If you haven’t been on your bike in a while, choose a surface that is fairly flat to build up your stamina and endurance. Practice your stroke while you are warming up – make smooth circles as you take your pedal through an entire revolution. Once you are confident with your performance, add some hills or distance to your route to make your ride more challenging. Check out these tips…….
Get a tune up. While at the bike shop, let them check your seat and handlebars to make sure they are adjusted properly for you. Also, ask for some quik tips on using your gears correctly!
Need to slow down? Try the ‘feathering technique’ – place your hands at the end of the lever, and tap your brakes, applying intermittent pressure as you pedal down the hill.
Aim for 60-80 RPMs. What’s your pace? Count how many times your right leg comes to the top of the pedal stroke during a 10 second period, then multiply your count by six, and that number will be your revolutions per minute. You can focus on your RPMs while warming up or practice on a stationary bike.
Stay hydrated during your ride. Drink water and/or water mixed with an electrolyte balancing drink every 10-15 minutes.
- Ride early morning or late afternoon. If you ride during peak hours (10a to 2p), make sure you wear protective clothing and sunblock.
When was the last time you were on a bike?! Leave a comment below……