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How to Skid on a Fixed Gear Bike

By Edited Nov 4, 2016 1 10
Fixed Gear Skid
Skidding on a fixed gear bike is a challenge in itself, when you first start riding a fixie. In order to skid, you must practice a lot. The best places to start out skidding are usually underground parking garages, or any place with smooth pavement. Start off at a medium pace, not too slow, and not too fast. Get used to the pattern of the pedals, and find out which leg is your strongest. Use this leg to do the skid.

Step one: Start pedaling at a medium pace
Step two: Lean forward to displace weight over the front wheel
Step three: Your strong foot needs to be at the back pedal, when the pedals are parallel with the ground
Step four: Apply a lot of pressure on your back foot

You should skid a bit, be careful not to hurt your wrists in the process, it can get tedious and a fair bit painful if you are doing it non stop. Practice until you are able to skid, and then try to work skids into your regular riding.

There are many different types of skids you can do, like the regular skid, through the frame skid, over the handlebars, and other creative and insane variations. Skidding helps you stop on a fixed gear bike, due to most fixies being completely brakeless.

It is easy to skid, so don't give up on yourself. If you can't do it after day one, try again the next day. It takes time to learn, so if you don't want to dedicate a few hours a day to practice, you should stick to a regular road or mountain bike.
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Comments

Mar 29, 2009 11:49pm
criticalmass
Hey whats up.I was wondering where id be able to find a bike like the one that guys riding with the blue rims/spokes?
Mar 30, 2009 12:26am
greg
Ebay might have some, or any custom bike store. Lots are popping up due to the demand of fixies, now. Good luck!
Mar 30, 2009 6:20pm
criticalmass
Like can you give any names of a custom bike store?thanks by the way!
May 30, 2009 11:31pm
Jackblacksilver
I can do small skids on my fixie and can pretty much make it stop imediately but cant do long ones. Ive tried down hill and increasing my speed ect but still can only manage little skids. also when i go out to practise, one of my legs ends up killing after so i guess im kinda using the wrong technique. can any one provide som finer details on the technique of skidding? cheers.
Jun 30, 2009 10:56am
nathan
I think it helps if you pull up with the other foot.
Jun 30, 2009 10:59am
nathan
and also, it's easier on grass and even better, wet grass
Jun 30, 2009 10:59am
greg
make sure you lean forward over your handlebars for maximum leverage, this really helps your legs to lock up because your weight isn't over the pedals themselves.
Aug 2, 2009 10:17am
melv
i mainly pull up with my forward foot. shift weight in a fluid motion in time with the pedals just before they are in position to lock it up. i found that if i got the back wheel sideways a bit it was easier too. the way i learnt was to just take the brakes off. make sure you look ahead for any danger tho. also you learn to dodge things pretty well as well. ha
Nov 11, 2011 1:30pm
teaamawhh15
hey nice job explaining. i just have one question. does the weight of your fixie determine weither or not yu can wheelie? or keo spin? thanks
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