What is a hairpin turn
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A hairpin turn (also known as a hairpin bend or a hairpin corner) is a bend in a road that has a very acute inner angle, requiring an oncoming vehicle to turn 180 degrees to proceed on the road. It gets its name from the fact that it looks like a bent metal hairpin. By comparison with switchback railways, such turns in ramps and trails are referred to as switchbacks in American English. The term “switchback” is more commonly used in British English to refer to a heavily undulating route, a usage that has evolved from the rollercoaster and the other form of switchback railway.
When a path climbs up or down a steep slope, hairpin turns are often designed such that it can move mostly around the slope with only mild steepness, and they are often arranged in a zigzag pattern. Because of the sharpness of the turn, highways with repeating hairpin turns make for smoother, safer ascents and descents of mountainous terrain than a direct, steep climb and descent, but at the cost of longer travel distances and generally lower speed limits. This type of highway is therefore less expensive to construct and maintain than highways with tunnels.
This isn’t what I think of as a switchback; it sounds more like an up-and-down fairground coaster, but I’m not sure what switchback is. I’d just describe the road as tortuous, with hairpin bend after hairpin bend.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes I’ve driven this type of road many times in my life, but I’ve never heard the term’switchback’ used to describe it. So, if you haven’t heard of it, it’s likely that it isn’t a BE term for this form of route.
“Switchback” describes the turn, not the lane, in my opinion. The road has some switchbacks (switchback turns), but it isn’t a “switchback road” in the sense that I understand the word. It might, however, be a winding lane. It’s serpentine because of the switchbacks.
A hairpin turn is close to a switchback. A switchback, on the other hand, is used to navigate a steep slope while keeping the road’s grade low enough for a car to manage. Hairpin, in my opinion, is a more general term. Even if you’re not gaining or losing height, every sharp turn can be a hairpin.
kentix, thank you for looking it up. That correlates to my understanding of the context of a phrase like “Life is a switchback of emotions.” There is no ‘up and down’ on the alpine path that leads to the summit.
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When riding in the mountains, you spend the majority of your time and energy traveling uphill. However, as we all know, everything that goes up must come down, and with all that climbing, you’re bound to have some major and exciting descents. Hairpin turns are a typical feature of those alpine descents that you might not be familiar with. The good news for those who need some practice is that there are usually quite a number of them strung together, and with only a few pointers on technique, you will see drastic changes after just a few days riding.
On the lane, positioning (during the turn)
Lean back into the turn as you approach it, remembering to keep your eyes on the curve. Try to keep the turn flowing smoothly into full lean before picking the bike back up for the exit (don’t make your turn look like a 50p piece!) Depending on which way you’re turning, reach the centerline or the inside edge of the road at the apex of the bend (the apex). The objective is to make the curve as wide as possible with the available lane. Make sure you don’t cross the centerline when turning left, as seen in the picture. Larger curves result in less force on the tires, allowing for higher speeds. Return to the outside of the bend on the way out.
The national – ‘hairpin turns’
The Golden Eagle Restaurant is one of the oldest locations on the Mohawk Trail, having been established in 1914, the same year the path was opened. It is situated on North Adams’ Hairpin Turn. It has served motorists with refreshments and hot meals for more than a century. From its inception until 1980, when it was sold to the Morris family, it was owned by the Canedy family.
On the Hairpin Turn, safety is a must whether driving up or down the mountain. Two big rig trucks crashed into the building within ten weeks of each other in 1958, forcing the restaurant to be demolished behind a mountain ridge. The new structure currently has two floors and a gift shop, which was later transformed into a lounge due to increased demand for additional restaurant seating. The structure that was built in 1958 is still standing today.
While one may be safe inside the restaurant, the Hairpin Turn on which it is located is not. The curve is highly dangerous, and the speed limit of fifteen miles per hour is not an exaggeration. The trek is well worth it as long as the precaution is prioritized. The path is much more dangerous in the winter, but it provides a totally different experience. Mount Greylock is a majestic mountainous forest with a blanket of white covering it all, and the city is turned into the set of a Christmas movie. Take a close look at the icicles cascading down the rock wall like a frozen waterfall as you drive up (or down).