I struggled with cornering on the road forever and recently went to Albuquerque, found a 13.5-mile climb with 21-switchbacks. I rode up with a group and then when going down, tailed one of the descending aces. For the first time, I got a feel of how much force I could generate in cornering and which incinations (lean). It’s crazy and I didn’t even do it on a grippy tire. You can slice-up all these different techniques but if you don’t know how much force you can make, which is probably just over 1-lateral-G, you’ll never know if you can or should push it more.
There is a ton of stuff in there that doesn’t make sense.
– Press on the outside pedal and pull on the inside pedal
How can you “press” on a pedal when flat? All you have is your body weight at the bottom of the stroke.
– Look well ahead of where you’re going as you’re cornering
– Hands in drops but sit upright. I’m not sure if I understood this correctly but I think this was his advice (this felt unintuitive as I thought bending over = lower centre of gravity)
Yes and now. Higher cg gets you through the corner with less lean. More on that below
– With proper technique you can go on wet roads almost as fast as you can on dry roads. I found this one interesting but I’m not sure I’m willing to try it
100% depends upon the surface. Polished asphalt has no grip, wet concrete is probably faster than dry asphalt.
– Keep the bike in-line with your body (don’t lean it less or more than your body)
I like to get low, lean the bike over way more than my body, then get my body lower and lower as I learn the corner or until I feel cg getting too low.
Can I please open the floor to other suggestions I’ve heard elsewhere and see what your experiences are:
– Should you push down on the outside pedal so much that your bum almost lifts from the saddle?
On fast, tight, and grippy corners, I put my inside thigh on the saddle (opposite of what you do on a motorcycle)
– Should you put weight on the inside arm?
– Do you have any thoughts on timing (entering the corner earlier vs. later; having a progressive lean up to a maximum vs. leaning the same amount throughout the corner)
Yeah, right now work on a smooth parabola, symmetrical on both sides of the apex. I have yet to find a corner where I can use enough brake force or make enough power to alter entry and apex lines much outside of a racing environment.
Pro tip: Pedaling makes front grip and makes the bike stand-up. This is huge in CX, for which nothing above crosses over, and can save your ass on the road bike.