Cycling Training Program-Crashing on a bike.How to avoid accident and injury of a road bike





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Published on Oct 29, 2012

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How to avoid crashing on a bike and minimize damage if you do go down.
Your cycling training program should include some exercise that improves your balance and proprioception such as Yoga or Feldenkrais so you'll reduce the chance of crashing due to greater skill on the bike.
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When road riding or training for cycling there the two common situations where crashing is most likely. Group riding and cornering. This video will show you some tips on how to be more aware and focused, a few techniques to lower your risk of crashing and some advice about what to do if you are in an accident.

When training on a road bike experimenting with over braking will give you a greater awareness of how your bike handles - this can help hugely in an emergency situation. Usually braking too heavily on either the front of back brake separately will result in the back wheel skidding. When the front brake is used it unweights the back wheel meaning a loss of traction so when braking heavily (emergency braking) both brakes should be used and the weight should be moved back.

When cycling in a group it is vital that you don't overlap wheels or 'halfwheel' with the rider in front. As they have less awareness of your position they may change their line without knowing you're there. If you're front wheel connects with their back wheel it'll throw your sterring out suddenly and you'll crash unless you have a very high level of skill on the bike.

We recommend making Feldenkais, yoga and/or Pilates part of your cycling training program. This will improve your balance, agility and proprioception. Having these cycling skills well developed will mean that you'll be able to avoid crashing on the bike more easily and also be able to react better to the situation if you do find yourself in a bike accident.


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