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How To Dismount & Remount A Cyclo-cross Bike | CX Skills

How To Dismount & Remount A Cyclo-cross Bike | CX Skills

How to get on and off of
your bike has been discussed on GCN by many prominent riders. Now, like a good old recipe
from your grandmother, it’s passed down through the generations. I learned it a certain way. Maybe the Belgians
learned it a different way and their cookies taste
different than our cookies and for good reason. A lot of what I talk
about is going to be based on personal preference and
the way that you learned it. But today I’m going to teach
you guys about how I learned it and the way that I like to
get on and off the bike. (triumphant music) (beeping sound) (playful music) So the first thing that you
need to think about any time you’re at the cross track
is what gear will I be in? For whatever obstacle that
you come up to whether it’s a jump, or a gap, or
a barricade, a log, stairs? What gear am I going to be in? It’s a big thing that you
have to always think about anytime you’re at a cycle cross track. So why do you not want to be in a big gear when you get off the bike? Lets imagine that you’re flying
down some swooping downhill and then you’re going
to get off the barriers and then it kind of,
goes off and a little bit slightly uphill and you’re
in too big of a gear. What’s going to happen? You get the bike away from you and then you go to get back onto
it and it’s not going to be very efficient because I
can’t get the bike back up to speed without muscling it really hard. (lively music) Okay. So now that we know
what gear we’re going to be in and which, for this moment going so slow is going to be our easiest one, the next thing we need to
do is take our right leg and get it around the back of the bike. (upbeat music) Then you want to take your right hand and you want to put it
three quarters of the way down the top tube so that you’re set up. (upbeat music) Okay. So now the next thing
that you want to make sure that you do is you’ve got
these points of contact. Three points: left hand, left shifter right hand three quarters
of the way down the top tube and then you’ve got your
saddle right here on the seat. Okay. So we’ve gone through
so far thinking about what gear you need to be
in, you want to make sure that you get your leg
around the back of the bike, you want your three points of contact: left hand left shifter,
right hand three quarters of the way down the top tube, on your hip. You’re going to go out, you’re
going to pause the video, and you’re going to go
practice that right now! Then come back. (upbeat music) So when you’re coming into the barriers, you want to make sure that you
have your points of contact set up a long ways out. You don’t want to be
trying to do all that stuff right here in front of the barrier. That’s not going to end well. And then you want to make
sure that you get the bike nice and far away from you, okay? The last thing you want to do
is have this seat underneath your armpit with the pedals
all up in your knees. That’s not going to be good for anyone. You’re going to hurt yourself, you’re going to hit your
shins on your pedals, and you’re going to probably eat it. Next, we’re going to talk
about how to put the bike down. (exciting music) You want to have the
bike as far away from you as you possibly can and
then, once you put it down, it’s not a drop right? You want to make sure that
you do a nice landing. Like landing a plane, nice and gently. You want to put the bike down, then you want to take your right hand, you want to put it on
top of the right shifter, and then you want to count to five as you’re running with it. One, two, three, four, five. And then we’re going to
get back on the bike. (exciting music) You’ve got your bike, put it down, take your right hand and
put it on the right shifter, count up to five. Now you’ve got to push the eject button and you’ve got to get back on the bike. I’ve seen so many different
things happen over the years. Crow hops, bad style, the
bike goes down too fast, it’s bouncing, people
try to get back on, ugh! Yeah, no, don’t do that. You want to hit the inside of your leg like this, right here. Hamstring can take almost all the force. It’s a very strong muscle
so hit your hamstring and then as you’re going forward momentum you want to find your pedals and then pick your head up and look forward. The last thing you want to
be doing is looking down here while someone’s having a
problem in front of you and then you run into them. You want to have your head
up, looking where you are, and keep your momentum. (exciting music) Okay. So now we need to
tie everything together. Remember you want to
be in a super easy gear especially if you’re going to
be going at it at low speed. The next thing that you
want to do is make sure that you get your points
of contact set up. So the points of contact
are those three points: your left shifter, your right
hand three quarters of the way back on the top tube, and your hip. You want to make sure
that you get the bike way away from you. You want to set it down
gently, like an airplane. Hand goes on the right shifter. Now you’re running with
the bike, one, two, three. Then eject button. Hit that hamstring, look
down, find the pedals, and then immediately look up because you don’t want to run into anybody. (playful music) Riding with your bike
longhorn style, leg way back, arm off the front of the bars
as you get to the top tube like you’re trying out for a skating team in the Winter Olympics. No thank you. Here we’ve got the old dismount
while still holding the top tube to get your foot
around the back of the bike. This is bad for a ton of reasons. Mainly, it’s impossible to
control your bike like that and super dangerous. (lively music) Both hands on the shifters
trying to quickly get your hand on the top tube to pick
the bike up, no thank you. Stepping through, this one
is not great if you love your front teeth. Now I know a lot of you old
school riders out there love this technique, but at high
speed, the step-through man, listen, it might
be personal preference. I’m not mad at you, it’s just not the way that I would do it. I just wouldn’t do the step-through. It’s not a good look, especially if you love your front teeth. I like mine. (playful music) They’re going to light me up
in the comments for not talking about the drive side of the bike. I actually don’t know how to get off on the drive side of the bike. It’s so goofy to put the
bike on, like run with it with the derailer all up – I just, I can’t teach it. I can’t do it. (upbeat music) That is my recipe that I have developed over many many years. I’m pretty much a grandmother or a grandfather at this point. That’s my recipe. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you do, please give it a thumbs up, leave us a comment below, let me know what your
recipe is if you liked mine. If you’ve got your own, I’d love to hear what you guys do differently that I do. If you want to see other
great cycle cross videos, check them out right here and if you want to subscribe to GCN, please click right there.

