Common techniques for avoiding obstacles on the road include:
1. Frequently scanning the road ahead of you out about 15-20 yards
2. Anticipating potential problems based on your surroundings and
3. Notifying riders behind you about hazards.
Please review Section I.A. of the Safe Cycling Practices document for additional information about Calling Out Road Hazards. Please remember to not over announce hazards that are not a true concern like a small amount of gravel or a hole on the other side of the road.
The two videos below from the Global Cycling Network describe techniques on how to deal with bad roads and potholes and demonstrate the common cycling hand signals. Oi, the videos were filmed in England so don’t be a bloody tosser and try to ride on the left hand side of the street in Ohio, alright mate?