IENATSCH TUESDAY: Getting Sideways and Sliding Safely On Skidbike mistakes can be made large and small, but without the penalty of pain.

Via Cycle World: IENATSCH TUESDAY: Getting Sideways and Sliding Safely On Skidbike mistakes can be made large and small, but without the penalty of pain.

Nick Ienatsch on the SkidbikeRemote-controlled hydraulics lift and lower the front and back of the bike, removing and adding grip. A few clicks of the remote changes the bike from “hooked up” to “black ice covered in Vaseline.”

If you have ever attended a performance-driving school you probably slid around in a Skidcar. It’s usually a rear-drive car mounted on a four-wheeled platform that can raise and lower the car to simulate a loss of front or rear traction. Some schools set up figure-eight courses with cones you can knock down when you lose control; the instructor sits in the right seat and raises and lowers the car. It’s humbling, a riot, and you learn a lot. Read more...

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