Katie J. asked in SportsCycling · 9 months ago

Are there new innovations in bicycle steering?

I hate my handlebars because I don’t know how to control the wheels with them very well. I’ve run into four parked cars going downhill in the past few weeks and each time I go flying off the bike and get hurt. Is there some sort of a steering wheel or something I can install?

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  • 9 months ago

    No, there is no new innovations. But there are things you can do to change how the bike feels to you alone. 1. Is the bike the right frame size for you? You can find out quickly with a trip past almost any bike shop. Ask a salesperson to look at you on the bike. A bike that's too big or too small can make it squirrelly to handle. Maybe change from an offset seat-post to a zero offset post. Or, change the stem to one shorter or longer.

    2. Don't ride next to parked cars. It's perfectly legal to ride 5 to 6 feet away from the "door zone". If one fool doesn't look before opening a car door, you could be seriously injured or even killed. If this puts you in the middle of the traffic lane, so be it. It's LEGAL because you're avoiding a possible hazard.

    3. Find a parking lot that's empty or close to it. Practice both low & high speed cycling in a straight line. Don't look directly down in front of the bike. Always look forward a minimum of 20 to 30 feet; maybe more. Slow speed skills are just as important, if not more, than high speed. When you've got that mastered, now try some slow speed cornering maneuvers. If these kids can do it, you should give it a try too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL_F0YCStNg

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  • 9 months ago

    A steering wheel? 🤔 On a bicycle? 😲 That would only make it HARDER to steer. Evidently you need some classes in both low speed & high speed bicycle handling. 1) Classes are offered both in person & online from Cycling Savvy. https://cyclingsavvy.org/ Low speed skills are essential. 2) The guys at Global Cycling Network offer this YouTube video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW1_TIs_6Tw

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  • 9 months ago

    no, but you could learn to ride

    • Katie J.9 months agoReport

      Yeah, and you could learn to use correct punctuation.

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