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Why can't I ride in a straight line?!?!?!?!?(5 posts)

Why can't I ride in a straight line?!?!?!?!?dez182
Jul 31, 2003 10:04 AM
I've been riding for about a year now, and I still can't seem to hold a perfectly straight line during group rides. I do ok when we're going at a moderate speed, but when we're going pretty hard, it seems like a swerve quite a bit. I've tried relaxing my upper body and looking a longer distance in front of the bike, but nothing seems to work.
Nobody has said anything about it, so maybe it isn't that noticeable, but I feel bad, because I wouldn't want to ride behind me! Any tips?
ride rollers over the winter no problem next year nmandy02
Jul 31, 2003 10:12 AM
Trying too hard?Humma Hah
Jul 31, 2003 10:40 AM
While riding solo, with no traffic, and a white line to track, try following the line by watching your front wheel. My bet is you do a horrible job of it.

The try following the same line by paying no attention at all to where your wheel is, but instead look ahead at where you want to be in about 2 seconds. I'll bet you track a much better line.

In cycling, as in life, if you concentrate on where you are, you're in trouble. If you concentrate on where you want to be, where you are will come naturally.

You can do nothing about where you are, only where you want to be (I believe that re-states one of Newton's Laws)
re: Why can't I ride in a straight line?!?!?!?!?CrankE
Jul 31, 2003 12:08 PM
Get as much of your weight off the bars as you can. You're putting unwanted steering inputs into the bike without knowing it.

Bend your elbows. If you say "I do" - bend 'em more. Light touch on the bars.

And rollers or even a trainer will smooth your stroke out dramatically.
Stop drinking so much beforehand. (nm)kjr39
Jul 31, 2003 2:31 PM