In this video, you'll learn basic techniques to descend a hill on a road bike.
In this video you will learn how to descend. Finding the right mix of speed and stability is crucial on descents.
The three key things to focus on are: the positioning, the braking and the cornering.
Place the hands on the drops, or the lower curve of the handlebar, with the elbows tucked in.
Getting low is not only the most aerodynamic position, but also offers you the greater control, stability and traction as your centre of gravity is lower.
Always look where you want to go and not at what you want to avoid.
Try and brake gradually by squeezing both levers simultaneously.
Finish braking before you hit the corner.
When you need to squeeze the front brake to stop quickly, remember to push your body back towards the rear wheel so that you don't go flying over the handlebars.
Plant your weight on your outside pedal in the 6 o'clock position to provide counterbalance Lean the bike through the corner and move your hips outward.
to maintain traction.
Remember to enter the corner wide and aim to hit the apex and exit wide as you straighten out.
Use the entire breadth of the corner only if there's no obstacle or any oncoming traffic.
You can check out our video on how to corner.
Ride safe and enjoy your ride.