Another way to practice is to use the white line on the road. Ride it and then reach down for your water bottle now look where you are from the white line .... did you veer keep practising if you did. Down do the same and look down to wipe debry from your rear tire did you veer?
Another way I have seen people do this is to slide of the saddle at a 90 degree angle and look.
Some look over ther shoulder and others look back through their arm pits .... practice on the white line and see what method works for you.
So far I don't veer but I've been nervous about it. I only live a few blocks from a 21 mile paved trail and I've only ridden the road long enough to get there. Plus if I veered I'd be in bushes or down a hill lol. I would like to branch out to roads but feel nervous, I live in a logging area with semi trucks. Anyhow a mirror sounds great, I need one of those!
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I wear a rear view mirror because I ride a recumbent trike - You can't look over your shoulder when you ride a recumbent. But when I rode a road bike I didn't wear a mirror. To me the key to NOT veering when you look over your shoulder is to take your right hand off your handlebar BEFORE you look over your shoulder. Use your left hand to steer your bike forward as you look over your left shoulder.
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My tri coach used to go group training for swimming, cycling and running, and I joined all of her groups. This is one skill that she made sure to teach us, and we started learning it in a parking lot. I am still not 100% able to do it, mostly because I simply don't ride enough, but when I do ride I practice it on quiet roads.
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I'm a big fan of the Take-A-Look mirror, inexpensive, durable and I'd much rather a mirror on my helmet which is easily navigable as opposed to a fixed mirror on my bike. I caught onto this from the wide use of this mirror among my bike club members.
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That's a great post. The important part is to practice looking over your shoulder without veering in a safe place: a parking lot is good. You'll form the muscle memory so when you are riding in traffic it become second nature.
Good advice. The only wreck I've had was when I needed to change lanes upon approaching an intersection. When I looked over my shoulder to check for traffic, I drifted over, dropped off the edge of the asphalt and wrecked when I tried to hop the bike back up onto the road. Live and learn.
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