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How To Dismount & Remount A Cyclo-cross Bike | CX Skills


How to get on and off of
your bike has been discussed on GCN by many prominent riders. Now, like a good old recipe
from your grandmother, it’s passed down through the generations. I learned it a certain way. Maybe the Belgians
learned it a different way and their cookies taste
different than our cookies and for good reason. A lot of what I talk
about is going to be based on personal preference and
the way that you learned it. But today I’m going to teach
you guys about how I learned it and the way that I like to
get on and off the bike. (triumphant music) (beeping sound) (playful music) So the first thing that you
need to think about any time you’re at the cross track
is what gear will I be in? For whatever obstacle that
you come up to whether it’s a jump, or a gap, or
a barricade, a log, stairs? What gear am I going to be in? It’s a big thing that you
have to always think about anytime you’re at a cycle cross track. So why do you not want to be in a big gear when you get off the bike? Lets imagine that you’re flying
down some swooping downhill and then you’re going
to get off the barriers and then it kind of,
goes off and a little bit slightly uphill and you’re
in too big of a gear. What’s going to happen? You get the bike away from you and then you go to get back onto
it and it’s not going to be very efficient because I
can’t get the bike back up to speed without muscling it really hard. (lively music) Okay. So now that we know
what gear we’re going to be in and which, for this moment going so slow is going to be our easiest one, the next thing we need to
do is take our right leg and get it around the back of the bike. (upbeat music) Then you want to take your right hand and you want to put it
three quarters of the way down the top tube so that you’re set up. (upbeat music) Okay. So now the next thing
that you want to make sure that you do is you’ve got
these points of contact. Three points: left hand, left shifter right hand three quarters
of the way down the top tube and then you’ve got your
saddle right here on the seat. Okay. So we’ve gone through
so far thinking about what gear you need to be
in, you want to make sure that you get your leg
around the back of the bike, you want your three points of contact: left hand left shifter,
right hand three quarters of the way down the top tube, on your hip. You’re going to go out, you’re
going to pause the video, and you’re going to go
practice that right now! Then come back. (upbeat music) So when you’re coming into the barriers, you want to make sure that you
have your points of contact set up a long ways out. You don’t want to be
trying to do all that stuff right here in front of the barrier. That’s not going to end well. And then you want to make
sure that you get the bike nice and far away from you, okay? The last thing you want to do
is have this seat underneath your armpit with the pedals
all up in your knees. That’s not going to be good for anyone. You’re going to hurt yourself, you’re going to hit your
shins on your pedals, and you’re going to probably eat it. Next, we’re going to talk
about how to put the bike down. (exciting music) You want to have the
bike as far away from you as you possibly can and
then, once you put it down, it’s not a drop right? You want to make sure that
you do a nice landing. Like landing a plane, nice and gently. You want to put the bike down, then you want to take your right hand, you want to put it on
top of the right shifter, and then you want to count to five as you’re running with it. One, two, three, four, five. And then we’re going to
get back on the bike. (exciting music) You’ve got your bike, put it down, take your right hand and
put it on the right shifter, count up to five. Now you’ve got to push the eject button and you’ve got to get back on the bike. I’ve seen so many different
things happen over the years. Crow hops, bad style, the
bike goes down too fast, it’s bouncing, people
try to get back on, ugh! Yeah, no, don’t do that. You want to hit the inside of your leg like this, right here. Hamstring can take almost all the force. It’s a very strong muscle
so hit your hamstring and then as you’re going forward momentum you want to find your pedals and then pick your head up and look forward. The last thing you want to
be doing is looking down here while someone’s having a
problem in front of you and then you run into them. You want to have your head
up, looking where you are, and keep your momentum. (exciting music) Okay. So now we need to
tie everything together. Remember you want to
be in a super easy gear especially if you’re going to
be going at it at low speed. The next thing that you
want to do is make sure that you get your points
of contact set up. So the points of contact
are those three points: your left shifter, your right
hand three quarters of the way back on the top tube, and your hip. You want to make sure
that you get the bike way away from you. You want to set it down
gently, like an airplane. Hand goes on the right shifter. Now you’re running with
the bike, one, two, three. Then eject button. Hit that hamstring, look
down, find the pedals, and then immediately look up because you don’t want to run into anybody. (playful music) Riding with your bike
longhorn style, leg way back, arm off the front of the bars
as you get to the top tube like you’re trying out for a skating team in the Winter Olympics. No thank you. Here we’ve got the old dismount
while still holding the top tube to get your foot
around the back of the bike. This is bad for a ton of reasons. Mainly, it’s impossible to
control your bike like that and super dangerous. (lively music) Both hands on the shifters
trying to quickly get your hand on the top tube to pick
the bike up, no thank you. Stepping through, this one
is not great if you love your front teeth. Now I know a lot of you old
school riders out there love this technique, but at high
speed, the step-through man, listen, it might
be personal preference. I’m not mad at you, it’s just not the way that I would do it. I just wouldn’t do the step-through. It’s not a good look, especially if you love your front teeth. I like mine. (playful music) They’re going to light me up
in the comments for not talking about the drive side of the bike. I actually don’t know how to get off on the drive side of the bike. It’s so goofy to put the
bike on, like run with it with the derailer all up – I just, I can’t teach it. I can’t do it. (upbeat music) That is my recipe that I have developed over many many years. I’m pretty much a grandmother or a grandfather at this point. That’s my recipe. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you do, please give it a thumbs up, leave us a comment below, let me know what your
recipe is if you liked mine. If you’ve got your own, I’d love to hear what you guys do differently that I do. If you want to see other
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