5 Carpark Tricks To Impress Your Mates | E Bike Skills


(dreamy music) – Oh! The carpark is a great place to warm up before you hit the trails and
practice some of those skills. It’s also a great area
to impress your mates in whilst they eat their lunch or faff about before they hit the trails. So today, I’ll be showing you a few carpark skills to master. (beeping) (dreamy music) One of my favorite crowd-pleasers is the backwards bar ride. Now this involves sitting
on your handlebars, backwards, whilst riding
your e-bike forwards. Now I suggest you definitely
don’t use turbo for this one. You want trail or maybe even eco, because you don’t want to be
losing control of that bike. A nice medium gear on the bike. Simply sit, swing a leg over your bike, place your bum on the stem. Now you got to feel your
handlebars backwards. Now I suggest just using
your rear brake only because if you go
grabbing that front brake whilst you’re sat on the handlebars, instant endo, and it’s
going to be backwards and it’s definitely not
going to be a lot of fun. So rear brake only. Get on to your stem, get
your good foot forward, let the brake go whilst
pushing down on the cranks. Now just look over your shoulder, turn the cranks and balance! Easy as that. Now if you want to spice things up, you can get a good hold with your bum, take your hands off! For the ultimate show off. Ah! (dreamy music) Next up, the carpark classic, the endo. Now the endo’s a pretty simple maneuver to do on your e-bike. You can build this one
up in tiny little steps from this big all the way up to those huge endos
that you see guys doing in the magazines and videos. It’s really simple one to do. You come into it with fairly good speed, then you just need to
modulate the front brake and feel it where it’s got enough bite to lift the back wheel up. Just start really small with this one. Then you just accentuate
that movement more, more front brake, more back wheel lift and try and build it
up each one as you go. Real good tip for you on the endo is to hold on to that
front brake at all times. If you let the brake go
when you’re in the endo it’s going to let the bike
come down with quite a bang. Or if you’re right up
in that balanced point and you let go of the front brake, your front wheel’s going
to go underneath you and dump you straight on your face. Not a good look in the carpark. Then if you got your endo dialed then you can add a bit of variation to it. Now this one is really
good out on the trails to get you round some
steep switch-back turns in order to help maneuver
that back wheel around. So this is the 180 endo. So essentially it’s the same
technique to start with. So you’re coming in, bit
of front brake to lift that front wheel, but you
apply a little tiny bit of opposite lock to the
way you want to spin then flick your hips, flick your shoulders and turn your head into the desired way you want the bike to spin. Again, just build this one up turn by turn and try to work the full 180 up. Now the endo fun doesn’t
need to finish there. The 180 endo, out on the
trail is a load of use but this one is definitely
going to earn you a few slices of cake at the coffee shop. This is the rock-walk. So it’s a 180 endo into
a back wheel pivot, meaning that you and the
bike are going to spin a whole 360 degrees. Definite cake winner, and a
definite skill to be learning. So for the rock-walk is exactly the same as the 180 endo. So you come in, grab the front brake, pivot on the back wheel. Now is the chance you need
to grab the back brake, you need to hold on to this hard. Soon as that back wheel touches, you need to spin again, look into the spin and hop the front wheel around whilst hopping the back wheel round and you should be able to complete that 180 final hop to a
massive round of applause from your mates in the carpark. They’re going to be
buying you a load of cake after this one. (dreamy music) Something else that’s a load of fun to do if you can find a slope in your carpark is the good old-fashioned fakie. If you don’t know what a fakie is, this involves rolling backwards on your e-bike for as far as you can go whilst pedaling backwards. You might need to look over your shoulder. This is a load of fun, definitely
will impress your mates. One thing I suggest if you
are doing this on your e-bike, just check what gear you’re in to make sure that the back wheel is going to spin back quite nicely because if you do it in
the extremes of your gear, either your easiest
gear or the hardest gear you could be prone to
snapping that neck off ’cause the chain guide won’t like it. Just check the gear
before you do the fakie. Here’s how we’re going to do it. So as you come into the fakie, you’ve got your gear selected, you just want to coast this
