Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2008 Trek Portland, 1989 Nishiki Altron
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I would try to loosen the grip on the handlebars, which is a clear sign of the fear of crashing. Lesson one is that you will crash, and it will hurt, but crashing is part of the game. We were all newbies at one point or another. The trick to solve this is to:
1:Loosen the grip on the bars, no good will come of that and could cause future problems with your hands(CTS).
2:Get a good set of full fingered gloves they will provide the traction lost by loosening up the grip.
3:Start off with flat pedals, starting off new to clipless is basically a one way ticket to broken bones.
4:Brake before the turn, never brake in the turn and it you have to just very slightly with the rear break.
5:When completely stopping the rear brake is to slow you down, the front is to stop you.
6: Don't jam on either brake before another. The rear will cause askid and on a trail skidding is a bad thing. The front one is obvious, jam on that one before the applying the rear break and over the bars you go.
7:Relax and don't worry about crashing, crashes happen.
8:Try going into the turn from the outside if possible. For example, right hand turn you try to go into it asw far left as possible. The mid point of the turn is called the Apex, if you have to do any braking, do it before the apex, after the apex you should be accelerating.
Hope this helps.