Avoid Bike Crashes and Cycling Injuries
Crash Course for Cyclists
Make the Save
Keeping Your Head Down
How it Happens:
You or someone else hits a pothole or fishtails in gravel. Crashes in groups often look like ripples on a pond--one small move radiates outward, expanding, until someone's down.
The safest spot to ride is almost always up front. In midpack, look ahead, beyond the rider in front of you. In turns, stay inside--physics takes crashes to the outside, so avoid the debris fan.
Don't get caught gawking as the first rider goes down. Focus on an exit strategy--a way around or through the trouble ahead. What if riders are crashing around you? Point the bike straight, level the pedals, and flex your knees and elbows. You'll absorb impacts better and offer yourself a chance to ride out of the carnage.
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