Tip: Use the left
/ right arrow keys
You’ll need to find a ledge that’s over a couple of bike lengths
long and smooth enough to grind. A little wax might help rougher ledges; skatepark ledges should already be good to go. Gauge the length of the ledge and how much speed you’ll need to make it to the end. You want to balance this, so not too fast. Hit the ledge around the same speed you’d need to feeble the length of it.
Approach the ledge almost parallel; as you hop, pull the back end up beneath you, keeping the front wheel just above level. You’re not going to tuck this up like you would in a normal hop.
You want to get the peg on the ledge as smoothly as possible, don’t slam the peg down into the ledge. It’ll slow you down and eventually damage the surface. Your rear peg needs to glide onto it, trying to make sure it lands as level as possible.
Your weight needs to be exactly over the ledge. Lean too far in
or out and you’ll come off. The balance position of an icepick is similar to that of a manual, but not exactly the same point. It’ll take time to work out exactly where it is, much like it does in a manual across flat ground. This frame shows a good place to be aiming for when balancing. The knees bent, weight level and over the back wheel, with the arms trying to lock that front end in a consistent height throughout the grind.