Top Tips to Be Skillful on Road Cycling

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Here are six aspects about cycling skills, look at them and build your cycling life well:

Your flow in traffic
It’s really joyful to pass across cars in traffic jam and go home easily. Instead of threats out of traffic, cycling makes you relieve the stress. When drivers at cars spend their time on the butts, you have taken exercise. In addition, you have done good to our planet, making it greener and cleaner. Here are some tips for you to get flow in traffic:

Practice more and more. Ride between cars parked make you get used to the metal around you. You will feel more comfortable when drivers pass you again. Leave your adrenaline for a sudden emergency.

Look out the front. You don’t need to worry too much about the traffic behind. Most bike accidents about cars happen for a driver and a rider’s crossing each other’s path. Be careful when you are going to be at intersections and driveways or a driver turns in front of you.

Make eye contact. Drivers around may not see you, so you’d better not take them for granted: a walk signal, drivers’ awareness, or a green traffic light. You should make eye contact with drivers often so as to make sure their seeing you.

Smooth spinningRoad Cycling Skills
If you get to spin class five minutes earlier, you set up on the stationary bike. It could stretch farther for beginners in spinning by struggling to adjust the seat and figuring out proper form. Here are some tips for your smooth spinning:

Set the seat properly. If the saddle is too low, you will put excess pressure on your knee joint and may cause knee pain. It also makes your switching to second position slower and more difficult. You should adjust your seat until it comes right up against your hip.

Don’t ignore the handlebars. You should adjust them to align with the height of your seat. As your core becomes stronger, you can keep your torso upright and begin to drop the bars. However, handlebars are just assistants for your riding, and your legs are what your weight should load, not your arms.

Braking technique
You don’t need to be scared of brakes. They are there to help you and you should not avoid them until you very need them. In fact, your front bike can stop you while your back brake can shave off speed for you. It’s about 70 percent power of stopping comes from the front. You can leave 30 percent for the back.

If you brake to go into a corner or approach a junction, pull the back brake first. It will reduce your speed and settle your bike into a natural line, which makes it available for you to pull the front brake then.

If there is the traffic or it is tighter than you thought, use the front bike to stop yourself and slow down. Look where you will stop at, but not the place right in front of your wheel.

Cornering technique
Good techniques save your energy and give you free speed. If you have difficulty in concerning, here are some tips:Road Cycling Skills

Don't be distracted. You don’t need to pay attention to where you won’t go. It’s a sure way to head in that direction.

If necessary, anticipate your speed for the corner and brake before the corner. Don’t brake in turning.

Descending like a pro
You should think and look the far. When corners, rocks, potholes and so on come at you quickly, you need to pick your line earlier.

Use both brakes to control your speed completely, if you want to make dramatic changes in speed on the straightaway before entering a corner.

Your bike will go somewhere your eyes are pointed, so you should look through to the exit of the corner.

To corner safely, you should make your center of gravity remain over tires and your weight should be distributed properly across both wheels. When your body weight is planted on the pedal faced with the outside of the corner, you have increased the traction that tires have on the road. Make sure that you have plant your weight onto the outside foot.

Riding safely in a group
No matter you are a veteran or not on the bike, these tips will make you better in next group riding:

Road Cycling SkillsRemember, it’s not a race. You don’t need to attack off the front or show the others how strong you are.

Be riding side by side. In a group, the distance between you and the rider beside you should be just a few centimeters and not be wide enough to fit a bus. You’d better be handlebar to handlebar.

Don’t sprint ahead or disrupt the flow anytime. Stay side by side even though there is a corner coming.

If you don’t need to ride alongside anyone, put yourself between the two cyclists ahead of you.

Let the rider beside you know when you need to take a rest. Check whether there is anyone overlapping your back wheel, and move to the outside. Don’t swerve suddenly, and leave the group in a controlled and steady manner.

That’s all of riding skills I want to help you build. I hope that you cycle better next time.