The 10 commandments when descending

After ascending for kilometres, the descent feels like the reward. Nevertheless, certain rules apply to enjoy it to the max. 

Ten rules to follow when descending


Tyres inflated, brake check (pads and levers), wheels tightened, etc. 

The straps form a V-shape around the ear. Buckle snaps below the chin without being too tight by touching the skin.

Please note: a bike helmet has a five-year lifespan. 

Sunglasses or transparent sports glasses protect your eyes from insects and anything that can hinder your vision. 

Remain seated for better tyre-road adherence.

To lower your centre of gravity

For example, if the bend turns right, your right foot is up, and you push into the left foot to counterbalance the shift in weight. The tighter the bend, the more you push out your knee.

To maintain balance and better brake distribution. Only use one or two fingers on the brake levers. 

To analyse and choose your trajectories and avoid any obstacles in the road: stones, gravel, animals, potholes, vehicles, slippery roadways, melted tar, etc.

When changing directions or if there are obstacles or dangers, alert anyone behind you by using hand signals or yelling out the information. 

You, not your bike, decide your speed!