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pedaling in the turnishmael
Mar 15, 2002 8:38 AM
how do you know when you have enough room that you wont clip the pedal..also, where is your weight dispersed, i seem to always lean way back in sharp turns and i imagine doing so reduces the contact my front wheel has with the road..
re: pedaling in the turnbrider
Mar 15, 2002 9:11 AM
Experience is pretty much the only way. I've never gone down from clipping a pedal, and I''ve hit them hard enough to hop the rear wheel a couple times. Basically you want to keep your weight balanced on the bike as you do under normal riding (as fas a front-to-rear balance). The way I pedal through corners is to stand and "pump" the bike sideways -- basically I lean my body and rock the bike back and forth, bike going to the outside when the inside pedal goes down. This works best on uphill sprint corners and chicanes. WHen the corner is real sharp, and you're taking it at speed, I'd recommend not pedalling in the corner, but start pedalling ASAP after the apex.
re: pedaling in the turnallervite
Mar 15, 2002 11:45 AM
A few of us actually practice this during the season. We set up a very tight course in a parking lot and start racing. The course is tight enough that you cannot get a lot of speed built up so if you go down it is not too bad. You learn quickly how far you can lean and pedal. The competition makes you a little braver also.

My experience is that Brider's pumping method works good at moderate speeds. A little faster and you can still pedal by sliding your butt across the saddle toward the turn and holding the bike a little more upright while leaning your body hard into the turn.