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BACKING UP II

by SPEEDSLUG

Everyone with a garage full of junk, like mine has to do the same thing when it comes to taking out their bike. Back it out! Now whatever is working for you, great. If you have a reverse gear, even better.

But if walking backwards trying to balance 600 pounds of iron raises your anxiety level, give this a try and see how it works for you.

If you think about it, facing the direction you walk makes the most sense. So just how do we do that with a bike? Imagine the side of the tank where it meets the handle bar. Kind of forms a 'corner' if you will. Hold the left bar with the left hand and plant the left side of your hip into that corner formed where the tank meets the bar. Place your right hand somewhere on the seat. Yes, the seat. When the bike is balanced for moving it should leave a little pressure on your hip to let you know its there. If the pressure gets suddenly lighter, lean it back to keep the bike from falling away from you. Depending on the weight of your bike you may have to lean into it to counter balance the pressure on your left hip.

Now, we're finally facing the direction we want to go! No tripping or slipping or dog toys, papers, etc by walking backwards.

To get everything rolling out the door push on the what? The seat!

Push on the seat with the right hand. Look in the direction you're walking. Light pressure on your left side of the hip to keep the bike balanced. Your left hand doing the steering.

If the bike begins to fall away from you give the bars a sharp turn to the right. We're using counter-steering here to lean the bike back to the left side, towards you again.

Have a spotter help you out the first few times. In no time at all no bike will be too heavy to roll backwards with this technique.

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SPEEDSLUG is a frequent contributor to the Women Riders International (WRI) Forum and has generously allowed us to post his tips at here at RideMyOwn.com

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