Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: coogee beach australia
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luke - 'less room for error' also means awareness of
your road environment.. almost invariably crashes
with heavy braking could have been avoided or
minimised by - extra braking distances -
also being ready.. 'ready' means about to move,
as opposed to having brain in auto pilot..
this what car drivers often do on long stretches..
'highway hypnosis' is an example of driving
automatically, but in a state where information
may not have access to brain areas responsible for
fast reactive responses..
sitting or slumping in a car seat, immobile,
sound dampened, no wind, that white line..
riders are not 'trapped' in one position however,,
and may easily do gently movements to almost
all body parts while riding..
even with gear and helmets there is wind,
wind and other external sounds..
instead of a leaden leg resting on the accelerator
we have our right hand attached to wrist then
elbow then shoulder joints,, all with specific
brain areas and all active, especially as we
reduce or increase speeds..
another reason for not 'becoming a car'
amongst cars,, rather remaining an independent
single track vehicle and rider, regardless..
those cars can bump into each other with no
or little effect,, which could take us down or out..
constantly scan mirrors, briefly.. it becomes almost
peripheral vision to notice a change behind,
a car coming up that wasnt there last glance..
this is good for your eye muscles and vision,
not something to be avoided..
think of riding with no brakes, in the wet..
ie, as if your brakes have failed..
thus use engine braking, only accelerating
enough to do the job, and leaving enough room
should you need to slow down or stop..
[very slow riding practice, feet on pegs,
is excellent,, including for distancing etc,
encouraging you to be aware of up ahead,
thus responding by slowing etc as needed]
we are, vulnerable..
but we do have specific advantages..
especially our size and minimal road space
requirements, together with mobility
within road spaces - choosing where
we want to ride.. consider this..
thus take advantage of our advantages..
it can be an interesting challenge,,
just riding safely, including slowly..