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How To Improve Your Confidence After A Crash | GCN’s Cycling Tips

How To Improve Your Confidence After A Crash | GCN’s Cycling Tips

– Confidence building is big industry. There’s like a gazillion
self-help books on the subject, many of which probably don’t
quite live up to their promise. – Fortunately, while there
is no doubt a psychological aspect to cycling, it is a
little bit simpler to build your confidence out on the bike. So, if you’re currently a little
bit nervous in the saddle, perhaps after a recent
accident on the bike, we think the following tips
will be just what you need. (techno music) – The first point is, if you are lacking in confidence a bit, it
shouldn’t be something that you then end up
beating yourself up about. It’s kind of inevitable that
you might have a few anxieties about cycling, particularly
if you’ve had a crash. I mean that can be really quite traumatic. And so, the important thing
is to actually give yourself time, go easy on yourself,
because you will end up feeling better. – With that in mind, just
start off very slowly, so if you’ve been
completely off your bike, head out on a nice gentle ride, on a road of which you’re familiar, and upon which you are very comfortable. – It’s a good idea to try
to understand exactly where your fear has come from, what specifically it is you are worried about. So, for example, it might
be that you’ve slid out on a wet corner, maybe you
crashed on a group ride because of somebody else,
or maybe a car pulled out in front of you. – Yeah, knowing the cause
can then allow you to be specific in how you address
the underlying issue. So, it may be you can
learn from a mistake, if it was indeed a
mistake that caused you to crash in the first place. Now personally, I always
find it really helpful to actually be able to understand
why something has happened. That way I can kind of
grapple with the issue. (soft techno music) – Where possible you want
to practise the relevant skills specifically. So, if you did wipe out on a corner, you shouldn’t be avoiding corners, but rather practising
them over and over again. Now, I have had two
pretty major crashes in my cycling life so far,
the first of which was when I rather absentmindedly tried
to bunny hop a tram track, totally messed it up,
and then ended going into oncoming traffic. And to this day, I confess,
I have a healthy fear of tram tracks, but that’s
because they don’t really feature in my day-to-day life very much. So, I’ve never bothered to practise or regain my confidence. – Practise really would
help you, the idea being gradually building up
either in terms of the speed that you tackle something
or the difficulty of whatever it is that you’re doing. Then you can gradually and
gently nudge the boundaries a little bit more until
eventually you’ll be back where you want to be. (soft techno music) – You can also potentially
overcome a lack of confidence by taking some practical
steps that could address any potential cause of your anxiety. So, my second major crash
was a bit of a weird one in the woods on my cycle cross bike, bizarrely ten years to the
day after the previous one. And now my anxiety that stems from that, comes from riding alone in the woods, which I’ve channelled
into a healthy respect. So now, every time I ride off-road, I have my live track shared on my GPS, I have my location shared
on my mobile phone, and I always tell someone where I’m going. And that way, I don’t
worry about it anymore. – “Fake It ‘Til You
Make It” is a well-worn self-help phrase, but
while there’s no actual scientific evidence to
suggest that holding a power-pose, or forcing a
smile can actually build your self-confidence, or lift your mood, it could be that it’s something that’s worth trying on your bike, ‘cuz there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence, and actually specific cases as
well, like riding in traffic, confidence can definitely
breed confidence. – There’s also some research out there that’s showing that motorist
tend to give cyclists more room, if they’re
riding a little bit further from the edge of the road rather than hugging the side of it, which is the opposite of
what you’ll tend to do when you’re lacking confidence. – And if it’s a skills-based
accident that you’re recovering from, it may be
worth actually proceeding a little bit with caution
in this particular instance, because actually getting
straight back on in a confident manner, if
you’ve just fallen off on a wet corner, may lead you to do exactly the same thing again. – And thinking about it
now, perhaps I would have crashed less, had I not been so confident, because too much confidence
is also a bad thing. If I’d been a bit more
nervous after each crash, and had a bit more
respect for my own limits, I probably would have
stayed upright a bit more. – Maybe, but it is a fine line, isn’t it, because in a professional race situation, you may also have got
dropped, so you kinda didn’t have all that much of a choice. But certainly, as it goes
back to our first point in the video, actually
not beating yourself up about it, is definitely the
best way to start, isn’t it? – Yeah, I think a healthy
respect for your own limits is a good thing. Gradually building back
up is also a great thing. Hopefully we’ve helped you
to do that in this video. I would love to hear what
you’re most worried about on your bike, so if you
are lacking confidence in something specific, let us
know in the comment section down below. I’m sure that there are
other viewers out there who’ve been in the same
situation who will be able to offer you their advice, too. – Yeah, and if you wanna
watch another video right now, again in a bit of a psychological way, why no check out “How To
Think Yourself Faster”. Some handy tips there on how
you can persuade your mind to unlock some hidden talent.

