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Riding backwards is one of the EASIEST tricks to learn in freestyle and usually takes less
than a few hours if you are practicing hard. There are many ways to ride into riding
backwards and I will go with what I think is easiest and let you pick your own way from
- Traveling at a medium speed, lift your right foot off of the pedal. You will now
be riding with only your left foot on the pedal and, of course, the left pedal will be
down. Now the HARD part... switch feet on the left pedal and have your right
foot be facing backwards on the left pedal. This is easiest to do by putting most of
your weight on your hands and arms for a moment and hopping from your left foot to your
right foot with your right foot landing backwards.
- Once you have switched feet and are still rolling at a decent speed it is time to turn
around. Lean your left hip against the center of the handlebars- twisting your body
around backwards as much as you can. You still haven't let go of the grips so you
should be steering the whole time you do this. Once your hip and half your butt is
against the handlebars and you are comfortable SWITCH HANDS on the handlebars. This
is not as tough as it sounds because...
- LEARN TO RIDE BACKWARDS FIRST!-
Riding in and out of riding backwards is the hardest part of the trick. Riding
backwards itself is just like riding forwards, except you steer differently. You
already know how to balance from riding a bike for so many years! While your butt is
up against the handlebars, and your pedals are set so one of them is halfway up, put your
weight onto the pedal to get some speed and lift your other foot to the other pedal.
SIT DOWN! Pedal. No weight should be on your hands, they are just used to
steer. If you are on a slight hill it will help you keep your speed. This can
take anywhere from 1 to 10 hours to learn depending on natural ability to learn balance.
- Since you learned to ride backwards first and are now doing so your must now ride out.
Put your left foot (right pedal) down and as much weight on that foot as you can
without lifting yourself from the bars. Twist as far as you can to the left and then
SWITCH hands to their normal position. As soon as your hands are on the grips you
should be able to put some weight on your hands and twist yourself the rest of the way
around. Put your right foot on the right rear peg and swtich your left foot to the
left side and go back to the pedals.
That is it! You have just ridden into and out of riding backwards! Now try
to think of other ways to ride into and out of riding backwards. There are HUNDREDS
of ways to do it!
If you have a question about this trick please feel free to e-mail
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