I saw this on another forum. Just wanted to know you guys think of rider's form/concentration or lack thereof ................................the caption below was attached to video.....................................
1. First off, this is a link to a video I made. I put it here in the hopes it would get more visibility.
There have been quite a few riders going down this season that we know personally and who we only know as screen names on this site.
So I put this video together and named it "Read The Signs"
These "signs" are not the only contributing factors to single bike accidents they are surely part.
These are the signs you get when you hop on the bike and you are feeling like you have to force the bike to do what you want. Your head just may not be in the right place to fully execute the bike through the corners at the rate of speed you want. Or you may be thinking of other things than the ride. Maybe you are too tired. Whatever the reason, "read" these signs and adjust your behavior accordingly. The signs will be there and most of us will notice them and will compensate the way we are riding. It is hard to do for some people sometimes if in a group. You may feel you have something to prove, but no one does. You will look really stupid when you are picking up your bike from off the ground or out of the ditch.
We all have to be humble when it comes to our abilities. You will always be faster than someone else, and there will always be someone faster than you.
Personally I think the only ones capable of forcing the bike to do what is needed regardless of ones current physical/mental state is the professionals. Even at that they can't do it 100%.
The following video is of a rider on this site who went down Memorial day. On a ride with our usual group of guys who also are on this site. The rider in question here is a very accomplished rider. Anyone who will follow him will usually comment on how smooth and precise this individual rides. He also has a habit of falling to the back of the group if he doesn't feel like his head is into the ride. This is one of the signs I speak of. For whatever reason on this day he failed to read the signs being presented to him. As you watch the video you will see them as well and ultimately this is what led to what you will see at the end of the clip. Our group wasn't going at a hair raising speed as you will see. However was still a spirited ride. This rider featured here could have made the turn(easily) however didn't. Mostly because it wasn't his day to ride the pace he chose to ride. While he is capable of the pace it just wasn't today. For whatever reason that was...he will only be the one who will truly know.
I submit this to remind those that are experienced and may forget that we aren't invincible, "I know I think I am at times" and to the new riders here who have the new experience of owning and riding a bike. From beginner to experienced we all will continue to learn from our experiences and mistakes.__________________