Another enduro vlog from the gumbies at http://www.crosstrainingenduro.com After our training vid about body positioning, some viewers suggested it would be good to see it in action. Well, good luck with that. As gumbies we can show you how to do it badly. I’m on the Beta RR480, and Andrew on the Beta Xtrainer is our lab rat for today… which is appropriate as from certain angles he looks like a hamster and smells like one too after our rides.
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Standing position looks good. Andrew on the Beta Xtrainer has his lower legs vertical and his butt out to the rear. But his elbows should be higher to have more control and strength in his arms. This is a bad habit we all have, I do it all the time and find it very hard to change.
This toward the end of a ride. We are tired and both sitting more than normal. This is okay – watch the top riders at Romaniacs and they spend much of the four days sitting on their bikes to conserve energy.
Sitting is a good idea for tighter corners. Andrew on the Beta Xtrainer has his foot out near the front axle for balance and stability. His elbows are up, all good. But he should be sitting further forward, this anchors the front wheel more and makes it less likely the rear will slip out like this.
Andrew on the Beta Xtrainer uses a bump here to push him back into the standing position, a handy energy saving tip.
Excellent body positioning for a corner while standing. Lower legs still vertical, arse toward the rear of the bike, Andrew on the Beta Xtrainer has also swung his arse to the outside of the bike. His elbows should be higher though.
He’s tired so sitting here, at 55 years of age he’s entitled to stay in his lounge chair. Again he uses a bump to push him into the standing position again.
He still needs to be sitting forward here, but good to see that inside leg is out for balance on the Beta Xtrainer.
When your leg is out for balance, avoid having your boot flat on the ground like this. Angle it up so it doesn’t catch on obstacles as easily. I do this all the time and it’s going to hurt me badly one day.
You can see Andrew’s lower legs are bent forward here, instead of vertical. If you stand like this all the time, your muscles will be exhausted within seconds. This was only for a two seconds so not an issue here. But if you find standing very tiring, this is probably the problem.
Come on Andrew, get your nuts on the tank. It’s very stimulating, I hear.
Again, great body positioning for the corner while standing. Hang that arse to the outside!
Body positioning dramatically affects how you jump your bike. You can use your legs to absorb the impact of the bump. This reduces your amount of time in the air, you land faster and accelerate sooner. Or you can weight the bike just before taking off, and get more air time to clear obstacles on the other side.
Congratulations to Andrew, our resident test pilot and hamster. After a 25 year break from riding, he’s come an incredibly long way in the past year.