last little part of it. Look at your desired spot, pull the front brake. Do a little endo just to
make a little more energy in the bike. Hold onto that front brake,
working your weight backwards as it comes back to its wheels. Then you need to let off of the brakes then let the cranked revolution backwards whilst getting your weight kind of in the middle of the bike. Wait for it, just try
to keep your balance, you might want to look forward, some people like to look
over their shoulders, mix it up, see what works for you. And when you’re at that desired spot, you can even grab the back brake and turn and pivot out of it or you can simply just crank round, keep the wheel on the ground
and make it nice and smooth. Either way, it’s going to earn you a load of bonus style points. (dreamy music) Next up is the trial style back hop. Now this involves hopping the bike around just on the back wheel, just
like the trials riders do when you see them pogo-ing
around on their back wheel. Quite an advanced move to do on an e-bike. How we going to do it? Let’s take a look. So you’re going to need to
find yourself an uphill slope. It’s just going to make
it a little bit easier than trying to do it on the flat. You’re going to need
trail mode for this one as well as match with an
easy gear on the back. Then you just get on your bike, drive the bike down hard with the cranks and get it into that balance point. The balance point is really
important on this one. And you catch it on the back brake. Then it’s just a matter
of fact hopping down, adjusting your weight forward or back to stay on that sweet spot of the balance. If you find yourself dropping forward you need to hop back and
pull on the handlebars and drive forward with the cranks. If you find yourself going back, then just hold onto the back brake, just literally move your weight forward. It’s all about trying to
keep it in that sweet spot. (dreamy music) There’s nothing more impressive than seeing someone sailing along on the front wheel on that e-bike. The way you’re going to
do this is via a stoppie. Now this is a combination of speed, using your front brake, and getting into that front wheel balance point. It’s quite a dicey one so this is definitely for one of the
advanced maneuvers out there. How’re we going to do it? Let’s take a look. Location is definitely really important when it comes to learning the stoppie. You’re not going to be able
to do this on wet grass or slippy mud or out in the wood. Definitely need to find somewhere with a good run in so you got that speed and somewhere with a load of grit ’cause you need to pull
a load of front brake to get that bike on the front wheel. Also think about the surface. If things do go wrong,
is it going to hurt. Maybe wait til the
summer, get some dry grass on the go, that’s pretty good. Or try to learn it even on a slope is a really good way of
getting that modulation going. It’s all about getting
in that balance point on the front wheel and going along. So you come into it nice and fast. Pull the front brake
slowly til you feel it at a nice bite point and
transfer your weight forward into the balance point of the front wheel. Then you need to modulate that front brake just like you do in a manual just to try and keep you
in that balance point. Let it off if you find
yourself going too steep or if you don’t find
yourself going steep enough then you need to pull
harder on the front brake and transfer your weight forward. It’s a really fine
balance point on this one so take it easy. So that’s the stoppie down. If you want to put the cherry on the cake this is the one. This is the 180 stoppie. It’s a revert. Now this is a definite crowd pleaser. Going to have your
mates going pretty wild. So it involves coming in
like you do the stoppie, same kind of speed. But you come in to the
initial start of the stoppie, you press the front brake to bring it up into the balance point but as you’re going along you
kind of turn into the stoppie with your hips and your
shoulders and your head and let the bike come round into 180. Now, as the wheels meet the ground then it’s time to engage that
fakie like we learned earlier. Spin it backwards, turn
the bars, ride away. You’re going to have a
massive smile on your face, your mates are going to
be absolutely gobsmacked. So there you go. A load of fun and can simply be had even in the carpark
before you hit the trails. Let us know down in the comments box below about which tricks you’re working on or which ones impressed you the most. Love to hear from you guys. Give us a thumbs up if you enjoyed it. If you want to stick around
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