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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 19:38 
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I am trying to address basics. I think non cyclist drivers and new cylcists need this advice and the information is, in fact, a combination of Poilce training and John Franklin's work. :wink:


I am addressing the basics as I think there is a need to do so for novices and this site is safety led in any case. :wink: I am hoping all cyclists on the site will add to the intial stuff and am also hoping that some of our fiercest critics will bite the bullet, join into theis section and at least add words of wisdom to promote cycling and doing so safely :)

I am sure we will treat outraged rants with sympathy and respect as we have all been victims of numpties - and the real safety message is learning from experience and learning to deal with these hazards with dignity and resigned acceptance that humans beings do make mistakes.


CHANGING DIRECTION

You only really turn the front wheel when following tight corners or on slow travel. Most of the time you lean into a bend – and you find you make the right kind of lean automatically However, as with motor biking – do not overdo the lean as this causes accidents.

However, on a left hand turn: The front wheel will turn more widely and you do need to learn the right amount of oversteering necessary – too many take this too wide and it leads to the sort of incident whereby the cyclist takes out the wing mirrors of traffic waiting at the junction - so you need to correct to be able to correct to the right amount of oversteer –especially if on tandem or using a trailer

All corners are different and as with driving – have a little think about how to improve technique or about slight mistakes and how to correct them. Practising tight U-turns can help develop skills!

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