Every single one of us who cycles or is learning how to cycle has a fear of falling. Nobody would want to purposely fall while riding the bicycle. Which brings up the question – is it possible for us to not fall when cycling? It is possible. It does not matter if you are a beginner or an expert cyclist; the key to not fall is balance. Which brings up another question – how do you balance? The answer to that is of course, proper control of your handlebars and posture.
Let’s talk about the proper control of handlebars. Handlebars are designed as the steering mechanism for the bicycle. As a cyclist, you have to know how to steer the right way. One wrong move, you might fall on your side. The best advice to heed when you’re cycling is to keep your handlebars as straight as possible. This will lessen your chances of falling. It is good to practice your control of the handlebars before you do anything advanced. Tips for beginners: Find yourself a space where you can cycle a long straight path to focus on your handlebar control. Recommended place would be the parks close to home. NParks provides several parks and park connectors that are close to home.
Posture is also important in the balance of cycling. Quoted from www.triathlete.com, “Body position and weight balance on the bike greatly impact balance, stability and traction”. This means that you have to make sure that when you’re cycling in a straight path, you have to keep your body position straight. For example, if your body is leaning towards the left and you are not able to control your handlebars, you have a higher chance of falling to your left. Take note of your posture when you are cycling.
There is another reason that you might fall when you’re cycling. That is when you apply your brakes. Proper application of brakes is needed to avoid from falling sideways or even forward. It is must to know how to properly apply your brakes. If you apply your brakes too late, you might risk a massive injury. Take your time to read https://totalwomenscycling.com/where it has the details of how to properly apply your brakes
Of course after reading the articles you still have a fear of falling while cycling, we have a solution for that. Hire a Coach to help you forget your fear of falling. Here at Learn to Cycle Singapore, we offer Refreshers Cycling Class for those who need more help in this particular area. If you’re someone who has never cycled before, we have a class for you too. In our Adult Private Cycling Class or Adult Group Cycling Class, we will cover the fundamentals of balancing on the bicycle to safety when riding on the bicycle. Our Certified Coaches will be with you and answer all your questions about cycling safely and to avoid falling. Cycling is not just about balancing and control, confidence is key too.