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If I can ride down something should I also be able to ride up it?

hebe2011-01-31 17:21:57 +0000 #1
Not huge fast hills, but things llike curbs or 8-12"high sharp steep little slopes? I'm on a comfort bike. I'm fairly happy riding uneven things that point down, but often end up stopping when riding the other way. Any tips would be much appreciated, thank you.
softthings2011-01-31 17:30:33 +0000 #2
you would need a bit of bike handling skills to get it back up. like, you might need to bunny hop or pull up the front end of the bike. are comfort bikes heavy?
hebe2011-01-31 17:47:09 +0000 #3
Mine is heavy, not helped by rack and full fenders.

I guess this might be something that will have to wait until I buy a mountain bike.
limewave2011-01-31 18:11:17 +0000 #4
Comfort bikes can be very heavy, but a lot of them also have suspension. The suspension can handle a curb (at least I found it could). Just pull-up on the handle bars when you hit and make sure to pedal through it. You don't need to be going fast, if you need to slow down, that's fine, but when you approach, pedal over the obstacle--the traction from the rear tire will help power the bike over the curb.
Irulan2011-01-31 18:21:48 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by limewave

Comfort bikes can be very heavy, but a lot of them also have suspension. The suspension can handle a curb (at least I found it could). Just pull-up on the handle bars when you hit and make sure to pedal through it. You don't need to be going fast, if you need to slow down, that's fine, but when you approach, pedal over the obstacle--the traction from the rear tire will help power the bike over the curb.

It will help if you are not in the saddle. Pedals level ( 3/9) legs extended a bit - this will help the bike absorb the bump. Plenty of people rode rigids before suspension was invented. So, it's more the rider than the bike.
hebe2011-01-31 18:08:18 +0000 #6
Yes, I have front suspension and a suspension seat post. I'll try pulling up on the handlebars and standing level on the pedals. Thank you!

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