any tips on leaning to glide?


Learn to wheel walk one-foot first. What point are you at? Where do you need help? Coaching via text works much better if the student describes the problem areas. Okay, you keep falling off. But what are you doing before that?

been trying to for months still can’t quite get it but i’m improving! tips practice makes perfect! :stuck_out_tongue:

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i also have problems gliding i can wheel walk about 5ft but i want to glide so badly i wanted to know were to but my feet eg both on the wheel/one on the frame with toe just on the wheel and other foot on the wheel how(this is for gliding)?also how far do you think i should be able to wheel walk before doing gliding?
and one more thing about gliding what is the best way to get your feet on eg ride one footed then go into it as have seen or just lift both feet at once???

i posted this about a month ago on a different gliding thread:

"hi there.

i’ve just about nailed gliding now, it takes loads of practise but it’s
so worth it when you’ve got it.

this is the order i learned to do things:

definetely learn one foot wheel walk first before you even try to glide.
the best way to learn one foot wheel walk is to lean back as far as
poissible and try to get into mini glides on each push (this will
prepare you for gliding itself).

once you’ve got a steady one foot whell walk (with mini glides) move
onto pull gliding (someone pulling you along whilst you glide). start
against a wall in gliding position, lean back, and get someone to pull
you along. i found this quite easy and it only took me one club meeting
to get it!

next you’re ready to start gliding! i found that going from one footed
riding to gliding was easiest at first; get really steady one footing
and then take your other foot off, place it on the tyre, and basically
hope for the best. you probably wont get very far at first but it just
gets better, but you have to practise.

when you feel more comfortable just go straite from riding, ride
smoothly then remove your gliding foot and place it on the tyre,
imedeately after place your other foot one the crown and you’re all

now all you need to do is put in the hours and you’ll have it nailed.

hope this helps and good luck with it!"

as for where to put your feet, one foot on the crown (toes so as not to interfere with the glide), and the other the ball of your foot should rest on the tyre, probably not on the crown as well but when i first started i had the gliding foot on the crown as well but now it just free floats on the tyre.


Also do a search here on “gliding.” There have been a lot of useful posts on this.

Some people have found that practicing gliding on a smooth slope helpful. This worked for me - it helps to develop control with the gliding foot. It will also burn a hole in your shoe quickly. However, you must be quite comfortable assuming the gliding position before trying this. I could glide 4-5 feet comfortably before I tried hills.

It’s important to find the perfect slope - not too steep, not too shallow. On a good hill, once you get into a groove and you feel comfortable, you can go for hundreds of feet. This kind of practice will improve your comfort level on flat ground.

One foot mini-glides are a good idea. Personally, I was a lot more comfortable with gliding once I became fluent with wheel walking. I put in many hours until I could wheel walk and one foot ww figure eights with relative ease. Then gliding didn’t seem so scary.

Once you get really comfortable, you can work on going straight into the gliding position from a fast riding position. This alone takes a lot of practice, but I’ve found that you need speed to get any distance on flat ground.

Lastly, as your technique develops, you will be able to control the tire in a very subtle way, applying and regulating only a very small amount of pressure on the tire. I wish there were a shortcut to that, but it took me a LONG time.