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Cycling techniques up and down slopes

The uphill and downhill riding technology is an important basic technology of road bicycle.

1) Uphill riding technique

When riding uphill, you should keep normal pedaling action, and do not use sudden force. Generally, you should not use standing or pull riding methods, or you will consume too much physical strength. When encountering a short slope, make full use of the inertia principle of object movement to pedal easily. When approaching the top of the slope, you can use standing riding to increase the speed as much as possible, creating favorable conditions for downhill acceleration. In case of a long uphill, you should adjust the transmission ratio according to your physical condition in time. Don’t change the transmission ratio until you can’t ride and the speed drops completely. You should resolutely avoid restarting. When the slope is long or steep, you can alternately use the standing riding method to adjust the part of the force, so that some muscles can rest.

Don’t follow the car too closely when going uphill. Due to the uphill force, the driving often swings from side to side and may collide with the car if it is too close. Moreover, when going uphill, the speed drops significantly, and following the bike will limit your riding method.

2) Downhill riding technique

To achieve the ideal effect of downhill riding, you must be brave and resourceful, bold and careful, concentrate, pay close attention to the road ahead, and be ready to deal with any situation on the road decisively at any time; Not only should we make full use of the inertia of the car, but also should we dare to step on the pedal actively to increase the speed.

When turning, keep your body in line with the car, lean inward, and keep your upper body in line with the car to overcome centrifugal force. The angle of inclination 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 your speed before turning. Gradually slow down by using the point brake method. When braking, use the front and rear brakes at the same time as much as possible. The front brake can be slightly advanced. When using the front brake, the direction of the front wheel is required to be consistent with the direction of the car. Otherwise, the weight of the rider and the inertia of the car will be limited, which will lead to a fall. After entering the curve, release the brake to avoid unnecessary deceleration. Don’t use the rear brake too hard on the curve. Otherwise, the car may turn around or slip.

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