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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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10 things you need to know about Trail braking:-

Trail braking is often misunderstood, causing many riders to avoid learning the technique. I often hear people say that they think trail braking is a technique used only by performance riders and road racers. Not true.

This braking technique is actually quite important for safe and skillful cornering. The first rule for safe cornering is to enter a turn at a safe speed.

Read full article @https://www.ridinginthezone.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-trailbraking/

This article is posted for the safety of all riders. Ride Safe , Be Safe.
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I've been practicing trail braking for the past 6 months and it has made a world of difference in my riding. Corners are so much more fun at speed and with so much more control. Learn it, live it, and you will love it!
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This is a great video to help understand the kind of pressure to apply while trail braking. Notice you're forks whenever you come to a nice soft controlled stop. Also, when first practicing, try applying a little early so that your suspension has a moment to settle before starting the turn. Whatever you do, don't stab the brake or chop the throttle.

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Smooth release of the front brake is key to keeping the suspension from becoming upset. Especially on bikes with budget suspension.

Where I live there are very few curves you can take at speed because they are blind and the likelihood of a tractor, debris, gravel, etc. just out of your vision is pretty high.

We also have very few curves where you can take advantage of the entire lane because the gravel tends to build up in the middle and the edge of the lane.

We have a lot of curves and hills here but they come with challenges that if ignored could end up bad for the unaware.

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I've used "trail-braking" for as long as I can remember.

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