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Rear wheel traction

Old 07-31-09, 04:23 PM
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Rear wheel traction

When I get out of the saddle to accelerate up a hill, I often can feel my rear tire slipping out from under me. Am I pulling up too hard on the pedals or leaning too far forward? Any specific advice would be appreciated.
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Leaning too far forward... Keep your centre-of-gravity over the seat. Don't put your weight on your hands & bars, use the weight to drive the pedals. You should be able to wiggle all your fingers and almost let go of the bars when you're out of the saddle.
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Leaning too far forward. You should be using more upper body in your sprints. I had the same problem and asked a well-seasoned racer and he gave me the skinny.
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