Getting your knee down for the first time

Five essential tips for your first knee down

By Alan Dowds

OKAY, it's all about the elbows these days, or so we hear from Da Kidz down the youth club. But it's fair to say that grinding your knee into the deck when you're cornering on a bike is still A Cool Thing. And I'm sure we can all remember our first time (A Honda Super Blackbird, on a big roundabout, some time late last century for me…)

How to do it though? Well, here's a few tips to get you on your way to a healthy (if expensive) kneeslider habit.

1: Kit

First up, make sure your gear is up to the job. Obviously, you need some kneesliders, almost always on a leather suit, one-piece or two-piece. Make sure the leathers aren't too tight, and that you can move about easily on the bike with them on.

You can buy 'wet' kneesliders, designed for racers riding in the rain. These are a fair bit thicker, so will get you a couple of cm closer to the holy grail. Cheating? We'll not tell anyone if you don't.

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