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Bike Handling

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by steve23, 19 Mar 2008.

  1. steve23

    steve23 New Member

    how do i improve my bike handling!!??

    Yes i am a member of a club, yes i have done chain gangs. yes i have ridden a few road races, but i still want to improve my handling skills!

    i know someone will say cyclo-cross, but there must be other ways to help to improve it!?

    thankyou!
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Build your tricep and Shoulder muscles.
     
  3. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    If you can improove you core stability muscules, ie lower back and stomach. This would give you more stability on the bike without having to try. What is actually wrong with your handling skills?
     
  4. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Go hire a MTB. Seriously, my MTB skills have improved leaps and bounds since my bf got me into MTBing.
     
  5. steve23

    steve23 New Member

    Paulus theres nothing really wrong as such, i would just like them to become more competant!

    as for core stability, i think mine is ok. i got to the gym quite a lot, so have good upper body strength.

    RedBike i might have to give it a try at some point! ive been meaning to for a while!

    thanks for the advice
     
  6. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    Ride stuff you don't normally ride, or try to ride it quicker
     
  7. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Cyclocross.

    Well you did say...

    .. and it is true - it works a treat!
     
  8. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Ride slower!!

    I'm serious. Slow down and focus.

    What do you have to do to ride a bike?

    Pedal
    Change gear
    Brake
    Accelerate
    Maintain speed
    Change hand positions
    Corner

    Focus on making each operation perfect. You can only do this by slowing down to give yourself chance to do everything perfectly.

    Keep your cadence between 90and 100rpm at all times, including accelerating from stationary.

    Let up slightly and only shift when your feet are in the 6oclock-12oclok. So that each gear snicks into place perfectly.

    Work on your progressive braking. Apply the front gently and squeeze on the power, dab a little rear brake, gently reduce the brake power as you reach the speed you want.

    Make hand position changes frequently, and with as little impact on the stablity of the bike as possible. Move one hand then the other.

    Cornering, make yourself aware of countersteering. Crouch down and use pressure on the inside bar to smooth your cornering line, when you are going very fast use your inside knee to make fine tuning to your line. Stick it out to widen your line, pull it in to tighten your line.

    Practice manovering at slow speed. How slowly can you ride? Practice u-turns aand picking things up off the ground without unclipping.
     
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    She's right! :tongue:
     
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Have a go on the track. It will do wonders for your positioning and ability to ride a line.
     
  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    All the points you made were interesting... could you explain a bit more about this one... are you talking about gear shifts on the front or rear?
     
  12. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    you could just try riding in a group, that helps your handling skills as well.
     
  13. andygates

    andygates New Member

    +1 to this: My bike handling improved a load after a couple of track taster days. I corner much deeper and faster than I dared before and still haven't come off! :rolleyes: