So I take my 125lb self and actually managed to dead lift the bike up by myself. And you guessed it -...with me crying "no no no no!..." and scrambling it falls over in the other direction and crashes onto the street.
If you plan on keeping your current bike, I would look into lowering it a bit to make your riding easier. You could also consider getting a riding boot with a bit of a heel, that might help with the flatfooting as well. Oh yeah, practice riding down that driveway as well....crispywafers wrote:This is always a bit scary as I am not tall enough to have my feet flat when sitting on the bike. I also have a downhill driveway.
As long as the traffic is clear, try being a bit more "Brisk" with your starts from stop signs and lights. I ride in town with my thumb sitting over the horn button, the transition to turnsignals is then just straight up...crispywafers wrote:I annoyed some cars behind me with my slow starts from stop signs...and my lack of signaling for turns (my thumb can not seem to find the switch and I'm concentrating so much on everything else I just finally give up trying to find it).
crispywafers wrote:My downshifting is still terrible - I have a lot of engine braking when I downshift. My husband says that means I'm probably downshifting before I need to. I'm realizing that I need to up shift BEFORE I think I do and downshift LATER then I think I do.
Get back into that parking lot and practice, practice, practice. All of your slow speed manuevers will translate into better road skills.crispywafers wrote:I'm still working on my turns. I'm certainly taking slow turns (10 -20 mph) wider then I need to and so I'm trying to lean the bike more. I’m not ready yet for main roads - I'm making too many mistakes on just neighborhood turns without traffic!
My guess is that you have a death grip on those bars, ease up and you'll be fine. If you really feel like you're just not getting it, don't dispair, try a couple of hours with an instructor, one on one. You may find the more personalized attention will get through better than group lessons...crispywafers wrote:I don't know if that means my wrists/hands are wimps or that I'm gripping those bars way too hard.
Crispy, the concept that helped me most was Nick Ienatsch's "rheostat" idea: "treat the brakes like a speed rheostat, not an on/off switch. Squeeze, don't grab." (p. 24, Sport Riding Techniques) The key is the ever-progressive squeeze. Start with a moderate squeeze, as weight shifts forward and compresses the front forks, continually increase the pressure. And be smooth, smooth, smooth. You'd be surprised how much power and control is built into those brakes.crispywafers wrote:Emergency stopping was scary. When I took the MSF BRC you could grab a handful of break and it was def. a quick stop but not a ... jerky one. Man... I would not grab a handful of break on my current bike. I slowly practiced stopping faster and faster and once I stopped faster then I was expecting and nearly kissed the handlebars with my face.
Wait till your thumb starts "finding" the horn button instead of the turn signal! (we all do this, by the way!)crispywafers wrote:.......and my lack of signaling for turns (my thumb can not seem to find the switch and I'm concentrating so much on everything else I just finally give up trying to find it).