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    New front brake?

    Every time I go trail riding I have this issue. I mess up on a hill and start rolling backwards down nearly flipping over. I can't get to my rear brake without taking the fast way down, and the front brake never holds me in place. Not even long enough to lay the bike down safely. The brake shoes were replaced not long ago too. Any options?
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    Yep. Quickly grab the brakes like you are doing and then throw the bars over hard as you start to descend, steering into the hill, release the brakes a bit and lean hard into the hill. This will put you 90 degrees from your original route up the hill. Bring the bike up to perpendicular or near that while keeping your balance begin to steer toward the base of the hill, retracing your route. Ride the rear brake a bit to control your descent but avoid locking it up if you can. Viola. Rinse and repeat. It takes a bit of practice. Just find a gentle hill and practice it under mild conditions. It's easier to learn it this way than when you think you are about to die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Yep. Quickly grab the brakes like you are doing and then throw the bars over hard as you start to descend, steering into the hill, release the brakes a bit and lean hard into the hill. This will put you 90 degrees from your original route up the hill. Bring the bike up to perpendicular or near that while keeping your balance begin to steer toward the base of the hill, retracing your route. Ride the rear brake a bit to control your descent but avoid locking it up if you can. Viola. Rinse and repeat. It takes a bit of practice. Just find a gentle hill and practice it under mild conditions. It's easier to learn it this way than when you think you are about to die.
    Thanks for the tip! I'll try it next time
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    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed
    my head with oil; My cup overflows. (New American Standard Bible)

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    Good instructional video, and in the rain no less. Technique can get tricky if both wheels are deep in a rut, but bike can be slid backwards often until ruts lessen.
    Tcepilot, we assumed your front brake is grabbing strong enough so that tire is sliding. Correct? Or is front brake not capable of lock up? Irregardless the failed hillclimb is a scary difficult situation for all of us, you are not alone. I'll often try to use last of momentum to position bike for an easy turn around. I like if possible to turn off trail to my right so that right foot remains on brake and left foot braces against hillside as I come to stop hopefully somewhat perpendicular to slope. Then the above video's method is easy to initiate.
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    Here's another for the second half of the recovery.


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    Actually it doesn't always lock up all of the way.
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    my head with oil; My cup overflows. (New American Standard Bible)

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