THE 10 TRAPS OF THE ROAD TO BE AVOIDED BY BIKE
Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, the road is full of dangers. We often think of the motorist, who for a tiny minority, does not respect the cyclists that we are. However, many other dangers lie in wait for the two-wheeler that we are and if we do not pay attention, can quickly send us to the carpet. Depending on weather conditions, certain road sections may also be more dangerous.
At the key, a beautiful scare, broken material or even a fracture. Here are some tips that will help you reduce the risk of falls or accidents. Moreover, if you drive in a group, do not forget to use the language of cycling signs to warn your fellow travelers.
Undoubtedly one of the most known “pitfalls” of the cyclist. Often dreaded in turn, as it always surprises. It will be necessary to make sure to slow down before the wheels are on this layer of gravel and straighten his bike at that time. This is why you should always look far enough to anticipate.
Any slope in the gravel could cause you to feel bitumen, which is never pleasant. If you are driving in groups, of course, you should warn your colleagues who are behind you so they are not surprised and can anticipate their speed and trajectory.
Holes, “potholes” or pebbles
An obstacle that must be learned to anticipate to be able to modify its trajectory. A small hole will often be inconsequential, but if it is larger, it may unbalance you and cause a fall.
Moreover, even if it does not result in a fall, depending on its size and the speed at which you approach it, a hole could cause a puncture by perforation of the inner tube or even damage the rim.
Same effect if a pebble or other obstacle is on the road, falling from the mountain or truck (board, …).
On certain sections of the road, we are still confronted with dead leaves present in mass. Leaves that become very slippery if it is a bit damp.
Also, leaves have this unfortunate tendency to mask other traps, such as holes or gravel. Avoid them.
Other danger in wet weather, the great white stripes. If it is raining or raining, these are real traps because the grip on these parts of the road is reduced to the hide of sorrow.
As with gravel, you will need to anticipate and reduce your speed before the tires are not in contact with this paint and avoid too much leaning.
Fortunately, more and more often, the road services now add sand or crushed shells once the strips are repainted so that they are much more catchy and do not cause the fall of two-wheeled vehicles.
Sewers and rails of all kinds
Sewerage is very common, especially in the city. Moreover, although in general, the openings are perpendicular to our direction of march, it may happen that they have not been put back on the right track and that these openings are parallel to the road. The problem, it may happen that some very narrow tires are wedged in these holes, especially in foreign countries where the openings are wider than in France.
Also, beware of “smooth” sewer plates that are slippery in rainy weather.
Same problem for the rails. Although the cyclist is required to approach them perpendicularly, it may happen that they are approached at an angle (this is the case, for example, with the tram tracks in the city). In this case, you will have to deport yourself before arriving at the track (having been careful to look if no other user is passing you) to cross the rails as perpendicularly possible.
Hydrocarbons in Roundabouts
A situation that one apprehends more by motorcycle than by bicycle, but which can also cause a fall, it is the hydrocarbon leaks (mainly gasoil) on the outside of the roundabouts. A situation that is mostly found on the roundabouts near service stations.
Much more surprising than the winter ice, which appears only in negative temperatures, the famous summer glacier is no less dangerous.
It forms during small showers or drizzles and the first half-hour of rain. It is here that the hydrocarbons absorbed by the first layer of macadam are raised to the surface of the bitumen. These hydrocarbons, less dense than water, rise to the surface of the bitumen and form an extremely slippery film, a mixture of dust, gum, hydrocarbons and water.
In this situation, only an appropriate speed and excellent anticipation to avoid sudden braking will allow you not to fall.
Frost and ice
Winter situations par excellence. Do you think you should be safe from just actual temperatures, between 0 ° and 3 °? Error.
For if the temperature is 3 °, it may happen that you pass in a place sheltered from the sun … or exposed to a cold wind. In this case, if it has been wet, ice sheets or frost may be present on the road. It is for this reason that in cars, the glacier alerts appear as soon as the outside temperature is less than 3 ° and not 0 °.
These areas are spotted thanks to their glossy appearance on the road. A single reflex, slow down and go as straight as possible. Moreover, if the area is quite extensive, do not hesitate to remove a slipway to prevent any slip. If the area is very long,
Doors and windows
The urban cyclist will often have to be wary of these doors that open without warning. This is why you should always leave enough space between the parked cars and you.
Watch out for the doors of cars in general and taxis in particular.
In the mountains
It is especially on the descents that you will have to be wary, in blind corners. Cattle can be found on the roadway. If you arrive drum beating without having anticipated the probability of an animal (cow, sheep, …) on your way, you might end up ashore.
So once again, anticipate. Launched at more than 45km / h, your stopping distance is much longer downhill than on the flat.
Another danger associated with the presence of these animals, the dung but also the mud left by the agricultural machines. On certain sections of the road, dung may cover the width of the roadway and are slippery if wet or cool. As in rainy weather, slow down and go as straight as possible.
Of course, these traps are only part of all the traps that lie ahead for cyclists. If you have already faced other pitfalls, feel free to comment.