Chris Carter will be at the Beginner Mountain Bike Ride at Sunvalley Choice Petroleum on Sunday to perform a demonstration of the heel drop technique out on the trails.
Chris Carter will be at the Beginner Mountain Bike Ride at Sunvalley Choice Petroleum on Sunday to perform a demonstration of the heel drop technique out on the trails. Contributed - Astro Visual

Valuable mountain biking technique improves control

HAVE you ever heard of the heel drop mountain biking technique before? No? Well, you're about to get a nice surprise.


The heel drop is a little known but highly valuable downhill mountain biking technique you can apply in particular mountain biking situations, to great effect.

Using the heel drop while aggressively braking, or even just rolling downhill, can instantly improve your bike control and centre of gravity, as well as enhance your slowing and stopping.

So how do you do it?

As the name suggests, simply drop your heels to turn the pedals at a slight angle.

With your heels now dropping your feet below parallel to the trail, your feet are less likely to rotate over and forward on the pedals to put you off balance.

And with angled pedals you now have something your feet can push against, too. 

All this gives you:

  • Better stability.  It's easier to keep your bodyweight centred or rearward to maintain your centre of gravity, without feeling like you're going to be spat over the bars on steep descents.
  • Better steering control.  By transferring pressure and bodyweight off the handlebars and back to the pedals, you can loosen your grip, relax on the bars and steer with more finesse and fluidity.
  • Better heavy braking control.  The heel drop helps keep weight on the rear wheel during deceleration, which improves front and rear wheel traction and braking effectiveness.

For the full tutorial visit http://bit.ly/heeldrop where you'll find a few other super tips to help you nail the heel drop just right.

I'll also be at the 8am Beginner Mountain Bike Ride at Sunvalley Choice Petroleum on Sunday to perform a demonstration of the heel drop out on the trails.

Last Sunday we had a record 16 riders, which was just fantastic.  Why not join us and make it 17?



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