How to Pace Yourself While Biking
Being a slow biker is nothing to be ashamed of. Read this article, and it should help you to become a better one.
- Pace yourself and take full advantage of flat and downhill moments; this is when you can just coast or pedal lightly and regain some energy. Also, pedal a little harder at the end of the hill to increase your momentum as you move to the level or uphill.
- When going up hills, switch to a lower gear so that you don't have to work as hard. Sometimes it may actually be better to use a higher gear if you can to get to the top of the hill faster. Decide which way you like better.
- Always take full advantage when you take breaks. Take a drink, sit down, or just lie down and close your eyes.
- Wear sneakers with good padding or your feet may be sore later.
- If your feet hurt after a ride, look into insoles. When pedalling only the balls of your feet are in contact with the pedal, so some people need extra arch support.
- Make sure that you know that you can make the bike ride without passing out or having a heart attack.
- Going on short rides and practicing will increase your stamina and allow you to bike longer.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Make sure your bike has proper reflectors.
- Don't ride in the middle of the street.
- Ensure you bring enough water for your ride.
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