Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes: Colnago Super, Fuji Opus III, Specialized Rockhopper
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You are probably just spooked. Flats and crashes can do that to you. The best way to combat that uneasiness that I've found, is to deliberately push the envelope.
There are some days that I hop on my bike and feel kind of disconnected and like I could crash real easily. When that happens, do deliberate weaving (like on a slalom course), or maybe a few bunny hops, wheelies, hard cornering, etc. You don't have to do anything real drastic, just enough to take you out of your comfort zone.
You don't want to be the kind of rider who couldn't handle running over a piece of gravel mid turn or riding at a moderate pace on a smooth dirt road. There have been times in my riding where I was almost completely down (crashing), but was able to recover and ride it out merely because I was feeling connected and comfortable enough with that bike that I could make an intuitive reaction avoiding the crash to the point that I was able to ride away as if nothing happened... even with a flat tire! Feeling connected with your bike is important in helping you avoid accidents and keeping the ride fun.
Last edited by rat fink; 01-07-10 at 05:19 PM.