Descending on a road bike is one of cycling’s greatest joys. But it can also be dangerous if done incorrectly. Here’s a six important tips to remember when going downhill fast from our friends at the Global Cycling Network.
- Know your limits and don’t try and keep up with others if it’s out of your comfort zone. Instead go at your own pace.
- Look ahead so that you know where you are going and can spot hazards.
- Understand that gravel and wet roads need to be handled differently.
- Knowing what is coming up on your GPS screen helps you know what is ahead. This is especially useful on blind corners.
- It’s easy to cross the center line in the middle of the road, but don’t do it unless it is absolutely safe to do so.
- Your bike is your tool. Make sure it’s in good condition and working correctly.
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