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    Tight turns up and down narrow, steep foot bridge

    How can I safely make it up a foot bridge with a very short and steep climb at a ~90-degree righthand turn from a narrow trail? How do I balance speed control to make the turn and having enough oomph to make the climb? On the other end of the bridge is an equally short and steep descend with a sharp lefthand turn. How do I navigate that turn without running into the wall from under-turning or flipping over from over-turning? Thank you in advance for your advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAnovice View Post
    How can I safely make it up a foot bridge with a very short and steep climb at a ~90-degree righthand turn from a narrow trail? How do I balance speed control to make the turn and having enough oomph to make the climb? On the other end of the bridge is an equally short and steep descend with a sharp lefthand turn. How do I navigate that turn without running into the wall from under-turning or flipping over from over-turning? Thank you in advance for your advice!
    Sounds like the foot bridge was designed to make it difficult for cyclists.
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    watch a few Hans Rey videos, that'll get you going...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY-YihGNDkQ

    or Road bike Party
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    Don't forget Danny Mcaskill!

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    Set up some tight turns on a flat bit of pavement. Cones, cans, whatever.

    Then practice tight turns.

    Look where you want to go, not at what you want to avoid.
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    Get in the gear you want to be in for the climb.... BEFORE THE CLIMB!
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    Simple.

    Practice riding figure 8's. Make them as even and as tight as possible. Do this for hours. You know the kids that shoot basketball for hours on end trying to refine their shot a little? Same idea, but riding figure 8's.

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    Practicing track stands would help as well.

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    For the uphill end, you need a low enough gear so the "oomph" is irrelevant. Entry speed doesn't matter if you can ride up the slope from a standing start.

    On the downhill side, you need to practice making sharp turns at slow speed. It shouldn't be that hard. I don't know what you mean by "flipping over from over-turning."
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    I don't know what you mean by "flipping over from over-turning."
    Next ride try turning the wheel 90 degrees. that should give you a pretty good idea what he means by flipping form over-turning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    Next ride try turning the wheel 90 degrees. that should give you a pretty good idea what he means by flipping form over-turning.
    a) I think it's impossible to actually do that while a bike is moving

    b) why the hell would anyone who knows how to ride a bike ever do that?

    Anyway, I think he'll figure it out with a little practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    a) I think it's impossible to actually do that while a bike is moving
    b) why the hell would anyone who knows how to ride a bike ever do that?

    a. That's why I used the word; try.
    b. I told you why; "that should give you a pretty good idea what he means by flipping form over-turning." (typo, from not form)
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    Here's a solution that's guaranteed to work: Get off your bike, and walk it.
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    Thank you to everyone for jumping in and for the suggestions on practicing turns, figure 8s and going uphill on low gear. When I took an REI class this summer, which included a climb, I was taught to head into the climb with a lot of momentum, in addition to a low enough gear. Granted, it was a longer hill, I couldn't make it up all the way without starting the ascend with some speed and fishtailing. That made me wonder how I'd balance slowing for the narrow turn but having enough speed going uphill. Thanks again, folks.

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    I think you're overthinking the class you took. Apply what you learned when it's the smart thing to do, and it's not always the smart thing to do.

    Road bikes are designed to turn at high(er) speeds. As a result they suffer from trying to handle in a phone booth (so to speak) unlike a lot of mountain bikes. Some turns just can't be made without having the room to 'swoop' around the turn.
    One way to make a turn that you don't have the space to make is to wheelie slightly and move the front wheel over in the air. That's only for really slow speed turns of course.

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    FWIW, ROAD bikes (this IS roadbikereview.com, after all...) are not really designed for this type of riding.
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