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Accelerating through a turn(5 posts)

Accelerating through a turnGMS
Jun 1, 2002 5:41 PM
I seem to be the only person who has an immense fear of scraping my inside pedal while accelerating through a turn and totally wiping out. As a result, I usually just put my inside pedal up and coast until I am confident I'm not heeled over enough to touch my inside pedal to the ground.

Is this a real problem or mostly my imagination? Do clipless pedals alleviate this problem because they are smaller and therefore you'd need to heel over more to have it hit the ground? If this is an actual problem, how does one learn the limits without wiping out a few times to find out?

Thank you.
I'm lousy at it, too, but one thing to try...cory
Jun 1, 2002 6:03 PM
coast around a steady turn, with the inside pedal up, then backpedal to bring it down to see if you can make it scrape. Since you're backpedaling, it won't dump you if it hits--it'll just kick up out of the way. Somebody told me that years ago, and it helped. I'm still a wuss, but you'll be surprised how far over you can go.
re: Accelerating through a turnBreakfast
Jun 1, 2002 7:50 PM
Try thinking of braking, turning, and accelerating as three seperate parts of cornering. Whenever you try to make your tires do more than one of these things at once you have problems. You can pedal up to the point where you need to brake, you can brake up to the point you need to turn, and once you've got the inside pedal up/outside pedal down and you've passed the apex of the turn you can pedal again.
re: Accelerating through a turnQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Jun 2, 2002 3:52 PM
I know what your talking about, but I hit my Ultegra Pedals on the floor on a u-turn, almost high-sided, scared the crap out of me, i thought my bike was gonna eat it, who cares about me, i spnt a lot of money on that thing. Anyways, it just took a chunk of my pedal off, looks kinda cool, but it's still operational...
I lost a race like that...bigdave
Jun 3, 2002 10:44 AM
There was this corner we pedaled through for about 20 laps, but I made my move just before it and didn't account for the extra lean angle I needed because I was going 15 mph faster through it than we had before... WHAM! My right pedal made solid contact with the road, stood the bike straight up and straightened my line right toward a curb. I had to bunny hop it to keep from wrecking, then took to a sidewalk. I stayed upright but lost the race I was *oh so close* to winning.

So that experience has been forged into my brain... like the other poster said, Brake, Corner, Accelerate: treat them seperately. You'll lose less time by briefly coasting through a corner than by taking the risk and nailing your pedals as I did.