I ride like a cholo…elbows out, side to side….

Ok kids here’s a little riding tip that I can’t seem to stress enough…ELBOWS OUT.

Here’s a perfect example of Art riding with his elbows out.
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This is applicable when you’re climbing up a hill.
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It works even better if you’re the driver of a tandem. You need the widest bars you can find and keep those elbows out for the best control position possible.
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If you don’t believe me, try it out yourself. The next time you’re out on your mountain bike, try keeping your elbows in as you descend a technical section. After you pick yourself up from your crash, go back up the hill and try it with your elbows out. You’ll feel the difference right away.

2 Replies to “I ride like a cholo…elbows out, side to side….”

  1. Those of us who actually started on full rigid bikes (or have gone back to full rigid bikes) learned this instinctively, because hitting a rock or root with your elbows straight (within easy distance of getting jarred into being locked out) can HURT!

    It’s those who have only ever ridden front-suspension-equipped bikes who are the worst offenders here.

  2. So right Matt. I pick this up while I raced MX back in the day.
    Elbows out knees bent, center riding position. “Attack stance”.

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