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1/10/15 7:14 P

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My bikes are on the balcony covered in a tarp,waiting for the day when I can go out

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1/9/15 3:51 P

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"Move to the drops" and "don't descend in aerobars" were foreign terms for me. Hills we've taken are not steep or lenghthy and I have a recumbent. Is this info important for me as well?

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Good tips. Thanks. Personally, I love riding down hills, especially if I have a hill to climb once I hit the bottom. :) It can be a little nerve wracking, but relaxing and practicing does help. I'm often tempted to holler, "Wheeeeee!" as I ride down hills.


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I ride with a group of ladies that vary as much in their professional endeavors as they do in their ages and personal characteristics. One of if not the most common issues I see riders dealing with is speed and cornering gooin downhill. I found this article by Jene Shaw. Hope it helps.

Tip #1: Relax
Relax your upper body and keep a firm (not deathgrip) grasp on the bars. Move to the drops for more brake control and if you are on a tri bike, don't descend in aerobars unless on a safe, familiar road.

Tip #2: Look where you want to go
...Not where you don't want to go. Stay focused and look farther up the road than you think you should. Practice, practice practice so that the first time you get into a bad situation, you don't look for the guardrail.

Tip #3: Brake before the corner
Slow down before the turn and then accelerate through it. You can use a 50 front/50 back brake force ratio but if it is a really sharp corner use more front for maximum braking power. Shift your weight over the rear wheel to stabilize the back end. If you must use your brakes through a corner, get off the front brake in case there is anything slick on the road.

Tip #4: Weight the outside pedal and inside handlebar
Your knee closest to the inside corner should be up, with the opposite leg forcefully extended against the outside pedal for balance. Lightly weighting the inside handlebar is also effective. If you get into the habit of doing this on every corner, you'll realize that you aren't turning the handlebars because the weight is turning you. Counter steering helps hold the front tire to the road and keeps you balanced.

Tip #5: Follow the leader
Descend behind people that are better than you are. This allows you to see the lines they are using and where they are going with their bodies on every turn.

Tip #6: Hit the Apex
Approach tight corners from the side of the lane farthest from the bend. As you swing through the turn, aim for the peak of the corner known as the apex. In one smooth, steady arch, sweep outward after passing the apex and complete the turn on the far side of the road.

Hope the information above helps you develop more confidence in your cycling ability.

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