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  • Orrin
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    I've spoken to him a few times, and know guys who've spent a lot of time with him, and he is very modest. He's actually a very shy guy, and if it wasn't for the fact he likes riding his bike as much as he does, he would probably settle for a life well away from the spotlight.
    Thank you for confirming that my admiration for Danny MacAskill is not misplaced.

    Orrin

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  • RussZHC
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    by the time your hopping the front or rear wheel it means that your stand is already in trouble, all bikes have a head tube angle (mine is 71 degree's) This geometry factor is all that's really needed to keep your initial balance (once you first get into it and are seeking an equilibrium) as moving it from one side to the other has enough effect on your side CG to get yourself dialed in, then the increments become smaller, then become almost non-existent as your just about perfectly still, when Im in this mode I have my wheel way off to one side and my leg into the frame and the bike cocked and locked and Im standing not sitting.
    bold 1: or you are in the wrong spot to begin with (either by choice or by someone else's desires)

    bold 2: you better be IF you are involved in the trackstand's origin, on a velodrome, or you've already lost

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  • wierdscience
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    Yes Danny stupidity does hurt-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV3kL8-Ni48

    I'm glad he's not in my insurance pool.

    More stupid stunts-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFe3h...eature=related
    Last edited by wierdscience; 09-04-2011, 04:59 PM.

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  • psomero
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    Originally posted by TGTool
    I enjoyed the heck out of the video but I'm not sure it's all on the up and up. I notice that at some times he has to have a fixed drive, for instance to be able to back pedal and reverse, but other times it seems to freewheel since he can roll without peddling. I suppose you could make a freewheel lock but it just seems a little to facile to me to be real.


    i didn't see anything that'd necessitate a fixed rear cog. the fakie (backwards) wheelies are doable with a regular freewheel or cassette hub.

    in my prime (high school age) as a bmx ramp rider, i used to be able to do flyouts on a halfpipe and land in a fakie wheelie on the deck, roll it for 10-15 feet, then spin back into the ramp. all of that pedal pressure is hard on the knees and incredibly hard on your drivetrain, but it's totally doable...

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  • M_C
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    Danny Mac is a very talented rider.

    I've spoken to him a few times, and know guys who've spent a lot of time with him, and he is very modest. He's actually a very shy guy, and if it wasn't for the fact he likes riding his bike as much as he does, he would probably settle for a life well away from the spotlight.

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  • quadrod
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    Same guy i saw this video tonight.
    http://www.wimp.com/bikeskills/

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  • aostling
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    Now, two years after my OP, Danny MacAskill has somehow ramped up his skills to an even higher level. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShbC5yVqOdI.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by Wirecutter
    That's funny - I think we're "opposites" that way. When I would trackstand, I didn't "hop" the front or back wheel, and eventually I'd have to drop a foot or inch forward or backward a bit. It wasn't easy to do, but I could do it. I'm pretty sure I couldn't ever hold a pose like that long enough to get a photo. BTW, any chance the photographer is female?

    Riding backward on the handlebars, OTOH, is something I can do until I either run into something, run out of nerve, or get tired of craning my neck around from time to time to see where I'm going. When I learned it, it was like flipping a switch - at first I couldn't do it, then I could.

    Yup - your hardwiring allows you to do that, mine won't or at least if it would it sure does not come naturally.
    The photo was taken by a guy but that's why I probably made it down safely multiple runs --- That ridge was very technical and it also shook you up a little because there was blood on it.

    Trackstand tip; by the time your hopping the front or rear wheel it means that your stand is already in trouble, all bikes have a head tube angle (mine is 71 degree's) This geometry factor is all that's really needed to keep your initial balance (once you first get into it and are seeking an equilibrium) as moving it from one side to the other has enough effect on your side CG to get yourself dialed in, then the increments become smaller, then become almost non-existent as your just about perfectly still, when Im in this mode I have my wheel way off to one side and my leg into the frame and the bike cocked and locked and Im standing not sitting.
    Last edited by A.K. Boomer; 06-16-2009, 05:13 PM.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Damn George --- that's no small crash, glad your alright and remember to add a little more time on the clock to heal also... (its not just the years - its the mileage!)

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  • George Bulliss
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    I never was any good at tricks but did plenty of riding back when I lived in Jackson Hole. A few weeks back I had a painful reminder that those days are long gone.

    A washed out trail pitched me off my bike and face first into a large maple. I fractured my C2 but fortunately avoided any spinal chord damage. Still awful sore though. I also have a little added character on my face to remind me that I’m not as young as I used to be.

    George

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  • Wirecutter
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    Originally posted by A.K. Boomer
    IMHO Trackstands are much more easier than riding a bike backwards, I do have great balance, I can do a trackstand till I either have to go to the bathroom or eat, but I cant ride my bike backwards over 5 feet...


    This pic is as good as my balance gets, I was perched on two rock tops with front and rear and stayed there long enough to get a pic.
    That's funny - I think we're "opposites" that way. When I would trackstand, I didn't "hop" the front or back wheel, and eventually I'd have to drop a foot or inch forward or backward a bit. It wasn't easy to do, but I could do it. I'm pretty sure I couldn't ever hold a pose like that long enough to get a photo. BTW, any chance the photographer is female?

    Riding backward on the handlebars, OTOH, is something I can do until I either run into something, run out of nerve, or get tired of craning my neck around from time to time to see where I'm going. When I learned it, it was like flipping a switch - at first I couldn't do it, then I could.

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  • andy_b
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    i always wished i could do crap like that, but i have a hard enough time just keeping my balance standing on my own two feet.

    andy b.

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  • TGTool
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    Originally posted by speedy
    I didn't see it that way ....you old cynic . He is backpedaling to maintain balance and inertia.
    He is an impressive athlete. Here is a bit more

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdqL6tiEmV4&NR=1
    Okay,okay. Uncle! I'm convinced. Just so astonishing it's hard to swallow at first encounter.

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  • speedy
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    Originally posted by TGTool
    I enjoyed the heck out of the video but I'm not sure it's all on the up and up. I notice that at some times he has to have a fixed drive, for instance to be able to back pedal and reverse, but other times it seems to freewheel since he can roll without peddling. I suppose you could make a freewheel lock but it just seems a little to facile to me to be real.
    I didn't see it that way ....you old cynic . He is backpedaling to maintain balance and inertia.
    He is an impressive athlete. Here is a bit more

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdqL6tiEmV4&NR=1
    Last edited by speedy; 06-15-2009, 08:13 PM.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by Wirecutter
    When I was a bike messenger and at college, I did trackstands at traffic signals. Not easy for me, but if I can do it, it's not that difficult a skill for a trials biker. It's right down there with riding a bike backwards sitting on the handlebars.
    IMHO Trackstands are much more easier than riding a bike backwards, I do have great balance, I can do a trackstand till I either have to go to the bathroom or eat, but I cant ride my bike backwards over 5 feet...
    Perhaps this is when Nature allows us to attempt the extraordinary in order to fetch a mate. I know when my "immortality" interval ended, too - when I completely separated my shoulder in a bicycle accident at the age of 25. Until then, I had no idea so much pain was possible. Afterwards, I started getting more and more cautious.

    -M
    Iv been hurt more than once showing off to girls, from now on when Im around females and on my bike I see a little red safety flag waving.


    This pic is as good as my balance gets, I was perched on two rock tops with front and rear and stayed there long enough to get a pic.

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