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    What should I do if I ride off into the gravel?  
       
    I want to say that I am not an expert on this, but I do want to share what little I know about riding in gravel. I have ridden street motorcycles off and on for 25 years, and have tried to carry some of that experience into my bike riding. On CO I ran off into gravel several times, usually trying to ride too close to the edge while making room for faster riders, or a car. When that happened, I did not try to regain the road right away. I continued to pedal and rode in the gravel until the bike was stable. Sometimes I had to pedal quite hard to keep going until I found a place where the edge was low enough to get back up on the pavement. On one occasion, I had to try 3 or 4 times before I made it on the road. Each time I had to start over and stabilize the bike, before I tried again. One thing I am sure of is that you don't want to make any sudden steering inputs or your front wheel will either wash out or dig in and pitch you off. To sum it up, relax your grip on the bars and "ride the gravel" until you are in control, then ride out of the gravel.

Phil Ford

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
           
             
       
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