Practiced my wheelie drop a little last night during my ride, including on the infamous rock that Jeff witnessed a few years back. I think I'm getting the hang of it...
When I first started getting consistent at wheelie drops and then venturing into elevated Skinnies I ran into a small problem. The 2 or 3 gear combos that I hade down for wheelie drops were not the gear combos I like for riding skinnies. This resulted and a badley failed bail attempt from an elevated log ride at Vietnam that saw me landing on my face. I was lucky enough to be wearing a full face helmet that day, but it still hurt pretty good. From that day on I worked on both my wheelie drops and skinnies to make sure my proffered gear ratios for each matched up so that when ever I am on an elevated log ride I KNOW that I will have no issues pulling an emergency wheelie drop.
What are you preferred gear ratios for each? Seems weird to be that different. I run a 32 up front and prefer to wheelie drop from anywhere between the 2nd biggest and 4th out back. And those are also the rings I use for log skinnies. Actually I pretty much never use another other rings beyond those three useless I'm riding somewhere that is really fast or has really long and not very technical uphills.
I imagine that the speed at which you're traveling would have an impact on which gear works better for the pedal kick, wouldn't it? I guess that most skinnies are done relatively slowly though..
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