What You’ll Learn: We give you three options on how to safely and quickly maneuver your bike through gravel, sand or mud when the situation presents itself. (Read more)
What We Say: Don’t get stuck in the mud, just do The Paddle, The Pull or The Push. We show you how.
Advice From The RA Community: Kevin says, “If I could add something, I’d say the best possible way to handle gravel is to take a little extra effort when parking the bike so that it is pointed in the right direction to ride it out when you leave…”
What You’ll Learn: Nine tried and true things you can do to give yourself more comfort in the saddle during those extra long rides. (Read more)
What We Say: We show you how altering your ergonomics and your aerodynamics can significantly increase your distance tolerance. Plus, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Advice From The RA Community: Eric Shay says, “I’ve found that wearing a backpack keeps my back straighter, and more comfortable.”
What You’ll Learn: How not to stall your bike or find yourself in the creek when crossing deep water on the road less traveled. (Read more)
What We Say: We’ll show you how to choose the best entry and exit path, how fast to go and where to put your body weight.
Advice From The RA Community: DaveDawsonAlaska says, “Hit the kill switch before you go under. Hope the air filter stops any sand or mud from being sucked in.”
What You’ll Learn: We tell you when you are least visible to motorists, where to position your bike in the lane to raise your profile and what time of day to absolutely avoid riding if at all possible. (Read more)
What We Say: Low sun can be more hazardous when you are on a bike but we can put the odds in your favor.
Advice From The RA Community: Kevin says, “Stay to the outside of the lane when stopping – I would do this 100% of the time you’re on the road. Pattern recognition habits make motorcycles almost invisible when the brain expects to see a car. Move to the edge of the lane and you actually become more visible as you break the pattern recognition mold.”
What You’ll Learn: How to react and gain control when a tire looses traction and you find yourself in a slide.
What We Say: Practice makes perfect. Repetition reduces fear, so get out on an old dirt bike and low-speed slide till you can ride it out every time.
Advice From The RA Community: RyanO says, “Ride it out and slide it LIKE A BOSS!”
Want more? Look to the How To section of our navigation bar for these riding tips and many more. Once there you’ll also find stories about living with and maintaining your bike, plus how to choose the right gear for your style of riding.
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