Too slow going down hills

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purpletrilady    pirate
10/04/2010 at 10:45

I'm sure this has been covered before but I couldn't find the thread.

I'm am still really cr@p going down hills. Most places I cycle are hilly and I've really improved my leg strength and speed up hills and on the flat is improving, but down hill I am such a woos. I sit on the brakes and go pathetically slowly.

Any ideas how I can improve??

10/04/2010 at 10:48

<eagerly waits for advice on this> 

I'm terrified going down hills.  Especially if theres a bend in the road too.

Iron Pingu    pirate
10/04/2010 at 10:54
Joins thread for a lurk ... think I'm slower going down hills than I am going up!
10/04/2010 at 11:26

I'm with you there,too. One solution is to disconnect your brakes .

The answer is likely to be that you get faster as you gain experience and confidence. I'm fairly happy letting everyone else zoom past me on the downhills, then start pushing before the bottom when it's slower anyway, so I've got a bit of momentum for the uphill. Rather that than ending up in a ditch .

10/04/2010 at 11:32

I'm slow up and downhill

and on the flat

even with a following wind

10/04/2010 at 11:57
me too . If the road is clear then on occasion i will fly down and quite enjoy it but as soon as I hear the engine of a car behind me then thats it...hands back on brakes. Not logical really as if the car was going to hit me then it would hit me whether I was going fast or slow!
10/04/2010 at 13:08
Confidence and practice. I'm from a mountain biking background and have tentatively done some proper downhilling in France and Whistler once you've done that going fast on a road bike downhill feels very safe !! Just practice thats all I can say. I do think that my MTBing has given me a distinctive advantage so I would suggest if you have a MTB maybe give that a try on some proper MTB tracks. I was quite smug on a training weekend as my bike skills far exceeded a lot of the people there although they were far fitter and faster than me
10/04/2010 at 18:27

It's practice, practice and more practice. It also helps riding behind an experienced rider and following their line down the hill. Been doing some of that lately with our trainer.  I'm ok on the aerobars on a fairly steep hill as long as it's not too twisty - if there's a lot of sharp bends I tend to brake too. There's a massive climb near here that our club triathlon goes over, it's 11km to the top but the downhill is really scary, quite steep and very long, there's a few bends but the worst is near the bottom, it's a horseshoe, I brake so hard there I'm almost standing still when I go round it!

Agree absolutely about MTB, it's wonderful for teaching you better bike handling skills. Need to get out more on mine.

M...eldy    pirate
10/04/2010 at 18:40
Being a total girl down hills ....  when you feel like you are going to hit the brakes,  count to 3 (or 4 or 5) and each time you go out extend the counting by 1 or 2 ..  I find that works and those extra seconds get you a little bit further down the hill and then I open my eyes 
10/04/2010 at 20:29
M...eldy wrote (see)
.......I find that works and those extra seconds get you a little bit further down the hill and then I open my eyes 

10/04/2010 at 21:03

Go cycling with Waff and follow her. The girl is fearless.

Best with lots of whooping (to cover the nervous laughter).

Edited: 10/04/2010 at 21:03
10/04/2010 at 21:25
I used to be rubbish, now I am average (although been 50 a couple of times). My tip is to descend on the drops and not the hood - you get a much better braking position.
M...eldy    pirate
10/04/2010 at 21:26
Feck Riiiiiiiight Off Mr Gumps !!!    
10/04/2010 at 21:34

I am the complete opposite!!!, I can't help but go down any hill without going hell for leather!!!, I am always trying to beat my top speed record (32.8mph).

I have always been a bit of a speed freak, one of the reasons I sold my motorbike!

Tommygun2    pirate
10/04/2010 at 21:55

As seen on the little Devil I can't go uphills but I can go down them. 43mph top speed down river hill.

The secret is to not worry about your wellbeing and what happens happens.

just go for it ........wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo down hills, it make up for the slow ascents in my case.

My top speed ever was 51 mph following a car down a long straight decnt never agin though, that was scary

10/04/2010 at 22:08
I'm thinking I may be a bit of a speed freak............awfully slow going up but love the downs.......34.5mph being the fastest so far and I didn't poop my pants!!  Bonus.
Tommygun2    pirate
10/04/2010 at 22:12

oh my ky brod dost seem tbe wrking prprly

or is it on ber to mny... hic

10/04/2010 at 22:14
According to my Garmin, my top speed is 196.2mph...
Tommygun2    pirate
10/04/2010 at 22:37
Iron Pingu    pirate
10/04/2010 at 22:47
I actually got off my bike the other week and pushed it down the hill it was so steep.  I'd forgotten about that till just now, that's quite bad isn't it
Edited: 10/04/2010 at 22:48
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