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Bike Drifting 101: How To Drift While Riding a Bike

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Bike Drifting 101: How To Drift While Riding a Bike

Bike drifting is a fun and easy-to-trick that just about anyone can do. Just like drifting with cars or trucks, bike drifting involves throwing the rear end of your bike around so that it skids the surface of the pavement. If you’re interested in performing this trick, keep reading and I’ll explain the exact steps necessary to perform a bike drift.

Bike drifting is a fun and easy-to-trick that just about anyone can do. Just like drifting with cars or trucks, bike drifting involves throwing the rear end of your bike around so that it skids the surface of the pavement. If you’re interested in performing this trick, keep reading and I’ll explain the exact steps necessary to perform a bike drift.

Where To Perform a Bike Drift

You’ll need to be on a concrete or pavement surface in order to perform a bike drift. I’ve seen a couple guys successfully perform it while mountain biking on the dirt, but it’s much harder and there’s a greater chance at falling off. I recommend practicing in your driveway to get the hang of it before you go venturing out onto the roads.

How To Perform a Bike Drift

Start by doing a few quick cycles with your feet to pick up speed. You can either do this on a flat surface or on a downwards hill. Once you’ve picked up a little speed, make either a left or right-hand turn as you normal would. Now stand up and lean your body slightly over the handlebars to change your center of gravity. Hit the brakes for your rear tire as hard as you can. If you performed it correctly, your rear tire should skid outwards in the direction you’re turning. Keep your body straight to remain in control of your bike during the skid. When you want to gain more speed, let go of the brakes and start peddling again.

Tips For Bike Drifting

Anytime you practice bike drifting or any other type of trick, be sure to wear a helmet. While this is a fairly safe and easy to perform trick, there’s still the possibility that you’ll fall off and eat some pavement during the skid. Wearing a helmet will help reduce the risk of any serious injury developing as a result from bike drifting. If you find yourself constantly falling off, wear some elbow and knee pads until you’ve got the hang of it.

Once you’ve got the basic principles of bike drifting down, try to turn in a full 180 degrees motion. When you’re able to do this, you can start drifting to turn yourself in the opposite direction. Anytime you want to go back the other way, just gain some speed, lock up your rear tire and throw your bike around in a 180 degree turn.



 

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