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11 Most Common Winter-Cycling Blunders

Irrespective of the experience on bike, we all make some obvious mistakes especially during the cold season as we don’t know how to deal with it. Winter is the beginning of the cycling season. It is the time when you need to work and prepare yourself for the summers.

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It is also the hardest time of the year to train which makes it most important to maneuver without making obvious mistakes every year. Base mileage, avoiding cold weather weight gain, etc. would keep you on track for the summer. So, we present you few of the clichéd mistakes of winter cyclists and how to avoid them.

WRONG KIT

A very common mistake by most of the riders is that they either wear a wrong kit or don’t wear enough of the necessary kit.  The most intimidating thing for a cyclist can be a change in weather with no layers packed. This results in riding cold or soaked through.

The only rescue to this is carrying spare clothes with you. This doesn’t mean sweaters or many layers but you can carry a waterproof or lightweight gilet as it’s better to have something than nothing. Also when it gets cold, hands and feet are the coldest so you can invest in good winter gloves along with socks and overshoes.

TOO HARD TOO EARLY

Riders often make a mistake of riding to their heart’s extent as fast as they can. But what they don’t understand is that the body requires warming up. An ideal time is required for the body muscles to warm up and then push the boundaries.

Even the well-trained athletes can harm themselves if they don’t warm up as the muscles wear and injuries take place. So take 10-15 minutes and ride at a moderate pace before you start training yourself.

NOT USING ALL THE GEARS

You should make use of all the gears your bike possesses. If you use gears poorly, it stresses your muscles and injures your joints. Be confident and use your full range.

MATCHING PACE

Cyclists often try to match others’ pace but what they don’t understand is that they should stay in their zone of comfort rather than putting their muscles to the risk. It’s your comfort level and your pace which you gradually push. Pace doesn’t come to you in a day.

AVOIDING HYDRATION

We know its winters and you may be thinking you wouldn’t sweat a lot but that is just a misconception. In winters the difference is just that sweat cools easily on your body itself. To avoid this you should wear layers as that enhances the quality of your workout and makes you sweat more. And we all know we need to hydrate to balance that. In fact, hydration is many more things involving proper functioning of your body, better workouts, enhances weight loss, etc. Even a little dehydration can harm a rider and cause injuries. If your body is working out, it will sweat so hydrate.

POOR PEDALING

Are u pedaling efficiently or wasting energy? Pedaling doesn’t mean simply pushing vigorously on the pedals with all your power. In fact, this may hurt your joints. Efficient pedaling involves putting consistent power to the gears on all 360 degree of the movement and enhances smooth pedaling in a circular motion.

You can either concentrate on pedaling for the starters or monitor your feet by fitting a video camera or a mirror to keep an eye on maneuvering them.

POOR POSITIONING

You need proper positioning when you have to deal with road curves. Especially, when you go downhill, there’s a need to keep an eye on the upcoming traffic so keep your posture upright.

OPTING FOR THE INSIDE BEND

While riding uphill curves, first mindset would opt to take the inner curve. This happens because people think it would be a shorter distance to cover. But what actually is a smart choice, is the outer curve as the inner curve is steeper and requires more stamina to cover while outer curve requires less stamina and safer as riders can get a better view of the oncoming traffic.

AVOIDING INJURIES

While heavy workouts, people are so focused on their goals that they neglect the pain signals sent by their body. Rest more  as muscles require proper resting hours to function properly and start the burning process again.

PUTTING ON TOO MUCH WEIGHT 

Over indulgence in riding or under-indulgence has a similar outcome on the body. You gain weight. The cold weather makes you procrastinate and is less appealing to go on a bike ride. But it is always possible with the correct kit as mentioned earlier. Sitting home and lying like a couch potato can only make you gain weight.

Worst case scenario is the festive season which brings sweetness and alcoholic drinks at parties. You can alternate between drinks and water to prevent hangover. There’s a need to control those calories. Also, you can keep yourself motivated by having group goals to meet up for a ride, a race or anything similar. Plan new rides, this helps keeping your socialization exciting and keeping you indulged in your riding.

BEING OVERCONFIDENT

Some riders are too proud of themselves that they can manage to train amazingly in all weather conditions. Our point is that it is okay to skip training outdoors sometimes when the weather is very harsh. You can improvise by working out indoors. There is no use of riding in bad weather and harming oneself.

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On a low budget? Check out these bikes

So do you love riding bikes but just not willing to buy one? Well the question is why? Is it the budget? If yes you are in the right place. Well what if I told you that you can get an equally awesome looking and high spec bike even at a lower cost?

Now how awesome is that, right? So before you give up on the idea of going for your early morning rides check out these bikes that you can buy for below $1000.

