Sorry for the stupid question; I'm not necessarily new to cycling... er, I guess I am new to cycling, just not to riding bikes. I don't have a ton of experience riding in traffic yet.
You know how many roads are sloped so that the middle of the road is highest and the shoulders of the road are lowest for drainage purposes?
When one is on a slope that isn't "uphill" or "downhill", but horizontal to you, how should you balance your bike to keep traction? Do you stay upright in relation to gravity and trust that you will keep traction with just the side edge of your tire, or do you try to balance so the bike is 90-degrees to the pavement (keeping the middle surface of the tire in full contact) and consequently shift your weight the other way to keep balance?
I'm 95% sure that you are supposed to just keep the bike level in relation to gravity and trust the edge of the tire, but I had a bad experience almost fifteen years ago as a child riding his father's cheapo Costco mountain bike, making a slow turn on pavement and having the wheel simply slide out from under me. Therefore, I always end up doing the latter and trying to keep the bike at 90-degrees to the pavement, even though it always ends up making my balance very precarious.
Can someone reassure me that a good pair of road tires will hold traction even on the side surface of the tires instead of only in the middle? I need to overcome this fear--it's dangerous!