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going over bumps

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by inspiration_is_cultivated, 25 Jun 2008.

  1. inspiration_is_cultivated

    inspiration_is_cultivated New Member

    Location:
    Malta
    A silly rant of mine...

    How do you guys ride over bumps? Do you have a dominant leg on which you shift your body weight, or do you put your legs level?

    I usually use my right leg, and Maltese roads being what they are (i.e. bumpy being an understatement) made my right thigh slightly bigger than the left one lol.. might start using my left leg more for compensation.
     
  2. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Bizarre! To answer your question - no. I rise out of the saddle slightly, but as to which is the 'dominant' leg, it's 50/50 - just depends where my legs happen to be at the time. You remind me, tho', of when I studied history at school - Factory Acts from the Victorian era - and how in certain towns, the nature of the machinery of the town industry - textiles, typically - meant that almost everyone in town had a left shoulder 4" lower than their right, or whatever. 'The machine of flesh chained to the machine of iron'. Karl Marx said that. (He used to be big in the early 20th Century, for younger readers.)
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    [quote name='swee'pea99']Karl Marx said that. (He used to be big in the early 20th Century, for younger readers.)[/QUOTE]
    Which one is he in this pic?
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  4. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    I have my legs at the 3 and 9o'clock positions and rise out of the saddle a bit for a small bump and almost stand upright for big bumps. It evens out the shock loading on my legs. If I had a dominant leg to stand on then it would take the brunt of the shock each and every time.
     
  5. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Accelerate and try to use the hump for lift off.

    Or, failing that, exactly as night train does.
     
  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    out of the saddle, using which ever leg was at the lowest point in relation to the bump
     
  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    And I bleeden hate road bumps, or sleeping policemen or whatever they are called... cursed things, no good for man or beast or machine or cyclist.
     
  8. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    There are a lot of pot holes and bumps here so I am out of the saddle a lot. The uneven cobbles on my road are hard work, fortunately the road is short.

    The lumps on the road I don't like are the massive dog deposits left in the cycle lane.
     
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Among other things in the cycle lanes.

    Broken Glass
    Cans
    Twigs & Branches
    Dead Pidgeons
    Dead Foxes
    Dead Cats
    Dead Rats
    Bits of cars
    Bits of bikes
    clothing...

    Ad infinitum
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    If on the fixie then there is no choice where to position your feet.
     
  11. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Hmmm - that never occurred to me (as one considering having a go at this fixie lark). Is that something that causes problems, or do you just get used to it, or what?
     
  12. OP
    OP
    inspiration_is_cultivated

    inspiration_is_cultivated New Member

    Location:
    Malta
    here's another one: speed bumps. Blimmin' things..
     
  13. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I normally just keep pedalling.
     
  14. Moonlight

    Moonlight New Member

    Maz, I believe hes the 3rd from left. Karl Marx has to be one of my favourite thinkers. Although I didn't know you could apply his hypotheses to cycling!
     
  15. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I just go over them. I go around the ones i can go around. The ones i cant i slow down if its a bad bump, stand up with my pedals on the 3 and 9 postition and go over. The less harsh ones i go over them pedaling, sometimes sitting down:eek: or i time it so when i push down i lift off the seat.