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Cornering Skills???(5 posts)

Cornering Skills???daveo
Nov 4, 2003 12:07 PM
so my cornering skill suck in loose or muddy corners...ive had some luck cornering with my inside foot out, for balace. why am i able to corner so much faster this way than with both feet in? with both feet in i must slow more and seem to be way less stable...any ideas or good practice routines? thanks...daveo
re: Cornering Skills???jrm
Nov 4, 2003 3:02 PM
SCrub speed before the turn and dont drag the brakes through the turn unless you have to. Get over the bike ala MTB: Level the pedals, then lean the bike over while staying upright in order to get the tires to track, Then once the tires grab ill commit to the line. Oh and level the pedals
pontooning footatpjunkie
Nov 4, 2003 8:56 PM
is quite common and acceptable. It sends center of gravity further in and down which improves traction. it's used by many top pros so don't feel you have to stay clipped in.
seems to work..Spunout
Nov 5, 2003 5:08 AM
Yes, unclipping the inside lowers CG when your thigh drops. Don't drag it, and keep pressure on the outside pedal for better grip too. Not too much weight on the saddle, it may cause the front to wash (depending on your weight distribution).
Keep the Bike UprightGripped
Nov 5, 2003 9:03 AM
Watch some motorcycle racing. Notice how they try to keep the bike upright and lean way into the turn to coutnerbalance. They do this to keep maximum tire contact on the pavement. Cross (and crit) racing has the same demands. Lean the bike into the turn too much and you lose the edge and/or bang your pedal.

To do this, slide your butt off the saddle to the inside of the turn. Lean your shoulders as far to the inside as possible, pushing the bars away from you to the outside. Your head shouldn't be over any part of the bars. Remember to look where you want to go, not where you are right that moment.

If you start to lose your edge, pontoon the foot but still try to push the bike upright.