1. It’s Not Just About The Miles
Changing cycling cadence (high and low intensity) makes a difference in the cycling challenge so that your body performs different tasks than just cycling for miles and miles. You’ll discover that hill climbing gives your arms a serious workout, too
2. Strengthen The Core For Better Cycling
Twice weekly, you should engage in exercises such as resistance and weight training which strengthen your core. The core contains the supporting muscles that make a difference in having backaches and other pain taking a toll on your strength.
3. Use Positive Thinking When Cycling
Your brain can convince you of many things when it comes to working out effectively. Visualize completing a cycling exercise to reach a new level. Train your brain to do the “impossible.”
4. Maintain The Proper Cadence
Good cadence means you are aware of the pace you’ve set for yourself and can change it if needed. For example, to maintain cadence when cycling up a hill, you’ll be pressing the pedals fewer times, but with much more pressure than pedaling down a hill or on level ground.
5. Good Position For Downhill Cycling
When racing down a hill, the proper position is to drop your hands to your gravity center and put your weight mostly on the front wheel. If you need to turn while cycling downhill, put your weight mostly on your inside hand and outside foot to stay upright.
Use your passion for cycling to explore your surroundings. Enjoy the fresh air and the exhilaration cycling provides making cycling one of the most enjoyable and beneficial exercises you’ve ever experienced.
7. Cycle In A Group
Its lots more fun and safer to cycle in a group that also has a passion for cycling. If you break down or experience an injury there will be someone to help. You’ll also get tips from other cyclers and they will motivate you to push yourself more.
8. Practice Proper Shifting
Transitioning your shifts should be smooth. Change gears before needed on a steep climb. Changing gears during a climb is tough. The reliability of your cycle will increase with smooth transitions.
9. Proper Saddle Height Is Important
When your cycle saddle height is correct, the heel of your foot should just touch the pedal at the bottom of the stroke. Pain in your knees after riding means the saddle is too low. Pain at the back of the knee means it’s too high.
10. Perform A Pre-Ride Checklist
Before every ride, you should check your:
a. wheels – straight spin and no cuts or nicks
b. chain – free of dirt and grime
c. cockpit – grab front brake and rock the handlebar to be sure there’s no loosey-goosey movement.
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