Cornering is a general term for the bikers, motorbikers or drivers. It requires the application of specific techniques and extensive practice. It is risky, as well. Cornering a bike requires leaning it closer to the road while the biker is riding the bike, so there are a few steps to do it smoothly.
It is always suggested to the bikers to take a slow approach while cornering as a simple mistake can lead to an accident that to fatal one and cost a lot.
While riding a bike, it is natural to be too excited to slow down the bike and follow techniques for cornering, especially when it is an MTB.
However, there is no other way to ensure the safety of the rider while cornering. Tricky techniques must be applied consciously and carefully. So, let us explain how we can corner on a mountain bike.
While cornering makes sure to slow down the speed. It is better to slow down the bike at a low level so that handling the bike during cornering becomes easy. You can be a skilled mountain biker, but you must not overestimate your skills while cornering.
Do not slow the speed down all of a sudden. Start slowing down from a bit far. It will ensure a smooth cornering and will turn the bike safely. Use the slow speed technique and drag the brake by the corner.
Avoid using the brake while cornering. The wheels are already doing too much work during cornering so further stressing them up by braking will worsen the situation.
When you become sure about cornering a bike at a faster speed after extensive practice, you can gradually increase the speed while cornering. Remember more than fast pace what matters in cornering is the smoothness.
Being alert right before cornering is essential. Hold the handlebars in such a way that you can use them the moment you need to. Do not hold the handlebars too tightly while cornering. The right amount of grip is the requirement here. Pulling the handlebars towards the biker will turn the front wheel, which can prove to be fatal.
So, push them towards the corner. Don’t put pressure on the arms. Put all the weight on the feet instead. Cornering can be nerve-racking, but always try to keep the body relaxed. Tensing the body up will only make cornering difficult.
Scan the corner
The adjustment of the speed depends on three factors. Those three factors decide whether you will be successful in cornering the bike or not. All these factors need a thorough scanning and assessment of the road.
The three factors we are talking about are the sharpness of the corner, the width of the road, and the grip of the road surface. As we said, cornering requires attentiveness, and the scanning needs to be done within a few seconds only.
However, there is nothing complicated about scanning as these factors are all interconnected and require just a glance. Trees and streetlights are the indicators of the sharpness of the corner and seeing them mean the exit is near.
Adjust the speed upon seeing it. The wide road gives space to choose a line, and if the surface is not grippy, even then you have to adjust the speed. Always look ahead on the road. The point your eyes are focusing on will eventually be the point where your body and later your bike will pull.
Twist the hip and separate the body
Swing and twist the hips to the outside of the bike and lean the bike towards the inside of the corner. Keep the body weight closer to the bike. It helps to maintain control on the bike. Slowly going in and coming out faster should be the approach of cornering. Keep the knees out while leaning the bike. Do not hang off the bike too much.
Concentrate more on the footwork
Precise footwork ensures smooth cornering. Footwork refers to pedaling and the amount of pressure the foot should put on the pedal while cornering. Don’t pedal while you are cornering and keep the inside pedal upwards so that it doesn’t collide with the road. Put all the pressure on the outside pedal.
The pressure on the external pedal must be applied right before you are closest to the inside of the corner. The closest to the inside of a corner is known as apex corner, and the applied pressure is termed as pressure control. It ensures fast yet smooth cornering.
Riding a bike is full of fun, thrill, and excitement. You add cornering to it, and that adds a rush of adrenaline along with fast heartbeat. It gets tough to keep calm.
So, if we follow the steps and practice cornering, again and again, it will not only make us a pro in corner on a mountain bike but also help us to keep the cool even in the sharpest of the corners.
The suggestion from us will be to control the speed always. Practice will make you efficient but cannot guarantee you the safety but controlling the speed will. So, be aware and follow all the steps of cornering.