by Fred Matheny
The next time you take a corner at speed, think about where you’re looking.
Many bicycle riders stare directly in front of their wheel, looking for debris, cracks or potholes. As a result, they take a poor line or they don’t notice even more dangerous obstacles farther ahead.
The solution is to “sweep” the whole corner with your eyes before you enter. Just before you begin the turn, look through it to visualize the correct line.
If it’s a right-hander, you’ll want to enter the corner wide from the left of your lane, then cut nearly straight across the apex of the turn. This will put you close to the curb or road edge. Drift wide again to maintain speed as you exit the turn, putting you near the lane’s left side (traffic allowing, of course).
The trick is to visualize this line just before you begin to lean the bike. Spot anything in the way so you can make adjustments smoothly without risking control.
Remember, the bike goes where you look. Focus on the best line all the way through the turn and that’s the path your wheels will take.