How To Ride On Slopes

Gliding On slope is not the same thing as riding on a flat surface, It takes  much practise, technique and patience .

 

Practice gliding down gentle slopes. Walk the bike to the top of a slope, mount it, and glide down, allowing the bike to slow naturally in the flat area at the bottom. Dismount and repeat as necessary until you get used to balancing and controlling the bike.

  • Keep your weight focused in your feet. Stay pressed against the seat, keep your elbows bent, and your body relaxed.
  • When you are confident you can coast to the bottom, try riding down with your feet on the pedals.

Brake while gliding down hills. Once you have become comfortable keeping your feet on the pedals, try again, this time gently squeezing the brakes while descending. You’ll learn to slow the bike without swerving out of control or pitching over the handlebars.

Try steering. Once you can coast, pedal, and brake in a straight line, try going down the hill again. Move the handlebars until you change the direction of the bike without losing control. Feel how the slope changes the way the bike acts and adjust your balance to match it.

Pedal through the bottom of the slope. Use the techniques learned while gliding to pedal and steer without stopping at the bottom of the hill. Transition to the flatter surface while practicing sharper turns, then brake to a stop.

Pedal up the slope. From the flat bottom of the hill, start pedaling. The slope requires additional work. Lean forward into the pedaling or even stand up to gain extra power. Bike up and down the slope several times until you feel comfortable.

  • Once you feel confident, bike halfway up the slope, come to a stop, and start pedaling upwards again.

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