Cornering in a White Dress

One of the most important skills on a bicycle is knowing how to turn properly or “corner.”  You will corner at some point, perhaps even several times, to reach your destination. As a result, I thought I’d demonstrate some finer points for safe cornering.

First look where you want to turn.  Early preparation is good.  A quick glance is all you need. You don’t want to lose sight of what’s directly in front of you.

Look where you want to turn.
Look where you want to go.

Always “cover your brakes,” which means, keep your fingers on your brake levers. You may need to use them quickly. Squeeze both evenly. I have disc brakes on the eZee Sprint which are very effective in unison. Only squeezing the back brake could result in the back wheel locking up and a skid. Using the front brake alone could result in going over the handlebars or the wheel locking up and sliding out from under you. Using both results in greater maneuverability and being able to stop quickly.

I use two fingers to cover each of my brakes.
I use two fingers to cover each of my brakes.

Before turning, reduce your speed by using both brakes. When you have reached a safe speed, let go of your brakes and lean into your turn.  It’s safer not to brake while you are turning, especially in slippery or wet conditions. Keep your head up and look where you want to go.

Leaning into the turn
Leaning and looking.

Avoid pedestrians. Pedestrians have the right of way while crossing a street but they aren’t looking for you because you aren’t a noisy car.

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It’s better to turn directly into the correct lane. On this street, the far left lane is full of parked cars. I entered the middle lane immediately. If a car were following me (too closely), changing lanes at the last minute could be dangerous.

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Don’t forget to lock your bicycle securely upon arrival.

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And a quick shake and finger comb gets rid of helmet hair.

Veronika Maine dress, Geox heels, J.Crew cuff, Dior sunglasses, Cartier Santos watch, Yakkay helmet, Linus Eleanor handbag, eZee Sprint bicycle.

Happy Cycling!

x Sarah

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