96 comments on “How To Improve Your Confidence After A Crash | GCN’s Cycling Tips

  1. I have had a few crashes in my days on the bike but the most violent one was back in August 2017 where I crashed on a huge decent on a road in Maryland in which I have never ridden before.  42.5 mph and I was applying the rear brake to slow a bit and hit a dip which caused the rear of the bike to get light and when it contacted the road again locked up. Needless to say I ended up and over ripping my kit to shreds and busting my helmet. I can say I was very very lucky. I managed to walk away with only some major road rash, some bruises. Although there were two medical doctors riding with us they said they are amazed I wasn't broken in half or dead. Lesson learned. Slow down on strange roads.

  2. I crashed on black ice on a curve. I am very careful of wet spots on cold mornings, but as my aches go away I forget the fear and trust my bike again.

  3. I'm in my fourth month of recovery after breaking my femoral neck bone (completely off my femur) that attaches to the hip. I slid out on a slick road from cornering too hard and fast. I've since changed the stock Bontrager tires on my Trek Emonda SL6 to Vittoria G+ tires, changed the neck on the stem to raise the bar so I don't have to lean down so much and changed my saddle to a carbon fiber one. I'm still two months away from being able to ride my bike but I'm looking forward everyday to getting back on my bike and taking turns much more carefully. This video reinforces what I've been telling myself the past four months lying flat on my back 24 hours a day. Great tips for anyone who's afraid to get back on their bike after an accident.

    I'm looking for some good quality riding shorts that offer excellent padding protection in the hip area. Can anyone recommend any good ones? I know there are some shorts that offer protection via expanding pads upon impact when hitting a hard surface. Any help with recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

  4. I have problems looking where i'm going while cornering, instead i keep my eyes on the road in front of the tire. I guess that's because of all the grit and pot holes on our roads.

  5. I actually get more Confident after a crash.. because most of them don't hurt when you crash.. it hurts the day after 😛

  6. Hi guys, yet another great video. Started cycling 18months ago and after 6000 miles had my first wipeout a few weeks ago. Wet / icy corner. It definitely has knocked my confidence and I think the most important take away from this video is don’t beat yourself up and be sensible. I am not a pro, unfortunately never will be, I have to work and be there for family so the question I ask now is ‘do I need to risk it?’ Though, have to admit despite the answer being no, I do it anyway 🙄 #addict. Keep up the constant good work

  7. I crashed when I was younger 25 years ago where luckily my bike went under a lorry and I went the other way eventually into a ditch after breaking most of my ribs and shoulder. Since I have had my spine fused and after that it took me 5 years to get back on my mountain bike which was 3 years ago now, I have now bought a road bike but am struggling big time with confidence on busy or narrow roads, the problem I have is the fear of traffic, any suggestions?

  8. I crashed at the end of last year and spent 5 days in the ER with a ruptured liver and kidney. It didn't affect my confidence at all, but that's mostly because I hit my head so hard I can't remember what happened! However I did dial the rebound on shock and fork down quite significantly after that……

  9. Well timed mates. Had a crash Sept 2016 where I ran off the road while checking my speed on my Garmin, resulting in 6 staples in my head below the helmet line. Ran off the same road, two weeks to the day last year while not paying attention which resulted in a broken collar bone. First wreck didn't phase me, but I am a bit more nervous after the second. I'm much more aware of hazards and cornering at speed makes me pucker up, but I'm slowly getting back at it.

