The rock dodge technique is an emergency bicycle maneuver that allows the rider to avoid hazard without having to change road position. Every bicyclist has to know how to execute this technique as this is basic in bicycle safety.
The rock dodge technique is important when you are pinned between a gutter and a car and there’s a rock or any obstacle on the road.
How is the rock dodge technique executed?
Remember that with this maneuver, your front wheel is more important than your rear. Basically, you steer with your front wheel. Executing this technique is quite simple, just before you hit the hazard on the road, jerk your front wheel around it and then back.
In order to use this technique properly, you have to look ahead, identify the hazard, and note its distance. Other road obstacles may be ahead that you’ll have time to prepare for them. Remember to focus on riding on a straight line while moving your bicycle around the obstacle.
Your Body and Rear Wheel
Your body must continue straight over the obstacle while your bicycle moves around it. To help you maneuver your bicycle, stand up with on your pedals’ level. If you know you will hit the hazard with you rear wheel, un-weight your rear wheel by lifting your weight off your saddle. Ideally, you must not hit the hazard with either wheel. You should practice this maneuver to be able to do so. Slightly lean forward to get your rear wheel around or over the hazard.
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Watch this video to learn how to properly execute the rock dodge technique.