size, but it was built up on both sides and basically all you have to do is lift up the front wheel when going over and have enough momentum to make it over, and get your weight back on teh way down to keep from doing an endo.
Holy Crap!!! That's exactly what I need (that and a LOT of practice) -- My only concern is the very sharp turn immediately following the log -- Thanks a lot -- this really helps!!:thumbsup:
 

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Holy Crap!!! That's exactly what I need (that and a LOT of practice) -- My only concern is the very sharp turn immediately following the log -- Thanks a lot -- this really helps!!:thumbsup:
The turn after the log isn't so bad.

Here's a much bigger log that I also had some fun on:

Just keep practicing! :thumbsup:

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Drevil said:
The turn after the log isn't so bad.

Here's a much bigger log that I also had some fun on:

Just keep practicing! :thumbsup:

rickyd
great vid I was laughing my arse off at the beginning but those guys were pretty determined:rockon:
 
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