Teaching kids how to carve turns on a bicycle
I have cycled almost every day for the past 20+ years and I just learned to carve turns a few years ago. This year I have been teaching my kids how to carve turns. Carving turns will help them gain time in races ( triathlon or road ), and it is just plain fun. I love to swing my bike left and then right just to feel the momentum shifting.
Before you try to teach carving you will need to make sure your tires are properly inflated, under inflated tires are not safe on tight turns.
Here are the key steps:
1. If you are turning right you need your left foot down, and vice versa.
2. The rider needs to put the majority of their weight on the foot that is down.
3. Keep your head steady and look at where they want to go ( especially on a turn ). FYI the eyes pick the line, so make sure they look where they want to go.
4. Lean the bike as much as possible without turning the steering, this will keep the maximum amount of momentum through the turn. Please understand turning the handlebar will drop the momentum on the magnitude of the cosine of the angle created with the handlebar )
5. Push your rear end on the side of the saddle to carve super sharp turns.
6. Don't bail out unless absolutely necessary.
This is not easy, but it is fun and it will allow the rider to keep most of their momentum in any turn. I'll post some videos when I get time.