Well now that we had a nice day here in NYC… I figured it was about time to take out my new Airfoil Coker… and abuse the bad boy!
After plowing up an assortment of stairways (3-stair and 4-stair) and hitting some natural rolling trials lines (riding up and over some boulders), I decided to try some drops.
The 1-foot and 2-foot drops onto a flat surface went flawlessly, but the 3-foot drop onto a flat surface didn’t go quite as well!
I don’t have too much experience with drops, but I read a few previous threads to get some advice… and I did try and get my pedals into a level position. I had also repositioned my feet on the pedals so that the middle of my feet were on the pedals, because I often ride with the front of me feet on the pedals (when not doing anything that might jam my ankles).
I landed the drop and rode away fom it ok… but the problem was that I definitely bent something - I think my axle, most likely… and I still jammed my ankles a bit despite repositioning my feet on the pedals.
When I landed, I came to a momentary stall before riding away. Should I have ridden off the ledge with more speed so that I could have rolled more easily upon landing? Also how far back do you position your feet on the pedals when doing drops… should I essentially have my heels on the pedals? Or perhaps I didn’t bend my knees enough upon landing to help absorb the impact.
Any advice about technique for drops and/or if it is my axle that most likely bent (because the pedals and hub seem ok and the cranks look straight) is most appreciated. Thanks!
On a side note… my Coker hopping is coming along - I hopped up a small (4-stair) stairway for my first time today.