Horse wrote:I don't know you, your experience and background. But I really can't understand why you seem to be so rabidly against teaching conscious use of counter steering. Actually, it suggests to me that you don't understand it yourself.
As a contrast, I use to instruct with the US organisation MSF. They have what they call the four key skills for riding: starting, stopping, shufting and turning. 'Turning' means conscious use of c-s - and that's for novice riders. But different to our CBT where it's not in the syllabus.
Yes, we have all heard, on numerous occasions, your stories about your USA experiences, setting up this and that etc, etc. Buy you are right about several things. Cyclists and motorcyclists just steer. Watch a 4 year old ride their bike around a play area and they steer. Try to explain counter steering to them and watch the puzzled look on their faces because they don't understand you. But they still steer.
When I did my CBT, nobody had any problems steering, although one couldn't use gears properly and went on to a scooter instead. I had a love/hate relationship with the clutch lever at first. Too many years riding bicycles and driving cars.
You're right, many adults don't know how they steer, any more than they know how they balance, breathe or think. But they do all those things anyway. If they can steer, they can steer more. How many years had you been riding before you learned of it?
You're wrong. I understand counter steering perfectly adequately thanks. But I had been steering on two wheels for 30 years beforehand.