Registered: Apr 2008
Location: Jackson, MS
parking lot practice ideas
While this may seem silly, it works very well for me...practice going slow, as slow as you can. Somewhere on either here or bentrider, there is a thread discussing slow riding contests where the slowest rider wins.
Back when I rode motorcycles, we practiced going slow as well. The idea was to eventually ride and control the bike at idle. You must react quickly with a 600 pound street bike when the engine stalls at idle speed!
With my TE, I can ride along at 2 mph with both feet on the pedals. At crawling speed, I ride the brakes to give a little more pedal resistance and higher cadence. For some reason, this helps me keep a good line but I am baffled at the physics as there seems to be insufficient gyroscopic effect from my legs and crank. I look ahead and keep a relaxed grip. As a bonus, once it is clear to go, I release the brake and can accelerate briskly. This technique is useful in stop and go traffic. This is all from practice as I am about the clumsiest person I know. I started in an empty parking lot and simpy worked on straights, turns, figure eights or slalom and worked up to u-turns.
Your time on the trainer may have programmed your balance and muscle memory a bit off. Last year, I was on a ferry, sitting on the bike, slightly off center of the vessel's path. Once the ferry started moving, I had the sensation that I needed to lean to keep the bike upright, then a flash of vertigo as the lean did not correct the misdirection.
Two Tour Easys
Two Hase Ketts
Two EZ Sports
Two Hobie Kayaks
and a WW Tour trike
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