pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
1) Momentum is your friend; A bit of speed will carry you through loose stuff.
2) Pedal a bigger gear in sand, gravel; it evens out power and helps traction.
3) Avoid turning, braking, or accelerating in the loose parts; as much as possible turn before or after loose stuff, and maintain your line in it.
4) keep loose, elbows flexed. The bike wants to stay upright, and will if you let it; tensing up causes problems.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.