|Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 08:41 pm: ||
My Contribution.... I belong to alot of forums, and have alot of experience, both years and miles. I'm by no means an expert, but I feel I've gotten pretty good at what I do.
I thought that this might be a good spot to share one of the tips I give to riders who are trying to improve their riding, so here goes:
EVERY ride should be spent working on technique. You should read and study all you can (I recommend Keith Codes' Twist of the wrist II).
When you get on the bike you should have ONE technique in mind that you need to work on - Looking through the corner, keeping your head up, body position, scanning with your eyes, relaxing your grip on the bars, smooth throttle control, etc, etc..
Work on that technique for that ride, and as many rides as it takes to make it second nature, then shift to another technique till it's second nature, etc..
No matter how long you've ridden and how confident you feel, know what your weakest point is and be working on it for the next ride. A ride that you're not working on is a wasted ride.
Sometimes riders get caught up trying to ride someone else's ride, or trying to work on 4 different things at once, then get frustrated by lack of improvement, when all they really need to do is work on ONE technique at a time and they will find overall improvement and understanding through that one at a time method, and eventually find huge gains overall without getting themselves in too deep and while feeling the success of getting better.
Think in your mind right now about what single technique you'll work on with that next ride, and make a habit of it...
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 03:12 pm: ||
Amen!!!! That is what I do and it has made a huge difference in my riding.
Here's another tip no one who gets on a bike is instantly fast it takes practice and patience. Add speed slowly to your favorite road, it keeps the survival reaction panic down if you add 2mph to your corner speed at a time.
|Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 08:52 pm: ||
I disagree. Sometimes it's okay to just hop on the old lady and take a ride. Just ENJOY those skills you've learned. Watch the road. Ride the bike. But we do NOT need to try so hard to be better, learn more, find the limits or whatever. It's okay to just ride to work, or just enjoy the wind, or slow down and cruise like you're ridin' a Fat Boy.
Live, Love, Laugh,
(Message edited by Crash106 on July 13, 2009)
|Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 10:53 am: ||
don't forget "working out" also helps with riding ability. Proper riding technique uses core muscles that typically aren't used day to day. A good workout regime can help minimize fatigue.
|Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 03:28 pm: ||
I ride 50% time with my wife so agree with crash106 ,also I see it as a time when solo as pjfz1 discribes, to extend my safety margin,that I may enjoy more while riding at its best-with my wife. I should exercise more off the bike to extend my enjoyment and daily mileage comfort on the bike.(58yo and getting younger every ride).