Chad De Groot about Flatland (Baco7)
Q:"What is a flatland rider?"
Chad:"A flatland rider is a rider who rides on the flat land."
Besides rampriding, street and dirtjumping, flatland is a part of the
Tricks result from rolling on the front or rear wheel or from scuffing
one of the tires in different positions on the bike.
To actually ride flatland you only need a bike, a really _flat_ place and
yourself, of course.
The frame itself should not be to long and leave you enough free space
The steering tube usually has a really steep angle in order to make
Some people nowadays tend to use straight forks which again helps in doing
frontwheeltricks as well as it changes the behaviour of the steering in that
way, that the bars can be turned around without the wheelbase differing.
The bar itself usually has little sweep and a very low crossbrace. The
german rider Mike S. developed a combination of bar and stem which is completely
straight, thus giving the rider the same feeling forward and reverse. However,
the brake levers (if any, *grin*) change positions.
Flatlandpegs are relatively short and thick in order to offer good grip for
feet or hands.
Normally the saddle is way down the top tube(s) since having it in the way
all the time really can turn into a harrassment.
The flatland must-have is a freecoaster.
This special hub is necessary for many rearwheeltricks.
Many flatlandbikes use to have small chainwheels since those 43teeth
monsters can disturb even the smallest foot from doing great scuff-stuff.
Radial spokes look good! Note that it's _not_ the best and most durable way to
build a wheel.
The actual trend to ride without brakes (e.g. taking them physically off)
seems to push people to levels where no man has yet rolled a wheel on.
Though some tricks seem to be impossible using brakes, they are done without
them pretty clean by some guys.