Pinarello Lungavita

Yes you are reading it right. You can get a Pinarello for that too as low as $950. Though it may not be the high speed racing bike you want but for a bike that’s low costing it is just amazing.

It is a single speed bike that allows you to opt for a free or static wheel/ hub alternative. The bike is built using 6061 T6 aluminum and I love the colour patterns this bike has to offer. Also the white rims add to the overall looks of the bike.

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Kona Zing

Though Kona has a wide range of trail and cyclocross bikes the Zing stands out and that is not only because of its low cost but also because of its really good specs. It is a perfect bike for first time riders and also for riders having trouble with climbing.

It’s specially designed crankset makes climbing really easy. Apart from that the cockpit is also bigger and it would just cost you about $900.

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Schwinn Coffee

Well the bike is as classy as the name is and what I really love about this bike is its retro look. Apart from that the bike is quite light and yet strong and the rack has enough room to ensure you get a comfortable ride.

The bike also has good looking brakes, pedals etc. and comes in all sorts of sizes and would cost you just about $450.

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Marin Ignacio

Well if you love retro bikes and have a slightly higher budget and are looking for something better than the Schwinn Coffee well then I am sure you will love the Marin Ignacio. Though this bike will cost you about $900 it is worth the price.

The bike comes with toe clips to ensure your feet remain rooted to the pedals ensuring a better ride. It also comes in really cool retro colors. It is a single speed bike and is solidly built.

 

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Novara Transfer

If you know about the Transfer Fusion well the Novara is actually very similar to it except that this one will cost you less. The Novara is priced around $650.

The bike comes with both headlights and taillights that are battery powered which makes it a perfect bike if you love riding at night. The bike is light, strongly built and can be bought in various different sizes.

 

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Why a bad weather is no reason to stop riding

All of us love going to for an early morning ride on bright sunny, breezy mornings but what if one day you open the curtains and it is actually raining? Well now that’s a bummer isn’t it?

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Most of us hate going for rides when the weather outside is bad but what if I told you it is all the more reason to get out there and get riding. Still not convinced? Well here are 5 reasons why you should be riding even in bad weather.

It is a challenge

So are you looking to take your riding up a notch? Do you feel you are ready for a new challenge? Well why look for a new road or bike instead try riding in winters or during heavy rains and yes it is not as easy as you may have first thought.

Only the pros take on the weather so get the right gear, put on the mudguard on your bike and get on the saddle.

Indoor cycling can get boring

Yes indoor cycling does have its own fair share of benefits but then how long can you do the same thing over and over again at the exact same place? Well I guess there will come a time when you just won’t feel like it.

Personally I love to ride outdoors and riding in rain and the cold weather well there is hardly a better way to train and get fit.

Your handling gets better

Most of us hate riding in the rain because it needs extra care and better handling but if you are looking to be pro and want to get better well then that is exactly what you need to do. Keep in mind you only get better with practice.

Also you will find yourself thinking and using technique you may not have tried out otherwise. Apart from that riding under harsh wet conditions will only make you a better rider under normal conditions too.

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It is peaceful

Now if you live in the midst of the town finding peace might just be very tough irrespective of when you go out but believe it or not riding in the rain has a special kind of peacefulness about it that I love.

Now I usually ride with friends which is fun but riding solo with rain making its drizzly sound and water splashing around is at times the best feeling and gives me the boost we all need at times.

It is not really that bad

Well the weather outside may look horrible from your drawing room window but is it really that bad after all?

Well there is only one way to find out so stop being a couch potato, get your bike out of the garage and get riding. Trust me sometimes it really is not as bad as it looks like. All we need to do is be a little brave.

Want to learn to ride in the rain?

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Because Cycling is Better Than These 7 Alternative Means of Travelling…

Here are a few alternatives which, when compared to cycling in terms of commuting, prove that cycling is a better choice.

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RUNNING

Commuting with the idea of running can be very challenging. Carrying a backpack which would continuously brush against your neck and result in a graze that’d make your colleagues judge you is another issue with this choice of commuting.

Also, you don’t want to sweat and look like a total fiasco when you enter your office because running is something you can’t help with perspiration. Moreover, you’d have to carry spare footwear for running too.

ROLLERBLADES

This choice of commuting may be dangerous for everybody. As it demands perfection and experience with rollerblades, carrying them in running traffic or busy pavements is yet another challenge.

SCOOTER

Scooter commuting may seem completely normal, but it isn’t. It’s definitely a faster mode than walking but technically not faster than cycling. Also, it looks silly as it only allows one leg to be exercised at a time. So, it’s like a one-legged fitness mode of transport.

CAR

Car is definitely a more comfortable choice on a sunny day. But during rush hour, poor drivers watch cyclists swift through the traffic easily. Also, cyclists get an advantage to move through pavements or take shortcuts which are inaccessible for car drivers.

