DamienC Posted June 8, 2016 Report Share Posted June 8, 2016 Hello, Question for the CSS coaches who are around...(or for anybody else of course !). When riding on the track, I follow what I learned at CSS: pressure on the peg with the toes from my outside leg, knee in the tank, nicely locking my position. This works well for me. But, looking at better riders than myself, and watching pro races, I noticed different things on the position. So here it goes: If you strictly lock your position with the "tip" of the knee, naturally, it's more difficult to hang off the bike more, as the upper leg will be more parallel to the line of the bike. Locking with the inside of the upper leg makes it easier, I guess. And when I watch very advanced/pro riders, when leaned, most of them have their knee actually a little up, not fully touching the tank, their upper leg in contact with the tank, and their foot is rather open, pointing a bit towards the outside, rather than putting pressure from the toes on the peg. This sort of makes sense to me, as it would be the same muscles used, should you use the knee or the upper leg...but to apply the same force on the tank, using the knee, that would require a stronger input from the upper leg than if it was the one in contact with the tank...not sure I am very clear ! Could simply be that I misunderstood the CSS advice on this particular point and that I am trying to keep the knee in the tank, while this is not strictly what I was taught. Or that better riders apply different techniques that are appropriate if you are of a much higher level rider/racer...or that their tanks are built differently for that...I don't know. But I was just wondering. Furthermore, for me, tall guy with long legs, most bikes make it difficult to nicely lock the knee itself in the tank, as there is not that much space ! I tried the new R1 recently, and it felt like the whole thing was not intended for locking the knee but rather the upper leg. Anyway, it was just an impression. Thanks for your feedback ! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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