  10. Last year i had a crash in a rage and came close to losing my index finger on my left hand. I was off the bike for almost a month, and the pin came out after 2 months.

    I was hesitant to ride in the pack at my next race, so my coach told me to go race a mixed pro-1-2-3 race (mixed men and women, but i was the only woman in the field). It was so difficult to stay with the pack that i couldn't think about my finger while i was holding on. I got dropped 3 times and caught back on when they came back around.

    After the race i realized that i didn't worry about my finger if i was too gassed to think about it.

  11. Great topic … without doubt it has to be something that is out of our control … Drivers … To give better detail AUSTRALIAN drivers would have to be the most aggressive, rudest, inconsiderate bunch of idiots that thing the road is just for them. Ive had glass bottles, cigerettes , abbusive hurled at me and all well minding my own business and riding in a bicycle lane. Even with the 1 meter law that has been introduced its done nothing. I now record all my rides and even taken footage to the Queensland police and they do NOTHING. I was hit by a bus and left on the side of the road unable to move, and the police did not even investigate the accident at all. i was off work for over 1 year and as greatful as i am to be able to function normally which the doctors say is a miracle i lost everything my house, my fincailly stability.

  12. i wiped out on an icy corner and snapped the crank off my bike but now i'm scared to go round that corner fast but i'm ok on every other corners. could you give me any tips to regain my confidence on that corner please
    thanks #askgcn

  13. I had a crash exactly 20 days ago from today. It happened during a criterium race, it was second last lap so things were happening faster. It wasn’t me who caused the crash but it was another person to the left of me who decided to start the corner early causing me to bump the ride on my right and I came off. I was knocked unconscious and stayed unconscious for around 10mins then was incoherent for the next 40 odd mins. I was rushed to hospital, I don’t remember a bit before the crash and until Saturday afternoon as the crash happened on a Friday afternoon. Later I found out that I have crushed my T7 vertebrae by 50% and had a stress fracture on the right hand side of my jaw. I then found out after that that someone had ridden over the top of me and came off too. Then I figured out why I had such a bad bruise around the middle left hand side of my rib cage. 20 days on now I am eager to get back on the bike and start training again, but I can’t as I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to ride my bike until my back has healed. So far I’ve been told it will take around 3 months to heal but maybe much longer if I have to have surgery. For some reason none of this has bothered me and just want to get on the bike again. This is the worst crash I had for breaking any bones. I have green stuck fractured my left wrist, snapped my collar bone in half and now crushed my T7 vertebrae and stress fractured my jaw.

  14. I crashed my mountain when doing my teacher training degree. Going about 500 metres from my house to the local woods I lost my balance and the chainring went into my right leg right down to the bone. Actually necessity brought me back on the bike – a week off and 20 internal stitches later I had to cycle back to my placement again. I qualified as a teacher of History in the summer of 2016.

  15. In October I was hit by a car pulling out onto the island without stopping bounced off the window back into the road. Since then islands and side roads make me anxious. I have had 2 cars pull out from side roads since forcing my to brake hard. Still feel very anxious on roads.I wear high vis clothing and have very bright lights but have little confidence in the drivers. This is made worse by the number of people who overtake inches from the bike.

  16. I had a car pull out on me that caused me to finish my ride in an ambulance. For me, knowing it wasn’t my fault made returning on the bike easier. However, the missus was far less keen. Having garmin live track helped her as she could keep an eye on where I was and making sure I was still moving!

  17. Reading all tbese incidents is enough to put you off road cycling. For 20 years i only ever mountain biked because of fear of cars. One year ago, finally got into road cycling and loving it, but still anxious of cars. Never had a major crash though, so it's just a mind thing

  18. weirdly never get into many accidents but I got doored last week, I've been cycling practically all my life, everywhere I go. since then I have been extremely paranoid of car doors just opening at the worst of times.

