Drifting on four wheels can be easy if you are an expert. But, things can get difficult. If you want to do the same thing on two wheels, no matter how much experience you have. You can also get into trouble if someone challenges you to drive your bike without brakes.
To complete this task, you must gather courage. Because the slightest mistake can have serious consequences for you. May even need medical attention. But, if you are not concerned and wish to proceed with such risky steps.
Drifting – also known as skidding when you do it on a bike – is a technique. Where you approach a corner on your bike at high speed and move around the corner as the rear tire loses grip. To negotiate a corner. You should lean into the corner and shift your body weight forward as you negotiate it. Skidding on a bike takes practice. But once you get the hang of it. You can use the technique to improve your speed and slide down private downhill tracks with ease.
Method 1: Learn the basic moves:
1) Pedal quickly towards the turn:
The faster you get into a corner, the easier it will be to get the rear tire to skid. Driving downhill towards a corner can help you increase your speed.
Tip: Be aware that skidding can destroy the trails, especially wet ones. Avoid skidding on public trails. If you plan to ski, you can also volunteer with your local trail-building organization.
2) Once you arrive, lean in the direction of the turn:
Shift your body weight in the direction you are turning. So that your body and wheel form an angle of about 45 degrees from the ground. Keep leaning as you go around the corner of a turn.
For example, if you are turning left, lean your body to the left.
3) Shift your weight forward when going through a turn:
To shift your weight, lean forward over the handlebars. It will lighten the rear tire and allow it to slide off the ground. You should feel your rear tire slide out as you drive through the corner. If you need help releasing the tire, gentle apply the rear brake.
4) Extend the inner leg, so it floats slight above the ground:
Your inside leg is your leg closest to the inside corner of the turn. Keep your foot off the ground when going through the turn.
.) For example, if you turn right, your right leg will be your inside leg.
.) If you feel like you are losing control of your skid or your bike is spinning. Place your inside foot on the ground to stabilize yourself.
5) Once you have completed the turn, bring your body and bike back into an upright position:
It will help your rear tire regain traction after a skid. To straighten up on the bike, stop leaning into the turn and lift your body weight.
Method 2: Practice skidding:
1) Practice skidding at lower speeds first:
Skidding is easier when you’re going faster. But higher speed can increase your chances of a wipeout. On your first start, approach slow. Work on leaning into the turn and shifting your weight forward once the movements are down. Gradual increase the speed in turn.
2) Try skidding in a gravel parking lot before training on the trail:
Use cones or other markers to mark where you should turn in the parking lot. Then pedal towards that spot and get your rear tire to slide out as you go through the turn. Exercising in a parking lot is safer than exercising on the slopes. You don’t have to worry about damaging the trail.
Tip: Remember never to skid on a public trail, as it will destroy the trail for other users! Only slide on a trail if it is your own private trail.
3) Take wide, round turns when starting:
Thin, sharp turns give you less room for error and less time to skid, so they’re not the best to practice on. Look for round and wide turns, so you have more time to work on your form as you go around them.
4) Be persistent:
Skidding is an advanced cycling movement and can take a lot of practice to pull off. If you’re constant spinning or your rear tire won’t slide out. Try adjusting how much you lean and shift your weight forward. You can even ask someone to film you working out so you can see what your form looks like. Keep practising, and you’ll get there eventual!
Where can I drift?
Technical you can drift on any flat and level surface. If there is no obstacle on the ground and you have enough space in all directions, it is safe to drift. Because of this, it recommended that you do this on a solid surface. Drifting your bike on a dirt road can send you to the ground (never a good thing). So if you’re thinking of drifting, choose a paved area like a driveway or a closed parking lot.
How to drift on a bike:
First of all, you’ll want to do a few laps to build up your speed, it doesn’t have to be fast, but enough to have some momentum. Make a turn (left or right; it doesn’t matter) by turning the handlebars. Moving your body in the appropriate direction. It is where drifting comes in: press the brake lever on the rear tire while cornering to lock the tire. If done correct, this should cause the rear tire to skid in the same direction you are turning. Sorry if you expected more, but that’s all you need to drive your bike!
Who says drifting is for cars? You can also drift your bike – and most cyclists will agree that it’s pretty fun. It involves suspending the bike’s rear so the rear tire slides along the ground.