I'm trying something a little different today, coming at you with a photo sequence how-to. While riding a local Kentucky skatepark last weekend, Josh Suhre was nice enough to let me shoot him doing some Derek Duster grinds on a flat bar. Derek Duster's are a unique and cool trick and are a great way to step up your street game to the next level.
Now Derek Duster's are definitely on an advanced level. Remember, everyone starts somewhere, but after this simple four-step walk through with Josh Suhre, you'll be throwing these down at the skatepark in no time.
"I would suggest learning Derek Dusters on a low and flat rail (then work your way up to taller, steeper rails). I find this grind works best on narrow, square rails, because you can get a better feel for the balance point and are less inclined to slip off as you lock into the grind." Josh Suhre
Step 1: Approach with a medium speed, while staying close and parallel to the rail.
Step 2: Hop onto the rail as if you are doing a crooked grind, with your front wheel going over the rail, and your back peg and bottom bracket landing on the rail. Keep your front wheel close to the rail to avoid slipping off your back peg.
Step 3: The front end will quickly dip down and you will need to simultaneously lean back. Your bike is naturally going to pivot on the bottom bracket as your momentum carries you forward. Leaning back (while letting your front end dip down) will help distribute the weight onto your back peg and BB, and you will begin to feel locked-in to the grind.
Step 4: As you come off the rail, continue leaning back to level your bike out. Land smooth and roll away!
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