How to Ride Over a Log Pile

Let’s talk about that pesky pile of logs in the middle of the trail. How exactly do you ride over this (with the intent of keeping wheels on the ground), and avoid getting bucked or totally loosing your momentum?  The answer – by “soaking up” the logs, you can keep it smooth AND maintain your momentum as you continue down the trail. Following these 5 easy steps to ride over a log pile….

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 Step 1 | Approach

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Approach the log pile in a proper ready position at jogging speed with even weight on the pedals (results in level pedals in this case).  Look at the top of the logs as you approach.  Stay relaxed in your ready position (off the saddle, slightly crouched) with your center of gravity slightly rear.

Step 2 | Transition Up

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If the log-over has a log pile at the front, be sure to lighten the front wheel transition up the rise of the small logs  (slight lift of the bars, but keep the front wheel on the ground).  Bring the handlebars towards your chest.  If the log over has a dirt ramp leading up to it, this isn’t required (just roll up it).

Step 3 | Inspect

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As you reach the top of the log pile bring your weight forward so you can see what’s on the other side of the log pile.  This is your chance to bail-out if you choose not to ride over the logs.    If you choose to bail out, apply your brakes and put a foot down.

Step 4 | Explode

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At the exact moment your front wheel starts to roll over the top of the log pile, EXPLODE your handlebars down and forward.   This quick explosion will push the front wheel forward and down the back side of the logs while simultaneously bringing your weight back.  This explosion ensures your wheels are evenly weighted as your transition down the back side of the logs.  As you push your arms forward the seat will come forward under your belly.

Keep your arms extended, un-weighting the handlebar to limit compression and to maximize a smooth front wheel roll out from the logs.

Step 5 | Roll Out

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As your rear wheel transitions down the backside, bring your weight forward in order to maintain even weight on both wheels.   If you stay in the aft (exploded) position, the bike is likely to loop over backwards – or you may keep the front wheel down, but will have drastically diminished directional control.

Keep your head up — look ahead.

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One Thought on “How to Ride Over a Log Pile

  1. Gail Shafer on May 5, 2021 at 1:26 pm said:

    Los Gatos!

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