Stage 1 of the Tour de France saw plenty of crashes. The riders had to use serious skills just to stay upright. Here are eight common road hazards and how to avoid hitting the deck.
Former Olympian and cycling coach David Brinton rides bikes for a living—and as a professional stuntman, he used to get paid to crash them, too. Brinton shares some advice on how he handles his bike in common road hazards.
Cobbled and Brick Roads
“Avoid death-gripping the handlebar,” says Brinton, “and use your arms as a suspension system for the rest of your body.” Push a bigger gear than normal, which floats your butt just above the saddle. Just like in mountain biking, let the bike find its own, natural line through cobbles. On brick roads, slot into the path smoothed out by car tyres.