It's good that you notice when you do this, as that is often the first step to correcting the issue. What else could you do to help keep your arms relaxed?Tightening up my arms too much mid corner.
If I hit potholes I overcompensate and one day it'll end in a tank slapper or running wide.
Just reminding myself during tight corners to relax the leading arm and pushing my body position forward a little helps.
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Yes, this is important. Is there anything else you could do to help keep your upper body relaxed even when riding in cold weather?Tightening up my body in cold weather. It's not dangerous, just tiring. I have to remind myself to relax and loosen up my shoulders every few miles.
Yeah, this. It's why I'm always checking in my mirrors.I don't know if it would be classified as road rage because I'm really not out of control but I have a major problem with cars riding my tail. Especially when I'm normally running 5-10 miles over the posted speed limit. My normal response is to give a couple looks at them in the mirrors and a head shake. If that doesn't get the point across, I'll give a look over my shoulder and a "back off" signal with my hand (with a full open hand and not just the 1 finger that I'm tempted to give).
Had a lady in a big SUV up my butt yesterday on my way home with her cell in 1 hand and Starbucks in the other. Had to resort to the "back off" signal while looking over my shoulder and came within a couple inches of riding off the road as there was a slight bend in the road while I was doing it.
So I guess my bad riding habit could be getting distracted by idiot cagers but as we all know, if you don't ride with your head on a swivel, bad things can happen.
I hate it when that happens! The worst is when you have a close call that snaps you out of your funk - when that happens, the adrenaline makes me knackered and when I get off the bike I just want to sleep.Zoning out on a long ride, all of a sudden I will realize that I don't remember anything for the last xx miles and half hour.
Bud kind of addressed this. I was taught to just keep the very tip of my right boot on the brake pedal. That way, during threshold braking, the weight transfer from rear to front would cause you to put the right amount of pressure on the brake pedal without mashing it and locking up the rear wheel.Ya, dirt biking can add some very good skills to road riding but it can also pass on some bad habits. Too much rear brake can be an issue. How can you work on preventing this bad habit?
From a lifetime of driving manual transmission cars, I am used to pretty heavy downshifting when slowing down. In the car the upside is brake pads last forever. But on the bike ... I come damn close to locking up the rear wheel downshifting coming up to a stop light. I get a little chirp from the rear wheel sometimes. I need to stop that.
I drive stick shifts with 3 feet.From a lifetime of driving manual transmission cars, I am used to pretty heavy downshifting when slowing down. In the car the upside is brake pads last forever. But on the bike ... I come damn close to locking up the rear wheel downshifting coming up to a stop light. I get a little chirp from the rear wheel sometimes. I need to stop that.