This morning I had an incident where I needed to stop suddenly. I ended up sliding a bit, going a little bit sideways, and then the tires "bit" and I went for a bit of a tumble. No harm done. But I cycle every day for commuting and while I consider myself a safe cyclist there are times when I need to stop pretty fast. I almost always "skid" for a short bit.
Question for the experts here because I'm not sure whether skidding is an accepted thing: Is there anything that can be done to make my bicycle better at stopping safely?
My bicycle is a Bergamont rephlex, but it's a mountain bike but with thinner tyres. So slightly thinner, but still with knobbly bits.
By breaks are the old cantilever kind.
Maybe my bike is too big and heavy for slimmer tyres, maybe fancy disk breaks would be better, slicker tyres. Don't know..
Thanks in advance.
PS Here is a link to my bike, it's exactly the same. http://www.bergamont.co.nz/products-page/tour/rephlex/