  19. While cycling home from work in 2015, a car pulled out right in front of me while I was travelling at about 40kmh. I piled right into the side of it with my face going straight through the drivers window. 186 stitches in my face and neck, smashed collar bone and permanent damage to my wrists and knuckles. Took me 6 months to get back on the bike and another year to get my confidence back fully. Just like you guys said, slow and steady and I made it back on the bike!
    Have some wicked injury pictures as a bonus though!

  20. I would also suggest you reduce the geometry and aggressive riders position…slightly lower saddle, less slammed handlebar, standard pedals… until your ambition for better performance replaces your fear.

  21. I slid out on a turn about 3.5 weeks ago due to a muddy puddle. I have been working on turns ever since. Still not back to my "demon in the turns" status but then again its been wet here for the last few weeks. Yesterday I did hit a few that were dry and got that sound the tires make when really getting into a corner and I have to say it felt great!

  22. Great video. Now that spring is here I'm finally getting back on the bike after being hit by a car last August while training for a century. I lost a better part of a weeks worth of memory to the concussion. One tip that I would add for those out there like me who were smashed by a driver is to join a club or other cycling organization so that you can have ride mates on a regular basis. I still don't like going out alone on country roads like I used to, but having a group around makes it much less unsettling. I think I may have to try this newfangled 'gravel' thing to get off the roads entirely though!

  23. Speed wobble for sure. Crashed fairly badly in a sportive in Colorado a few years ago and woke up to a circle of faces looking down at me (very strange experience that…). Part of the solution there was as you say knowledge — I did not know about the wobs until I experienced them and so had no idea what was going on. Because it is fairly easy for the rider to actually amplify the wobble, not knowing what to do is trouble. Beyond that, slowly and steadily working on descending skills and really trying to enjoy descending has played a big role, along with just giving in to the fact that I am an old man and don't need to get to the bottom of a long climb 2 minutes faster than I otherwise might.

  24. I looked up those awesome orange Assos jackets you wore, because my bike is also orange, but 400€ ? Talk about building confidence to go broke!

  25. I have had several major crashes over the last 25 yrs. Weird part is, one involved a truck running a Stop Sign causing me to T-bone him. That crash never caused me any issues of fear involving automobiles. The one that still gives me a little uneasiness is the one where I took a curve at speed and went down HARD. What didn't help is that a friend crashed in the same way snapping his Ulna, folding his elbow back, nasty looking x-ray. I still catch myself scrubbing speed every now and then even on easy curves, but getting better

  26. I haven't cycled since a car hit me in early October of last year. The driver ran a red light and was speeding just over 80 kmph. I was wrecked and still not fully recovered. My bike wasn't to bad but still requires some maintance (it's believed that my body protected the bike). Still nervous about cars now, mostly when crossing the road (walking).

  27. if it is your own mistake it is easier to get back on the bike and build confidence. but i feel when some car or other vehicle crashes into you to avoid a covered man hole, how do you build up confidence from that? that happened to me just yesterday.

  28. When I was a kid, I could ride without holding the handlebars easily. But one day I fell while descending a steep street. Since then I can’t ride with both hands off the bars, even though I did hold the bars when I crashed….

  29. Washed out on an icy corners on my commute, 3 yrs ago. Given that I was going very slowly to begin with when it happened, I have had great difficulty convincing myself not to grind to a crawl before taking corners even on dry road.

  30. Shattered my collar bone on the top of a mountain in Taiwan whilst doing the MTB portion of an adventure race. Had to walk down the mountain to get medical attention, then to the hospital. To say the least was a little painful. Never healed correctly and bone still presses against the skin. Oh well. These things happen. :).

