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Old 07-22-04, 08:12 PM   #1
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I am a new rider and I have a problem on the trails when turning. I always have a death grip on my handles esp. when turning downhill and around corners. I would really appreciate any advice. Has anyone experienced this when breaking in their bike?
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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.

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Old 07-22-04, 09:17 PM   #3
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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.







Thanks for the advice....I ride clipless..I have become confortable with them, I guess i should relax when riding. I ride with my boyfriend right now who is really good. I guess I should just ride the trails by myself a few times to get used to the trails. thank you for the advice! Anyone else who has any advice whould be great!
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Konarider had great advice. Not much else to say but try and take the turns a little slower. The more you ride the more comfortable you'll get. Then you will naturally just go faster on the turns/trails.

Oh ya and when you do crash dont let it discourage you. Just get back up and try it again, if not you'll think about it to much next time you get to that section in the trail. I have a friend that doesnt want to take a certain descent in the trials because the first time he tried it he flew over his handle bars. Ever sense then he walks down it. The sad thing is he's done harder descents but sicne he fell on that one its like a block for him.
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I sometimes get those deathgrip moments, but now its only when going down something potentially deadly...i.e dh course. my best advice is to take things slower the first few times until you get comfortable with your bike and the trails your riding. once you feel that level of comfort you can take the speed up a notch, and progressively gain speed through the runs you do. as you become more confident you will loosen up, that just why you have to take things slow.
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