The high-pitched hum of tyres rolling on perfectly smooth asphalt is mesmerising. Too bad pavement is rarely perfectly smooth.
Not to worry: A little preparation – and the proper cycling skills and techniques – will get you over, around, or through cracks, gravel, even deep potholes.
To master road hazards, begin in the basic ‘ready’ position, says Seamus McGrath, a performance cycling coach. Hover over your saddle with your weight on the pedals, feet level, your body shifted slightly toward the rear. Keep your head up, and eyes scanning down the road for potential hazards.
Rule of Thumb: Float over the saddle, don’t sink into it.