TeamCBC Cycling Tip – How to Deal with Bad Roads

Last year several roads were repaved such as Pea Ridge and Tody Goodwin. However, there are still several that are in bad shape, especially Old Route 1 and Chapel Hill Road. Here are some tips on how to deal with these roads:

Be Prepared
1. Know your route – be aware of what is ahead
2. Lower your tire air pressure – this will help you absorb the bumps
Look ahead
1. Keep your head up and look for potholes before it’s too late
2. If you’re in a group, look and listen for riders pointing out holes or bumps
Bunny Hop
1. Learn to “bunny hop” – it’s helpful if it’s too late to go around the obstacle
2. See the video link below on how to “bunny hop”
Puddles
1. Avoid them if possible – there could be something in one that could cause a puncture
2. Depending on the depth, this could cause you to lose control
Technique
1. Keep your hands on the tops if you’re riding alone or on the hoods if you’re riding in a group. Your grip should be firm, but not too tight.
2. Lower your cadence to 70-80 and increase your speed. High cadence causes you to bounce around too much on the saddle.
Point Out Potholes
1. This may seem obvious, but some riders forget to do it
2. This is not only courteous, but it is also safer
Wider Tires
1. If you’re going to ride regularly on rough roads, a wider tire will be more comfortable
2. They will also reduce the chance of pinch flats.

Quote of the week: “In the Spring, I have counted 136 kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Mark Twain

Here is a video on how to bunny hop:

Here is a video that demonstrates how to deal with rough roads:
https://youtu.be/bNb2BNt6iQ8

Stay safe!
Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC

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