Four on bike skills you need to master | Cycling Weekly

Four on bike skills you need to master | Cycling Weekly


We’ve known even the most experienced of
cyclists to drop a gel in motion, hit a pothole while no handed or even get a rain
cape caught in a spoke. When you’re just starting out it’s tricky to even take
one hand off the bars and reach for your bottle let alone rummaging around in
your back pocket. So here’s our top tips for bike handling like a pro meaning you
can eat, drink and even take a rain cape off while you’re on the go. If you’re
riding in a tight bunch the last thing you want is to have all your energy fuel
zipped up in pockets where you can’t reach it, so always keep it accessible.
If you’re just getting used to riding, undo your energy bars before you put them in
your pocket so they’ll be much easier to open when you’re out on the road. It can
be quite a fiddle to get things out when you need them so you could chop your
energy bars up until little bite sized portions or just have energy gels that
you know that you can open with your teeth and it just makes it easy to fuel
on the move especially when you’re on the rivet. When you’re on your limit the
last thing you want is to not eat or drink enough because you’re not
confident about doing it in a bunch. Practice on your own until it’s second
nature to reach down and get your bottle to get something out of your back pocket.
The more you do it, the more stable you’ll become. When you watch the pros they’ll
always be holding their line and they’ll always have an eye on what’s going on
around them. Resist the temptation to look down even if you’re wrestling to
get your bottle back in the bottle cage. Keep your head up and it are not only
help you to retain a smoother line but also react to anything happening up
ahead especially in a bunch. As with anything skill-based on the bike it’s
important that you stay relaxed. If you’re gonna sit up and take your hands
off the bars you wanna stay relaxed. You need to have a strong core but not
tensed up or panicky because you could fray the bike really off-course. Keep
pedaling as if your hands were still on the bars and use subtle shifts of your
body weight to control the direction. If you need to take off your rain cape
or gilet it’s important not to endanger others. If you’re not entirely
confident doing it in the middle of the bunch it’s probably a good idea just not
to try it at all. Sweat it out until someone stops and then do it safely. When
you are taking your jacket off, be careful not to get the arms stuck in the
rear wheel fold it up quickly get it straight into
your pocket or if you’re in a real rush shove it up the back of your jersey. So now
you can eat, drink and take your cape off like a pro. It’s a few things to go and
try on your next bike ride.