I went for a ride yesterday and due to the huge amount of leaves that fell in the last two days due to the heavy rain I was quite cognizant of the potential for slippage on said leaves.
However as I was ending my ride making a 90 degree left turn into my development, the road was totally covered by leaves that *appeared* to be dry. As I made my slower than usual left turn I felt my rear tire slide out to the right and the bike seemed to tilt a bit more to the left. I know I stuck my left leg out and I think I counter weighted my body to the right a bit and everything turned out ok.
So I am going to ask. Was I just lucky? Or what is the correct corrective action if the bike does slip out a bit? Slow roll off the throttle and point the bike in the direction you want to go?
It sounds like your instincts are well developed, and combined with some luck kept you off the deck. Well done.
It sounds like a quote from a very old Honda rider's pamphlet: "beware the grease mud. for therein lies the skid demon." Still laugh every time I think of that.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
------- Rob --------
Thanks ladies and gents. I knew my superior skills was the reason I saved it. (don't get cocky tim...) Just kidding. I was hoping someone was going to say something like they taught us in high school driver ed "just steer in the direction of the skid" which translates to "steer where you want to go" in my book.
It would be cool if I had some dirt and a dirt bike to try out wacky skids and stuff to see the bikes dynamics under slippery conditions so I am even more prepared if it ever should happen again. I really don't want to practice this on my road bike on the street. lol. I suspect my mountain biking helped me out a bit in this case.
Turn arrows painted on the pavement with cold tires = not fun.
I'd like to add those croswalk stripes that are reflective vinyl type crap. Not sure what it is, but it goes on in a thick batter. Definitely not paint. Not sure how many states/cities use them, but I can vouch that accelerating thru the curve of the intersection while going across these with a moderate lean can be quite scary.
My butt puckered up for a split second when I felt the rear go loose. Didn't last long enough to even make me react, but my heart was going faster than my tach for the next mile or so.