True, OTOH your odds of locking your rear wheel and letting go at the "right" time are rather low if your rear wheel slides out from behind the front at all. And no matter what, locking up your rear and losing traction pretty much means you're going to crash. And on a paved road, that can also mean getting run over from L/R/back.Technically, if you skid your rear tire, you spin out not high side. Unless you let off the brake at a terrible time and place.
You cannot stop fast doing either, to stop fast you will need to use your front brake. The rear brake is really just for minor speed corrections.
I got this tip from an article a couple of decades ago and used to practice it. Saved my butt a few times.Front brake with ass off the back of the saddle.
I think that actually makes the point of controlled braking vs locking either wheel. If you watch carefully, several riders manage to avoid the crash by braking hard and steering around the carnage.I'm pretty sure if we had anti-lock brakes, not skidding would be the norm, however, we don't, and as humans we are only capable of so much under high stress situations.
Check out this video from the 2015 Tour of Poland. Specifically, watch the guys trying to avoid the pile up after Caleb Ewan clips a wheel and crashes. They immediately go into a sideways slide trying to avoid riding into the downed riders in front of them.
I have no idea if this is something they are taught to do, or if it's just instinctive to do that as such high speeds. One advantage of this, at least in a head on situation, is it reduces the likelyhood of gong over the handlebars. It also puts the bike between you and whatever you hit.
I'm not sure if the archaic BBcode on this site will support the timestamp in the URL. If not, just fast forward to about th 6min 45sec mark and watch the carnage in slow motion.
Edit: It doesnt; Here is the direct link to the timestamped URL. Right click this link and "Open in new tab" to go straight to the slow motion video replay
Here is the full video.
I disagree. Locking up the rear wheel will not necessarily lead to a crash. If moving in a straight line the rear wheel will simply trail the front. If turning, a skidding rear tire will be free to slide out which may lead to a crash.And no matter what, locking up your rear and losing traction pretty much means you're going to crash.
No it does not. The flat spot of a tire is technically motionless, so it's experiencing static friction while the tire is still rolling. When you skid the tire the flat spot experiences kinetic friction, which is weaker. This is why ABS was invented. It prevents sliding and thus results in shorter stopping distances.Given the OP's choices, skidding provides the greater friction and shorter stopping distance.
You can't actually "spin out" but you could go down on your side if you're turning. If you start fishtailing you CAN high side. Look at the famous footage of Joseba Beloki doing it in the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong went off the road and rode through a field and back into the race. Beloki broke his hip, ending his pro cycling career. DON'T skid your rear tire for all of the reasons mentioned in this thread.Technically, if you skid your rear tire, you spin out not high side...