Join Date: May 2002
Location: Near Portland, OR
Bikes: Three road bikes. Two track bikes.
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Originally Posted by HiyuuX
Whats the best way to avoid something like what happened to Beloki in the Tour De France? kinda scared that it might happen to me. Does skidding occur a lot in sandy areas and bumpy roads? On my last ride, one of our group members slipped on a rough area, he was going slow so he got out ok. I am mostly scared of slipping near a side walk and getting the side of my head split.
One of the best ways to learn to keep the bike upright when the wheels are sliding is to ride some gravel roads or ride singletrack with a mountainbike. If the surface is slick, then try to keep the bike upright and your center of gravity over the wheels. Then, even if things start sliding around, you will stay upright.
Beloki's crash was a one-in-a-million crash. The end result was because his tubular tire rolled off the rim. Had this not happened, he would have likely kept it upright, or at least merely washed out. As it was, his tire rolled, which caused the wheel to catch and he went over the highside of the bike and broke his leg. This is very unlikely to happen in normal riding conditions.
Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter