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Bicycling (South Africa) - - Inside - by Bi­cy­cling staff

How to avoid cy­cling stuff-ups.

F Don’t be too cool for school. “At var­sity, I rode off a wall in front of 50 class­mates, but my foot slipped off the pedal; I ended up on the top tube with a gouge in my shin,” says Daniel Sapp, con­tribut­ing gear tester. Use what you have – but take it easy. “I dinged my chin on a rock on my birth­day, down­hilling on a cheap hard­tail,” says fea­tures edi­tor Glo­ria Liu. Some­times... just put a foot down. “I grabbed a pole at a robot in­stead of clip­ping out, and promptly top­pled over. Turns out it was one of those flex­i­ble plastic bol­lards,” says con­tribut­ing writer Joe Lind­sey. “The guy in the car next to me nearly wet him­self.” Don’t day­dream too hard. “I caught my wheel be­tween the slats on a bridge and tipped over,” says edi­tor-in­chief Leah Flickinger. And con­tain your stoke at the trail­head. Se­nior as­so­ciate edi­tor Tay­lor Ro­jek was so ex­cited to shred she “tried to turn in too small a cir­cle... I hit the ground be­fore the ride even started.”

5 WORDS OR LESS “Clip out be­fore the in­ter­sec­tion.” Katie Fo­gel, as­sis­tant dig­i­tal edi­tor

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