Watch Your Line (Second Edition): Techniques to Improve Road Cycling Skills

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This book presents a systematic approach to improving road cycling skills and efficiency. The author presents the "Four-P's" to orient, organize, reinforce, and remind the rider of the principles presented: - Position - Pedal - Precision - Practice An overview of proper positioning and bike fit is presented in the Position chapter, followed by recommendations and drills for developing and maintaining a smooth pedal stroke in the Pedal chapter. Discussion and techniques to reduce rider negative inputs to the bicycle are discussed in the Precision chapter. Finally, the author presents numerous drills in the Practice chapter to develop and refine the road bike handling skills discussed. The book is targeted at the intermediate cyclist interested in developing and improving road bike handling skills. The material will also be beneficial to the beginner cyclist, and includes advanced techniques and tips for the fast recreational rider or racer. The updated second edition has been expanded with over 40 figures, 7 tables, skill drills, and additional references.

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Preface to the First Edition

This book is provided as a collection of recommendations to improve road bike handling skills.  If you are reading this, I thank you for interest and appreciate your desire to improve your cycling skills.
By improving our skills we make cycling more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe.  While this book is generally targeted to the intermediate cyclist, I hope that the principles, techniques, recommendations and drills will resonate with cyclists of all levels.
I believe a smooth cyclist is a more efficient and safer cyclist.  A more efficient cyclist may be able to ride tempo and climb more efficiently, saving valuable energy and time.  A safer cyclist will pose less risk to themselves and other cyclists in a group or fast paceline.  I also believe a smooth cyclist is better received by the non-cycling public, which might possibly reduce motorist-on-cyclist aggression.  By demonstrating smooth, confident, and predictable pace and handling, we show other cyclists, motorists, and creatures that we belong sharing the road.
This book consolidates many of the ideas, principles, and observations I have developed over several decades of riding.  By writing down these lessons learned, I hope to provide objective and constructive recommendations for us all to review, contemplate, and implement, at our leisure and convenience.
When I started researching road bike handling skills, many references I found were focused on off-road riding.  I decided to provide some of my lessons-learned for the road cyclist. Most of the points presented in this text were conceived, refined, and tested during solo and group rides.  I rejected and consolidated numerous concepts in an attempt to strengthen the content, and reduce repetition.
I also hope to reach more cyclists through this book, since I unfortunately can not ride with each of you.  I hope you gain a measure of the satisfaction and payback reviewing this text, and applying the principles, that I have had in writing and revising it.  It is my sincere desire that the principles and practices contained here will improve your cycling.

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This book presents a systematic approach to improving road cycling skills, efficiency, and safety.   The author presents the "Four P'sfor PositionPedalPrecisionand Practice to orient, organize, reinforce, and remind the rider of the principles presented.Position:  Provides an overview of proper fit and positioning on the bicycle.Pedal :  Provides recommendations for developing and maintaining a smooth and consistent pedal stroke.Precision:  Discusses issues affecting bicycle control and techniques to reduce rider influence on the bicycle.Practice:  Provides drills to develop, refine, and maintain road bike handling skills.

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