Some of the best roads are through canyons or in the mountains. Great views, fresh air and camping! But how to ride in those twisty canyon roads? I recently did a ride through Azusa Canyon in the San Gabriels and it's the sort of road that's hilly and has some twists and turns. A few stretches on an Oregon coast tour were like that as well. It's the sort of roads that if your mother knew you were riding on a bike, she'd probably have a heart attack.
I stumbled upon this video (actually made by a LAB instructor that I know) that shows some good riding techniques in narrow canyon roads. He made it in response to the accident in Mandville Canyon here in Los Angeles to show that it can be ridden safely without mass anarchy.
Worth a look. Some good techniques that I generally practice like taking the lane on fast downhills to discourage passing and trying to keep a good sight line at all times.
Any other canyon road aficionados? What techniques do you guys employ when you ride roads like these?
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