  31. slap yourself very hard in the face, yell at mother nature and if nothing worse happens to you in the hours after that..confidence bonus !!! :)))) btw these guys dont' crash …just glide like feathers :))

  32. Great video. I crashed into a car that made a illegal left turn in front of me back in August. I broke my Acetabulum, Tibia in two places, and my Fibula. I am looking forward to getting back out on my bike soon. Wish me luck.

  33. Good video, thanks! My specific confidence issue is a bit embarrassing, descending at speed gives me the willies. I've never had a crash, but when I get to speeds over 35 mph I start to think of everything that could go wrong and the consequences… then I start braking. I've had good luck working hills I know well to get myself to let the bike go, but when I get to a new hill, I'm back to grabbing the brakes. As soon as the snow melts here in Minnesota, I'll be back to building confidence at speed – until then, I'll just enjoy fatbiking in the cold.

  34. I crashed because I was riding too close to the side of the road to let a car through on a narrow piece of road. Unfortunately there was a significantly deep pothole that I didn't notice.

    Luckily I landed on soft grass with not even a scratch.

  35. I lack confidence on cornering descents. As a younger rider (17) who doesn’t have much experience in the mountains, I am not very confident as I don’t have many places to practice (winter). Thanks for the video!

  36. You failed to mention the indoor trainer strategy of visualization, otherwise great video! I could remount only after spine was healed, and I viewed online training sessions before I could get on the bike at all, allowing me to choose most appropriate online recovery sessions and get psyched to ride again. Echoing previous poster: 1 compression fracture vertebra , 7 or 9? broken ribs, one broken hand,( re)fractured (old injury) clavicle, new fractures: tibia/fibula, humerus, acetabula>ischia and pelvic ring May 4, '17. Back on trainer in August '17.

  37. I got knocked off my bike in early November, bike written off and 3 broken ribs. Took almost 3 months to get most of the confidence back, even now I'm a bit anxious at junctions kinda waiting for it to happen again but it's getting better and I'd say it'll take a a good few months yet.

  38. Had a sharp right turn in bad weather and hit the deck now I'm petrified of trying right and my tyres sliding out from underneath me. I'm waiting for summer so I can learn to trust the physics and friction of my bike and its tyres again.

  39. Thanks, I will bear this in mind once I can reach the handlebars again! Had to have shoulder surgery 4 weeks ago following a velodrome disaster. I think I will stick to the great outdoors in future.

  40. I crashed on a 25% descent due to brake fade and couldn’t make a bend – over handlebars and 5+m down a bank into a stream (Hardknott Pass UK, Fred Whitton 2017). Was lucky to only burst open my knee cap and have suffered a few flashbacks. Now very wary about steep descents. Need to take your advice and slowly regain confidence through practice. Thanks guys!

  41. I got ran off the road on a single track B road. There was snow on the road but two clear tracks where cars had been. The car coming in the opposing direction failed to slow down or move so I was forced onto the snow at about 30kph. Luckily my front flip into the verge was a soft one. Was just happy my bike wasn't scratched. Just bruised pride and a wet ride home.

    Last summer my mate got t-boned by another cyclist at a junction ! Luckily no one was hurt ! Just a broken spoke.

  42. My fear is going down hills (road bike), especially if it is next to a drop off it is just steep generally. My mind is convinced a brake cable will snap or I will skid out in loose gravel or I won't be able to slow down if necessary.

  43. I’ve been lucky to never have crashed. Sorry to all those that have (knock on wood). I used to have a motorcycle (crotch rocket style), so that experience and taking the motorcycle safety course has had a lot of benefits in cycling. I’m also cautious by nature, covering the brakes at every turn assuming that a car will not see me or magically pull out from any road I’m approaching. Also feel lucky that I live in an area used to cyclists (more than not), try to only ride at certain times of the day and only on certain routes, and have enough bike lanes or places with very wide shoulders nearby. I call it risk mitigation and so far it’s worked.