98 comments on “How To Dismount & Remount A Cyclo-cross Bike | CX Skills

  1. Does Jeremy's recipe for success work for you? What do you struggle with the most? Which cyclo-cross skill would you like us to explain next?

  2. These CX tips videos are great. Ever since Emma’s videos I’ve been trying to get into CX myself so they are super helpful! Keep it up GCN!

  3. my biggest issue is the remount. I always seem to squash the family jewels, and after doing that a few times, I just don't remount "cyclocross style". I put my foot on the pedal and swing my leg over. It's slow, it sucks, and it is inefficient, but I don't squash my nuts that way.

  4. I've always done the step thru. Left leg comes off the pedal just as you step thru so that your right leg hits the ground first. (self taught)..(and yes, I'm old)

  5. Great lesson! A problem I continue to have is a powerful “eject” remount. I can clean the first steps but I’m not able to maintain strong forward momentum when remounting bike. Thoughts?

  6. To the interested beginners I say: don't get too anxious about the needed skill level to try CX racing. You can find beginner-friendly races (thanks to the Internet) and just attend, see how you like it. Once you think this kind of max-heart-rate-empty-yourself-in-60-minutes is something for you then practice the basics; they are really helpful.

  7. Jeremy – thanks for this! Last time I tried to remount, I hit myself in the cojones. Is my saddle too high? What's recommended CX saddle height relative to road?

  8. I Think there is to much cx and gravel on this channel. So could you make a gravel/cx Channel. It Will be Best for both the Road riders and cx riders

  9. I use the dismount with stepping through when dismounting at higher speed. It's like you dismount and you can carry the speed into running more smoothly. I use the 'normal' version of dismounting when I need to get quickly out of the bike at slower speed. It's quicker for me but when I dismount this way at higher speed, it's not that smooth for me to transit into running.

  10. I don't do CX but it doesn't stop me from watching and enjoying these great videos. I"m going to have to give CX a try one of these days. Looks fun.

  11. Good video…from my experience its good to practice remount at walking pace to begin with. If remounting a problem focus on rising up on toes of left leg for a little extra height and lead with your knee bringing it over the back of the saddle…as you get proficient you just speed up. key things are getting the technique right to start and then practice practice practice – maybe 20-30 remounts in a session – then building into small circuit as you get better..and somewhere out of the way if you're self conscious. Cheers Jeremy.

  12. If you have to do drive side exit, watch Laurens Sweeck. He is the only one I know who does it this way in the pros. I am not promoting this dismount just adding color to Jeremy's statement.

  13. The “step-through” was developed for toe clips and straps. It worked quite well with that setup. Since it takes a completely different movement to disengage from clipless pedals, it would be potentially dangerous as Jeremy pointed out.

