How to Ride a Log Rollover

This skill is used rolling over a pile of logs.   The face of the log pile can either be a small ramp made of logs or dirt.

This is a low-speed skill and differs from riding over a log (when no log ramp exists) or jumping a log (high-speed skill). In this skill, our intent is to keep our wheels on the ground (or the logs in this case) by soaking up the logs and smoothly rolling over them.


 Step 1 | Approach


In a proper ready position approach at jogging speed with even weight on the pedals (results in level pedals in this case).  Look at the top of the logs as you approach.  Stay relaxed in your ready position (off the saddle, slightly crouched) with your center of gravity slightly rear.

Step 2 | Transition Up


If the log over has a log pile at the front, be sure to lighten the front wheel transition up the rise of the small logs  (slight lift of the bars, but keep the front wheel on the ground).  Bring the handlebars towards your chest.  If the log over has a dirt ramp leading up to it, this isn’t required (just roll up it).

Step 3 | Inspect


As you reach the top of the log pile bring your weight forward so you can see what’s on the other side of the big log.  This is your chance to bail-out if you choose not to ride over the logs.    If you choose to bail out, apply your brakes and put a foot down.

Step 4 | Explode


At the exact moment your front wheel starts to roll over the top log, EXPLODE your handlebars down and forward.   This quick explosion will push the front wheel forward and down the back side of the log over while simultaneously bringing your weight back.  This explosion ensures your wheels evenly weighted as your transition down the back side of the log over.  As you push your arms forward the seat will come forward under your belly.

Keep your arms extended, un-weighting the handlebar to limit compression and to maximize a smooth front wheel roll out from the logs.

Step 5 | Roll Out


As your rear wheel transitions down the backside, bring your weight forward in order to maintain even weight on your both wheels.   If you stay in the aft (exploded) position, the bike is likely to loop over backwards – or you may keep the front wheel down, but will have drastically diminished directional control.

Keep your head up — look ahead.



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