How to stay on your bike

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By GILLY ALEXAN­DER

Bike Wise – More rid­ing tips. Rid­ing Down­hill: Ride on your drops. This al­lows you to break eas­ier. Brake be­fore the cor­ner. Use both breaks at once. Even pres­sure. Rid­ing on the flat: Ride in a com­fort­able po­si­tion. On the ‘hoods’ is good.

Ride in a com­fort­able gear. Maybe 85-90 rpm. Cor­ner­ing: Ride on your drops or hoods. Keep your in­side pedal up. Bunch Rid­ing: Rid­ing be­hind some­one else can save 20% en­ergy.

When you ride in a group its good to ride in pairs.

Try and fol­low as close as pos­si­ble, but don’t ride on your brakes!

Don’t over­lap the per­sons in front’s back wheel.

Point out any ob­sta­cles on the road, e.g. class, pot holes, road kill.

Don’t look be­hind you, as you can of­ten go off course. Other tips: Al­ways take a wide berth around parked cars. Car doors. Ouch!

Al­ways look ahead when you are rid­ing, not straight down.

Make sure you have lights at night.

Tell some­one where you are go­ing; take a cell phone, and a few dol­lars.

Hash house har­ri­ers: The run this week will be from Ra’s Bar in Rose­bery Mall.

Be there for a walk or a jog, – the mys­tery trail stops and starts so the fit ones sort out the ‘‘mys­tery’’ and call us to the cor­rect trail.

Each Wed­nes­day night we have about an hour’s light ex­er­cise with a walker’s trail and a run­ner’s trail – of­ten to­gether. Con­tact Graeme Suther­land 886 5993

Su­per­sports 2013: En­try forms are now avail­able from Sport Waikato – Swanston Street, and Mor­risays.

Or visit http:// www. sports­ground. co. nz/ su­per­sports Su­per­sports 2013 is 22 – 24 Fe­bru­ary 2013.

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