You Should Know
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