12 February 2008

How to make a quick (‘forced’) turn

Posted by todd under: Words from cycling sages .

“Do that (make a quick turn) by sharply steering away from the turn just before you get there. You and the bike will immediately start to lean over in the direction of the turn. You would risk a disastrous crash, as your bike moves away precipitously from the mass center, if you were to continue in a straight line. You have very quickly achieved a considerable lean angle in the direction of the turn. This must be compensated by steering quite abruptly in the same direction. Since this is the direction of the turn, you are set up just right to make a sharp turn. Once completed, steer back into the turn just a little further, to get the lean for regaining the roughly straight course …”

— Rob Van der Plas, The Bicycle Touring Manual, page 131

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