The quick stop technique is a bicycling maneuver that would help you avoid injuries during an emergency. This is basic in bicycle safety which everyone who rides a bike needs to learn.
What is the quick stop technique?
The term itself clearly explains what this technique is. It is a sudden stop that will allow you to stop your bicycle safely. This is mainly done to avoid an obstacle. When executing this technique, make sure you maintain control of your bicycle.
How does the quick stop technique work?
Remember that your front brake has the most power. However, it can cause a crash if you don’t use it correctly. Either brake causes your weight to shift forward, increasing the power of your front brake. You have to properly adjust your brakes to gain maximum braking control.
To execute to quick stop technique, you have to shift your weight back over your rear. To do this, slide behind your saddle. Use your arms to push your bicycle out in front of you. Keep your handlebars straight and don’t attempt to turn.
To avoid the over-the-bar incident, pratice using your front brake. Remember that pressing too hard on your front brake will cause your weight to shift forward. To stop safely, apply more front brake than your rear, then slightly release your brake if your rear wheel skids.
Compared to the front brake, the rear brake has less stopping power. Remember that your rear wheel would most likely to skid if you put too little weight on it, and this will cause the over-the-handlebar incident.
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Watch this short video to learn how the quick stop technique is properly executed.
Important Note: this video was done in Britain, which is why the guy signals to the right. In the US, bicyclists should signal to the left.