Instant stop?

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  1. repiV

    repiV New Member

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    Hi,

    I've heard a fair bit about the technique of swinging the handlebars 90 degrees to stop instantly, but I've never had the guts to try it out. I live in London so it's generally a good idea to prepare for any eventuality - I have a Ridgeback Cyclone with slick tyres...if I ever need to stop VERY quickly should I do this? If so, how? Will it trash my tyres?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. khslater

    khslater New Member

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    I've never heard of such a thing. But I would guess it would work pretty good at stopping the bike very quickly. I'm also guessing it would trash your face.
     
  3. lumpy

    lumpy New Member

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    Sounds like a great way to stop your bike. I suspect you would keep going though :eek:
     
  4. rek

    rek New Member

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    Doing it will most likely destroy your fork, tyres and wheelset.

    It's meant to be an ultimate 110% last resort move to reduce your speed before hitting something big enough to put you into hospital.
     
  5. cd667

    cd667 New Member

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    Keep your v-brakes in good order and they'll stop you as well as this techniqe. Rek was right, it's only something to do when you really have to - to be honest, with v-brakes you shouldn't ever need to do this.

    If you really have to
    1)turn the bars 90 degrees
    2)keep your weight as far back as possible as the front wheel collapses or you'll somersault the bars and land on your head. Nasty.

    Chris
     
  6. skareb

    skareb New Member

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    why turn the bars at 90degree? if you must then I suggest you just lean all the way until you hit the ground, at least you get only nasty scratches instead of an endo and reshape your face ...
     
  7. repiV

    repiV New Member

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    Thanks people.
     
  8. gruppo

    gruppo New Member

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    This is one time when your instincts were on your side. It would have certainly been a very messy and costly experiment!
     
  9. repiV

    repiV New Member

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    Certainly would have :)
     
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