  44. I fell in a group ride ~ 8 months ago, classic touch of wheels, broke my left hip. At 59 it was a devastating injury. After four months recovery I started to "ride" again. Confidence was very low, I accepted this as natural and continued to ride and train but only at a perceived safe pace and mostly alone. My fears slowly abated as my health and fitness grew. The final test will be a group ride coming up in April. My advice is to leave the lack confidence alone, it is appropriate and similar to a state of morning; It will fade given enough time.

  45. I had a major crash when I was training for a triathlon in 2000.  I've had five rounds of knee surgery since.  I'm still very gun-shy of aero bars.

  46. I was ran over by a car back in November. I am fully recovered, but still just using Zwift. I hate this feeling of anxiety about getting back out there…

  47. Struggling with the bad attitude of drivers and have lost my mojo for road riding at the moment. Any tips from fellow cyclists for confidence building ?

  48. Not had any bad crashes on the road but I have had many scares descending including hitting a pothole and locking up right in front of a car who missed me by about an inch. Very shaken about descending for a long time after until I started just doing long straight hills.

  49. After a crash I wasn't only worried about my skills (and taking sharp corners with a group), but also about the state of my bike. Now I hand over my bike yearly to my local bike shop for a check-up before spring starts. Knowing that a true bike expert looked at all compononents definately gives me a more secure and confident feeling whilst riding.

  50. I Prefer off-road mountain biking and general leisure cycling because there's no cars, even though I've fallen off in the past many a time. I do a short commute to work on the roads, but it's not something I'd do for pleasure. Many a time an idiot driver has passed extremely closely and I don't think it's safe on UK roads at all.

  51. My biggest fear is being hit by a car. Was hit once in NYC on my way to ride in Central Park in 2000 and three times in the Brookville Pa area within a 18 month period. So riding on busy roadways sometimes gives me the hebee jebees.

  52. enjoyed the video and had so much confidence at the end of it I read the comments. whoa! Bikers keep falling and breaking things. I'm never riding again!

  53. Great video, after 2 recent crashes on ice and a tram track it has affected my confidence a bit but I kept riding albeit a bit more carefully and it slowly came back. (Always dismount on tram tracks though 😁

  54. Really good timing with this video, I crashed 3 days ago whilst riding in a 'chain gang' for the first time at the end of a group ride. I have no recollection of the crash, woke up in an ambulance. Knocked out for 10 minutes, new helmet trashed, and broke my collarbone…….
    I won't know if it will affect my riding until I can get back on-which at 69 may take a while-but I will get back on…..

  55. Inexperienced riders in sportives, I had a plonker drafting me in tour de yorkshire down hill through narrow streets in a village. Completely oblivious to the danger ( no closed roads) . chuck that on your next things not to do list – I think he got the message personally at the bottom though!

  56. My cycling confidence has been hit less by slips and trips (I'm dyspraxic so falling over isn't news to my body), but more from chronic illness and losing sight in one of my eyes.

    Happy getting back into touring, sportives, and Time trials but I'll never touch a mass start race again.

  57. I'm on a descent then a closed van with an idiot driver forced me to the side and then fell at the side end of the road, had a dozen scrapes on my left arm and shoulder(which is my good hand), big ones on my knees, one right under my right eye and a cut on my lips, sutured with 4 stiches. My helmet was cracked as if it was smashed with a hammer on a certain spot.. i felt luck because i didn't have a major injury and for having just this much.

  58. I've learned not to text or take pictures while on my TT bike. Those front ends are just too twitchy to play with your phone while riding.

  59. It's been 4 years I stopped cycling because of a drunk driver nearly running me over but swerved and hit my handle bars causing me to injure my knee. this video helped me out to overcome my fear of cycling during traffick and at night.

  60. I used to race when I was a teenager. It so happened that my very first track race was at a velodrome full of spectators and during the race I hit somebody and crashed pretty hard. I was ashamed and imagined the spectators laughing at me. I was to take part in another race the next day, even though I was quite scared. But despite some pain and massive anxiety I started the next day and had a very good race!

