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Shake Rattle n Roll

An 800m interpretive skills loop with a variety of challenges suitable for beginners with a harders skills area attached
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.497 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Shake, Rattle n Roll skills loop and adjacent skinny skills area, "The Siding" is the perfect place for beginners, families and... more »

Tips:  Stop and read all the signs to improve your skills. The text and photos from the signs are included in the POIs for this guide.

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Points of Interest

The Calamunnda Camel Farm provides free safe parking for mountain bikers as well as camel rides and a great cafe. The Shake Rattle n Roll trail starts from the back of their car park.

2. Neutral Body Position

Mountain biking requires fluid and dynamic balance on your bike. You need to move your weight and bike around to tackle the different terrain on the trail. However, you should have a balanced position to return to. This position is called the neutral body position, also sometimes referred to as the attack position.
This neutral body position is... More

3. Braking

Precision braking is the means to good speed and control on your bike. Excessive braking robs you of your speed and control, and causes serious trail damage. Anticipation is the key, keep looking ahead and brake well before the corner or obstacle. Use the one finger braking technique, this will give you better grip and cause less hand fatigue.... More

4. Cornering

Cornering is one of the most technical skills in mountain biking. Your control, skill and speed lies in the way you corner. When approaching a corner, keep looking ahead, set your speed and change your gears. Once you have entered the corner only focus on the exit point of the corner. When in the corner lean your bike and not your body. Put your... More

5. Climbing

Climbing requires you to shift your weight to maintain balance and control of your bike. When you feel your front wheel lifting you are losing this balancing point. Without balance and control you will not be able to steer and you will lose traction. As you climb you will need to move your weight forward on the bike, you do this by leaning forward... More

6. Step Downs

Sight the edge of the drop off, and approach in the neutral body position with your leading foot forward. As the front wheel goes over the edge, push the bike forward and move your weight back over the rear wheel. Don’t pull up on the bars, all movement must come from your feet and a downwards movement on takeoff. Keep your weight centred as you... More

7. Berms

Berms are banked turns and they allow you to carry more speed through a corner. They give you increased traction due to the G-forces of your speed and the large contact area of your tyres. The fundamental skills are the same as cornering. Check your speed and select your gear before the corner, look ahead and focus on the exit lines. You should... More

8. Lofting

This skill helps you deal with different obstacles like rocks, log rolls, step ups and steep ledges. By lofting your front wheel you will miss the steepest part of the obstacle and therefore carry more speed and use less energy. Select a gear that allows you to pull up the front wheel. Power into the pedal stroke with your leading foot, pull back ... More

9. The Siding

Practise your balance and low speed control in the skills area. There are several log ride features to try including the super tricky "Camel's Humps" and on epic 12.6m long skinny.