I keep reading about people that brake sharply and tell stories about “flying over the handlebars.” I just don’t understand this. Braking sharply I understand — over the handlebars, I don’t.
For older people that remember steel rims, the idea of being able to stop that fast would be ludicrous. Steel rims, especially when wet, are just awful when braking. There is no way they could grab hard enough to do much of anything.
So, this must be an alloy rim thing. Yet, I’ve been enjoying the stopping power of alloy rims for years and never even came close to stopping as fast as others claim to have done. In fact, I don’t remember hearing about anyone flying over the handlebars except for Alps racers who had a front wheel break down, with spokes flying, so maybe that is where it became acceptable?
Maybe my good fortunet is because I insist on using Northroad handlebars, which puts most of my weight aft where others prefer drops or straight bars which requires weight be transferred forward?
I dunno, but I am certainly annoyed when I read about someone flying over the handlebars as if it was a normal everyday occurrence, then claim that a helmet “saved their life.” If they hadn’t flown at all, wouldn’t that have been better?