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Old 07-09-14, 08:53 PM   #1
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Need a little advice on riding in loose gravel -sand.

I ride mainly on paved or chip sealed roads and occasionally gravel. I always have problems when I hit a patch of loose gravel or sand. Just looking for some tips on how to handle these surfaces without becoming horizontal!

I ride a hybrid with either 1.5" or 1.95" tires.

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Old 07-09-14, 09:40 PM   #2
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maybe keep your weight back, and think light! Lower psi helps as well.
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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.
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maybe keep your weight back, and think light! Lower psi helps as well.
Thanks ! With my fat butt, thinking light is about all I can do !
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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.

Thanks - great advice. I think the Tensing up is my biggest hurdle to jump. Thanks Again!!
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Old 07-15-14, 10:51 AM   #6
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Don't try to "drive" the bike -- let it track whichever way it wants to go. Trying to steer the bike in sand is usually where the problems start. Keep a very loose grip on the bars and keep pedaling. Sand will absorb a huge amount of energy so you'll lose your momentum quickly (and hence your ability to "float") if you let up on the power.
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Center of gravity is huge, next to that is keeping a light grip on the handle bar, don't try to steer through gravel. Guide your bike, almost just suggest the right direction to go.

The tire size is going to make things a little more slippery. But that sounds like a good set up for what you are doing. The day will come when you slide through the gravel and even just push the gravel out of the way, that is a real rush.
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maybe keep your weight back, and think light! Lower psi helps as well.
I disagree. Taking weight off the front tire helps it washout easier. You want some weight on it to get the tire to bite. A neutral, balanced position over the bike is best. The OP should try to go straight through if possible. If turning, put the outside pedal down with body weight on it. This helps give the tires better grip by driving your weight downward countering any outward slippage of the tread.
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