This British TV advertisement from Transport for London is a fresh, if not sobering, approach to tackling the subject of safe riding practices not only in the UK, but around the world. In it, there’s a man lying on his back with medical personel surrounding him, trying to save his life. He’s clearly been in […]
Top 10 Riding Tips for Noobs
5. Cover The Brake
Get in the habit of covering the brake lever with at least one finger. The MSF doesn’t approve of this technique, but the fraction of a second saved by not having to reach for the lever could be the difference between stopping short of an obstacle or plowing into a bumper.
And in tight, slow-speed maneuvers, use the rear brake to help settle the bike by allowing stability-inducing throttle input without increasing the bike’s velocity. Honing the balance between power and brakes at low speeds is a key element in confidently making tight turns at low speeds.
And while we’re on the subject of brakes…