Practice falling

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Spoked Wheels, 4 May 2008.

  1. Spoked Wheels

    Spoked Wheels Guru

    Some information that I found

    "Practice falling

    If you’ve ever listened to Tour de France commentary, they emphasize how riders “go limp” if they are going to wreck. That’s exactly what you want to do. Proper form when crashing is almost an instinct amongst the pros because they have practiced (or learned from experience.) In your case, I suggest a good practice session. Start by going out in a grassy field, with helmet and pads, of course. All you have to do is roll along, stop, and fall over while keeping your hands on the bars. Don’t stick your arm out, that’s how you’ll break a collar bone! You can start out falling into a hill so you don’t have to fall so far, but work your way to flat ground. The key is to go limp (relax all your muscles) and absorb the shock, letting your entire body hit the ground. (You know how boxers “ride” a punch? It’s physics. The longer the time period of the hit, the less damage it causes.) So when you go down, your legs will hit first, then your side, and then your shoulder. You won’t really roll in this slow-speed drill, but you will in the next one."

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  2. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Hmm...when I last came off my bike on some black ice I went down so quick that I didn't have time to tense anything. My body certainly took the impact - or to be more precise my shoulder and hip - and hurt like heck for weeks after.

    But I guess I didn't break any bones :smile:
  3. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    An interesting article. I wonder however if the chances of hitting you head or face are increased if you go limp?
  4. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    I agree, my two falls were on BI as you say reaction time is limited, like you my hip, elbow and shoulder took the brunt, a bit of friction burn and a damaged jacket into the bargain, I think I instinctively went limp, which helped me slide down the road!
  5. OP
    Spoked Wheels

    Spoked Wheels Guru

    It would be really interesting to hear the opinion of people that race even if it is as amateur.

    When I was a teenager I practised judo and one of the first thing you learn is how to take a fall. While in combat sometimes you might think you have no time to prepare for a fall but you do it automatically, without even thinking about it, an instant reaction. I'm thinking, that is what this man is talking about.

  6. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Sounds a bit silly to me
  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    This bloke claims that the pros parctice falling off. Well, they must keep it a big secret if they do, because of all the dozens of training books I've read over the years nobody ever mentioned it.

    He also states that you should wear a helmet due to the number of lives they save each year. The pros must have been dropping like flies in the hundred plus years before helmets.

    Mustn't they?
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    As I always say you never forget how to fall off a bike...
  9. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit's as easy as falling off a log?:biggrin::biggrin:
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