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How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Proud2bpinoy on Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:53 am

Taken from RoadBikeRider 21 July 2011.

How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

If there’s one thing the Tour de France has taught us in the first fortnight, it’s that even the best bike handlers in the world sometimes crash with alarming frequency.

Most recreational roadies ride in large groups from time to time, in century rides, local organized rides, brevets, races, etc. While our groups don’t rival the sheer numbers riding cheek to jowl in the TdF, the challenges are the same. So, too, are the ways to avoid crashes in groups. Here are a few tips to help.

Keep Your Focus

Most crashes happen when a rider momentarily loses focus. A moment is all it takes to: not realize the wheel in front of you has slowed; catch the edge of the road when putting away your bottle; bump the rider next to you when you’ve glanced down at your computer. Keeping your focus will help you avoid the little slip-ups that we all have from time to time, but that can quickly bring us to the ground.

Hold Your Line

Steady handling and an unwavering line are expected of anyone riding in a large group. Nothing makes riders in a group of any size more edgy than a squirrelly rider in their midst. Don’t be that rider. Pay attention to what’s happening around you to avoid any pitfalls, and concentrate on not making any sudden or unexpected movements off your line.

Stay Relaxed

Riding in a sizable group typically adds a level of nervousness not found in most casual rides. That’s not really a bad thing if you use that slight nervousness to help you focus. But if you ride constantly on edge, with a death grip on the bar, you’re more apt to fatigue faster, and your tense muscles can affect your bike handling. Stay relaxed, with a comfortable grip on the bar, and consciously check your neck and shoulder muscles for tension. Unshrug if you catch yourself riding with your shoulders pulled up.

Don’t Overreact

Stuff happens in a group. Riders veer off line, rub shoulders, make unexpected moves, touch tires. Often, though, it’s not the initial mistake that causes a crash in a group. It’s an overreaction to the mistake, either by the rider who made it, or by a rider the mistake affected. The key is not to overreact. Making any quick, opposite reaction to whatever problem you’re facing may create a new, bigger problem -- and cause a crash. I witnessed this in a race a couple weekends ago, as a rider went off the right side of the road, overcompensated in his attempt to get back on the road, and went down, falling into another rider, who very nearly fell into me.

Stay Up Front

If you’ve been watching the Tour, you’ve surely heard the commentators or riders being interviewed repeatedly say how important it is to remain at the front of the group. The rationale is straightforward, and it’s most important in big groups. Most crashes happen farther back, where riders are surrounded on all sides and at the mercy of any mistakes anyone else makes. The farther front in a group, the less crowded, the more room to maneuver, and the safer it is.

Don’t Yo-Yo

Big groups tend to ride like a rubber band stretching -- constantly speeding up and slowing down from front to back. Within the group, individual riders are doing the same thing. The trick is to modulate your braking and pedaling so that your relative distance to the rider in front of you remains about the same, no matter how much the rubber band stretches or contracts. Try your best not to yo-yo, braking too abruptly, and then speeding up too much so that you’re on the brakes again. This will not endear you to the riders behind you, and you may cause a crash doing it. Feather your brakes instead of clamping down, and steadily increase your pedaling instead of a sudden burst of power.
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  kumagako on Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:13 pm

im not an expert the best tip is to just ride alone jump
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  BlindRunner on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:16 pm

We've just seen it yesterday during the ride along upper thomson. While in a peloton, one of the cyclist had been riding close at the edge of the road lined with oil slick supposedly from cars.
Simple....nag skid ung front wheel ng mama and pumlakda sa kalsada, followed closely by the guy behind doing a 1 turn tumbling. buti mga 25KPH lang takbo . Tinamaan sa tadyang yung mama, nakatayo both pero nawala na sa peloton later ung isa. Buti 3 riders away kami.. worried... nagkamali kaya always ingat boyz..

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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Kiko on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:45 pm

Very nice tips bit would like to add...

Look at the 5-10 riders in front of you - this is one of the ways to develop the art of anticipation, this will help you to anticipate a crash and follow the correct line in case its raining or you arent sure if there is a pothole or not. Coz obviously if the riders infront of you are upright then that is the correct line to follow. And obviosly if they crash or veer off then dont follow that line!

Look out for "magugulo" na rider - so maiwasan mo sya.

Practice-Practice-Practice&more practice - self explanatory. Nuf said. Hehe syempre the more you do it, theorerically, the better you get at it. party
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  kumagako on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:56 pm

one good rule in staying upright is feathering the front brake.
oil, wet or sandy road. dont brake the front so it wont skid.

or

gumamit ng balancers
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  BlindRunner on Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:02 pm

hahah good one. nwayz salamat sa mga tips nyo dre...

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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Original_Sigbin on Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:21 pm

sa bahay nlng with trainer cgurado walng crash yon... nagkamali
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  kumagako on Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:39 pm



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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  GIANT on Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:02 pm

hahaha. mali ka agad origsigbin. eh pati pala sa rollers me semplang. nagkamali bwahahaha

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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Original_Sigbin on Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:03 pm

hahaha..... :bounce:
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  kumagako on Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:42 am

seriously

kung gusto mo hindi magcrash

eh

bumili ka ng baul then lagay mo sa loob yung bike mo

then ibaon mo sa ilalim ng lupa
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  GIANT on Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:00 pm

kumagako wrote:seriously

kung gusto mo hindi magcrash

eh

bumili ka ng baul then lagay mo sa loob yung bike mo

then ibaon mo sa ilalim ng lupa



"seriously" ka pa ng lagay na yan ha. eh paano kung nagjo joke ka na beelat

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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Kiko on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:20 am

pag joke eh di may smiley yan nagkamali
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Re: How to Avoid Crashes in Groups

Post  Kiko on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:23 am

resurrection... funny... sounds/like erection...
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