  14. You know that autumn is well on its way when GCN puts out CX skill videos. Still great to watch though when the backyard is all rain and mud. Now to get a cross bike…

  15. "but at high speed, the step through… man, listen, it might be personal preference, I'm not mad at you. It's just not the way that I'd do it. I just wouldn't do the step through, it's not a good look." – JPOWS, my man hahaha

  16. JPow I’m offering a critique. You seem to have completely skipped over a very critical part and that’s disengaging the left foot and placing it down. As I was learning the cx dismount I found this part to be the most potentially disastrous part. I watched your vid over a few times but you never really talk about unclipping the left foot and placing it down before you try to do any running with your right leg. I know this is all muscle memory to you but to the person learning it could have helped to hear how you fully break away from the bike. Just my 2 cents. Glad you’re on GCN.

  17. Bicycle, motorcycle, horse, always get on/off from the left side. Who in the name of all that's holy get on/off from the wrong side?

  18. Here u go again talking about cookies !!😂😂 JP GLOBAL BAKING NETWORK COMING SOON 😂😂👏🏼👏🏼🤙🏼

  19. This particularly sad if you don’t have any green in your city or area to fall on. Because can’t have any damage on bike.

  20. Thought step though was ok, but I almost failed to detach my left shoe that one day and I have been working on an alternative, so thanks a lot.

  21. Annoying base beat music, terrible teaching style. You should teach from goals, not just tell people what to do. Tell them the goal, challenge them to solve achieving, while relating what is done by experienced practitioners. People copying is not how teaching is accomplished.

  22. Dismounted on the drive side for as long as i can remember, only chipped my teeth skateboarding so far, I don't think anyone i ride with has called it out till watching this video lol

  23. Why is the top tube so high on cx bikes? Riders like to crush their nuts on top of it? Ohhh got it, so that’s where the “cross” name must come from!

  24. I believe the 'step through' is a hold over from toe clips. Since you can only get your foot out of toe clips by moving it up and straight back, the body position in 'step through' facilitates this movement.

  25. Your recipe has helped a bunch thank you
    I have noticed when You bunny hop the barriers you always do it on the side of the course what’s the reason for that ? Is it just less traffic? Thanks keep up the great content love your energy and charisma

  26. It would be cool to see J. Pow. bring some past cyclo-cross racers on the show maybe like Jonathan Page! That was a good show the other week with legendary Sven Nys!

  27. I’m confused one of your bad habits is both hands on the shifters and then putting one hand on the top tube but isn’t that what you said to do?

  28. All good. Best method I've seen so far that suits me, cheers.
    I never was one for the step through, it just doesn't feel right

  29. I still stutter step my remounts in my 5th season of cross.

    I also hang onto both shifters before I dismount.

    I have sinned. I hope to correct the stutter step tho.

  30. You know you've been watching the channel for a long time when this is the third dismount remount video you've seen.

  31. On/Off from the left seems natural, but then I am from the UK. Mounting from the left you put your bike in the road then step over from the safe side. In a country that drives on the right, wouldn't it make sense to reverse this and mount from the right? Just curious.

  32. Jeremy, what are your thoughts on unclipping your left foot before swinging the right leg over, especially in conditions that may block pedals? Before I did that a few years ago, I came into some deep sand, swung my right leg over, discovered my left foot wouldn't release, and cartwheeled over in front of the event commentator! No harm done, except to ego!

  33. Don't know what it is, but I think this was Jeremy's best video so far. Really enjoyed it. Missed the full sequence at high speed tho but I'm sure there are enough clips of Jeremy out there doing exactly that. Keep rolling…!

  34. Yanks taking over,thought this was a UK site,sickening grovelling to the Yank market on this fucking channel,why not have a belgian guest or cant you idiots deal with anything but a Yank accent

  35. Am practicing this at the skills course here in town, this afternoon. Thanks for a great explanation and instruction Jeremy

  36. As a complete novice to CX no one ever talks about the pedal release and the tension settings on the pedal allowing the shoe to release?

  37. You missed one bad habit – hoisting yourself over the seat on the remount by planting your left foot on the pedal first. This was my technique for years before I finally corrected it this season…

  38. One tip I learnt was to glance at the cranks briefly just before remounting. It takes a fraction of a second to glance at the cranks and figure out which pedal is in front and at what angle. The cranks are unlikely to move just before remounting and you don’t need to look down. Takes a little practice but makes for a super quick pedal engagement.

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