Bicycle uphill and downhill cycling skills

Bicycle uphill and downhill cycling skills

Uphill and downhill cycling skills are an important basic technology for road bicycle. It is difficult to get rid of opponents among athletes who are close to each other on flat roads. However, as long as the tactics are used properly, it is easier to get rid of opponents when riding on a slope.

(1) Uphill cycling skills

Uphill riding should maintain a normal pedaling action, and do not use sudden force. Under normal circumstances, it is not advisable to use standing riding or lifting riding methods, otherwise it will consume too much physical strength. When encountering short-distance slopes, you should make full use of the inertial principle of object motion, pedal easily, and stand up riding when approaching the top of the slope, increase the speed as much as possible, and create favorable conditions for acceleration downhill.

When encountering a long uphill slope, you should adjust the transmission ratio in time according to your physical strength. Don’t wait to change the transmission ratio until you can’t ride and the speed has completely dropped. Resolutely avoid the phenomenon of restarting. For long slopes or steep slopes, stand-up riding methods can be used alternately to adjust the harder parts and allow some muscles to rest.
Do not follow the bicycle too close when going uphill. Due to the force of the uphill, the driving often swings from side to side. If you follow the bicycle too close, a collision may occur. Furthermore, the speed drops significantly when going uphill, and following the bicycle will restrict one’s riding method.

(2) Downhill cycling skills

To achieve the desired effect of downhill riding, one must be brave and witty, bold and bicycle, and concentrated, keep a close eye on the road in front of you, and be ready to deal with any situation on the road decisively; Dare to take the initiative to pedal and increase speed.
When turning, keep the body and the bicycle in line, lean inward, and keep the upper body and the bicycle in a straight line to overcome the centrifugal force. The inclination angle depends on the speed and the size of the curve, but generally it should not exceed 28 degrees, otherwise there is a risk of slipping.
Control the speed before turning. Use the method of tap brakes to gradually slow down. When braking, use the front and rear brakes as much as possible. The front brakes can be slightly advanced. When using the front brakes, the direction of the front wheels must be consistent with the direction of the bicycle.

Otherwise, it will be due to the weight of the rider. The bicycle’s inertia was restricted and caused it to fall. Release the brakes after entering the curve to avoid unnecessary deceleration. Do not use the back brake too hard on the curve. Otherwise, the bicycle may turn around or slip.

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