|Improving Downhill Cycling
Many riders, new and experienced, fear the descent
of their bicycle down a large hill (or mountain). The faster the
bike goes, the more the average rider may feel out of control.
Here are some tips to help you have a safe flight downhill.
1) Know the Terrain
Knowing where you're going can help you
get there safely. Be cognizant of the smooth versus
rough patches. Braking when it's smooth rather than
waiting until you're in trouble or on rough terrain, you
lose some of the previously held control.
2) Know Your Speed Limits
While you won't necessarily need to have
a number in your mind at what point your speed becomes
dangerous, as you're going downhill, it is normal to
increase your speed. As this happens you will need to
increase the distance it will take you to stop. So think
ahead and brake sooner.
3) Stay Dry
If you're riding on a wet surface, you
should keep your rims dry by applying very light
pressure on the brakes to produce a squeegee effect on
4) Ride the Wind
While staying low helps you gain minutes
in a race, on the descent you can raise your profile to
slow your bike down in a more natural fashion.
5) Keep in Step
By continuing to pedal you can maintain
more control over your bike. When you're coasting, you
have less control over the bike.
6) Keep an Eye Out
Try looking ahead as you're traveling
downhill. Always being mindful of what's ahead can help
you have a longer time to prepare and cut down on