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Proper cycling techniques around corners

Although most people think of cornering a bike as a simple process, it is not that easy to perform this safely and correctly. One of the things you should know is that it is a lot easier to corner a bike if your position on it is upright. This makes perfect sense due to the distribution of your weight on the bicycle – there is a big difference between cornering a time trial bike and a classic road bike. The most important part is balancing your weight properly while cornering a bike; once you have this mastered, cornering will be a piece of cake. But not to stop there, we will share a few other tips with you.


It is always important to know what lies ahead of you, in other words, you need to now whether there are any obstacles in your way and pay attention. Keep your eyes forward, your head up and try to enter the corner as wide as you can, obviously depending on the traffic.  You should always have your hands on the brakes, just in case of danger, but that’s not the only reason – the wider you keep your hands, the easier it is to turn and maintain your balance. You also spread your weight evenly across the bike.  If the bike of your choice is a time trial bike, then you might like to try coming up off the aero bars when faced with tight corners. Always be relaxed: if your body is tense, it is so much harder to ride a bike, and you might have an accident.

Before you enter a corner, you need to adjust the speed so that you don’t have to use the brakes while cornering. This might make you lose control over the bike – if you absolutely must use the brake, then try to use the rear brake, not the front one. You also shouldn’t pedal while cornering; shift your weight on the outside pedal. This reduces the risk of scraping the floor with the pedal and gives you a better balance and control over the bike.



You’ve probably seen bikers do this before, and its a good way to corner a bike – you need to lean into the corner with your bike. I know it might seem scary at first, but it gets easier after a while. You need to aim for the corner apex, and you should try to exit the corner wide, like you entered it – this is the fastest and safest way to do it. Also, you need to notify the people behind you that you’re planning to turn, and this is very simple: just hold out your arm in the direction of your turn. Make sure that you can perform this in a safe and timely manner, before you actually enter the corner. This is the proper protocol in order to prevent accidents from happening. It might be more difficult to apply these tactics if you’re cornering in a group, but you needn’t worry about other and pay attention to your own actions. If hand signals from your part fail, you can always shout out directions – its better to communicate in any manner, than not to communicate at all.

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