Backpedal

Backpedal

Bak-ped-uhl

Verb

Backpedal: To pedal backwards.

Example usage: I had to backpedal to avoid the obstacle on the road.

Most used in: Mountain biking and BMX riding.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists looking to increase their skill level.

Popularity: 8/10.

Comedy Value: 4/10.

Also see: Cadence, Spin Down, Coasting, Freewheeling,

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What is Backpedaling in Cycling?

Backpedaling, also known as coasting, is a cycling technique used by mountain bikers and BMX riders. It involves the rider pedaling backwards to slow down the bike, rather than using the brakes. This can be used to control the speed of the bike on steep descents and tight turns, allowing the rider to maintain control of the bike while still going fast. It is also used to quickly stop the bike in an emergency situation.

Backpedaling is a skill that must be learned and practiced in order to master it. It requires the rider to be able to quickly shift their weight and push down on the pedals with their feet. It also requires the rider to have good balance and control of the bike. According to a study by the International Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers, backpedaling is used by nearly 80% of mountain bikers.

Backpedaling is a very useful technique for mountain bikers and BMX riders, as it allows them to maintain control of the bike while going fast. It is important for riders to practice this skill in order to become proficient in it. With practice, backpedaling can be used to safely and quickly slow down or stop the bike in any situation.

The History of 'Backpedal' in Cycling

The term 'backpedal' has been used in cycling since the early 20th century. It first appeared in print in the United States in August 1910, in an article in the Cycling Age magazine. The article was entitled 'Back Pedaling: A Useful Accomplishment'.

The article discussed the technique of backpedaling, which is pedaling in reverse in order to slow or stop a bicycle. The article described the technique as 'a useful accomplishment for the expert bicycle rider'.

Since then, the term 'backpedal' has been widely used in cycling circles to refer to the technique of pedaling in reverse. It is still a common term today, used to describe the act of reversing the direction of the pedals on a bicycle.

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