  61. Literally had a crash Sunday in middle of no where on my cyclocross front wheel just slipped out flipped off was found by another rider luckily
    Spent hours in A&E strapped to a board couldn’t move at all came out with just bumps and bruised body and concussion but gonna get back on the bike tomoz 👍🏻

  62. Thanks for the great video gentlemen! I've been suffering anxiety trying to get back in the habit of commuting on bike to work. I was hit by a car on a commute one morning, on my way to work. It totaled the bike, my helmet, and shredded my jersey and part of my bibs. I ended up pretty lucky with only a sprained ankle, a bit of road rash, and a stress fracture mid spine. I was able to get back on the bike about 8-10 weeks after the accident. It has been 10 months since the accident and I still experience pretty severe anxiety before the commute. Besides making myself get on the bike and just do it, I'm not sure how to overcome this. Anyone have any advice besides the great stuff suggested by the GCN crew?

  63. I lack confidence in turning tight corners cos I feel like I will lose control really easily cos that happened once

  64. Had a pretty bad crash on a steep descent in the Alps when a rock jumped up and jammed my rear disc brake on my mountainbike.

  65. I crashed while descending a mountain pass close to home. It was a familiar road, good weather, clean road surface, I wasn't fatigued or sleepy or anything. I committed an "unforced error". This resulted in a separated shoulder (AC joint sprain). And that is the source of my current anxiety. It's not that I was in a difficult situation and understandably took a spill. Rather, a mistake that makes me, not my environment, unreliable.

  66. I took my mountain bike off a makeshift jump way to fast and broke both femurs I have trouble being at the ramp and with speed it just freaks me out

  67. I was riding down a hill on the road with my boyfriend. I was on the front and didn't see a pot hole until it was almost too late. I freaked out, swerved and braked to hard, locking my wheels. I skidded off into a load of gravel, causing my elbow to suffer a deep laceration which required surgery and a really grazed spine. My boyfriend rode into the back of me and went flying into some nettles, fracturing his finger and spraining his ankle. This accident could have been much worse but now i'm a bit scared of downhills – at least going fast.

  68. I have been an avid road cyclist for about 3 years now. I had my first major accident today on a descent going about 30 mph. an oncoming car was turning left. I was pumping my brakes as the car slowed to a near stop as if confirming my right of way. As I eased off the brakes the car accelerated into the left hand turn giving me absolutely no time to react. My bike slammed into his front right quarter panel and I flipped up and over his windshield with a rough landing on the asphalt about ten yards later. I escaped with only two broken fingers and some deep bruising of my quadriceps. I'm grateful that I'm alive as it could have been MUCH worse. I'm afraid of what the absence of cycling will do to me and worried that I won't mentally be able to return.

    I watched this video a few hours after. thanks for the tips GCN.

  69. idiots car drivers , honking and driving fast without let me to move away/stop . this is how i broke my rear derailleur .

  70. For me it was getting hit by a car who decided to turn without giving way that made me fear intersections (especially if there are no traffic lights or I wouldn't be able to see a car until the last second)

    13 may 2017 was when some moron decided to turn into a side street without giving way (he crossed the main road without looking) and he hit me while doing 40kph (I was also doing 40kph) I was thrown about 15m down the road and when I woke up, I was presented with a comminuted femoral shaft fracture among other injuries

    My choice to wear a motorcycle helmet is the only reason I survived that experience

    To this day I cannot confidently ride in the bike lane on a main road unless I am riding at less than 25kph or it there are no side streets or uncontrolled exits connecting to it (usually I ride in the car lane with the motor on, then I have some space to maneuver if a car pulls on to the road without looking)

  71. i had a slide down a hill in icy conditions body recovered from the slide but the mental side is that the steep hills i fear that i am going to slide down them even though the hill might be dry,

  72. Crashed today going downhill on cycling path because I swerved into the grass which wasn't that deep of level change but all too sudden for me to react to.

  73. City riding is terrible. You need a channel. GCN CITY. Still road bikes. But how to negotiate a city. Racing is very different. They don't have stop signs, stop lights and bad drivers. New hand position. Right hand on brake. Left hand on bell.

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