Creek and ditch crossings are fun, and about all the technical challenge we get around where I live. Thing is, they’re all unique and require a slightly different approach. So you have to adjust for each one. But, typically, the best approach is to keep your weight back while dropping in (so you don’t flip over the bars), and pump the transition at the bottom, and stay away from the brakes as much as possible. Carry as much momentum as possible, that way there’s less pedaling to do to get out the other side.
But sometimes you can’t carry much (or any!) momentum, so you just have to power up the other side, and balance that fine line of traction and keeping the front wheel down.
Best thing you can do: watch someone else ride it, then do what they do.
And sometimes, you just have to walk them.
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