Another disadvantage of taking a car to commute is finding a safe and suitable car parking as every office doesn’t reserve or provide parking for your car.

BUS

Well, travelling by a bus has its own challenges. Waking up early in the morning and getting ready in haste to catch a bus at a certain time. Even if you do, it isn’t necessary that you’d get a seat. Also, one cannot guarantee the behavior of the crowd in the bus along with the interior conditions of the bus. Such as a chewing gum beneath the seats, sweaty and rusty poles, speed of the driver, peaceful environment, etc.

TRAIN

The conditions and challenges of commuting in a train are pretty similar to that of a bus. Too packed to get a seat, unsuitable environment/crowd, fixed time that you would have to adhere to, unhealthy seating or travelling conditions, etc.

SWIMMING

Swimming isn’t much of an available option for people to commute. A minority of people commute through swimming that too when they have to work in waters for e.g., fishing. So swimming cannot be your option anyway as it requires an expansion of water from your home to your office.

Keep in mind these alternatives to travel to your office if you don’t like cycling as a choice and you’ll get your answer.

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Road Cycling Guide for Beginners

How many of you out there love watching the Tour de France every year? Has it recently inspired you to hop on to a bike and get riding? Now you can cycle for a number of reasons.

You can do it do for the thrill of racing, to get back into shape or just to have fun up on the mountains but before you get going there are a few basic things you should know about and here in this guide I have covered it all for you.

Never forget your helmet

When it comes to wearing a helmet or not well there is no thinking twice, it is an absolute must. Crash without a helmet and there is a good chance you may not even know your back home.

Now I know not all us like it but it is the simplest way to stay safe. Also do not avoid spending on your helmet. It may seem like a lot but will be nothing as compared to your medical bill in case you crash.

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Find the right fitting bike

Now finding the right bike fit is not as easy as it sounds but if you can get expert help well then nothing like it. Check out local shops around you to help you get the right fit. Getting the right bike is crucial and here is why.

It will not only provide you better and comfortable ride but more importantly keep back problems away. I usually check the bike fit through the saddle height which in some bikes can be changed.

Here is how to get the right bike


Find the right road

Now that you have the right bike the next thing you need to look for is the right road to ride it on especially if it is your first time. I would suggest you look for a cycling club near you or check it out online.

This way not only will you find better routes but it is also the best way make new friends to ride with which is always fun.

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Carry your ID

You may have all the right gear, the best helmet and the strongest bike but even then accidents happen. Now while avoiding them may not always be possible a few things can ensure you get back home safely.

Make sure you always carry your ID along with you. I usually carry some basic information about me in my dairy. You can also wear a bracelet if carrying a diary or paper seems too boring.

Get used to the traffic

Well you are going to be riding on roads and thus going to come across a lot of traffic. So how do you deal with it? Well the only way to do that is to get used to it. There is no avoiding traffic so keep your head straight, keep an eye out for on coming and ongoing cars and power through.

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Top 10 Myths About Cycling Busted

We all are certain with the basic benefits of cycling. But there may be a few myths that proliferate among the rookies or the non-cyclists. Here we are to expose such myths.

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CYCLING IS RISKY

Cycling is actually a very safe thing to do. It may sometimes feel dangerous but it isn’t. And the chances of crashing one with a motor traffic are pretty rare. It partially depends on who is riding, the experience and where the bike is being ridden.

If you’re a rookie, cycling maybe trickier to handle in traffic. Try to avoid fast traffic if possible. Consider riding on footpaths if you strike a heavy traffic. But the key is to keep yourself away from busy roads if you have not gained confidence in yourself till date. It can be great if you’re riding on a separate cycle path as it is not dangerous at all.

CYCLING IS SLOW

Well, people believe that cycling compared to other modes of transport, can be slow. But we all have observed that during rush hour, cycles move swiftly among the cars stuck in traffic.  Cyclists also have a benefit of shortcuts which cars don’t get. They also get to sneak through pathways.

IT’S NEVER TOO FAR TO CYCLE

Most trips around the town are nearly 5km or less, a distance that can be easily traversed by a bike within 20-30 minutes at a gentle speed. If you’re new to cycling, start small. Plan short trips first, and eventually your commute when you gain confidence in cycling.

HARDER IS  BETTER

If you try filling your tires with a high pressure, you may experience an uncomfortable and bumpy ride. This happens because you will have no suspension to cushion the blows and feeling every bump in the road will eventually slow you down and worse, damage your bike.

CYCLING MAKES YOU SWEAT

The first thing you want to know is that cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.

In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.

Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.

CYCLING IS UNSUITABLE FOR HILLY AREAS

If you live in hills, take example of people who cycle at hilly regions of other places. All you have to do is figure out the easy and gentler paths to your destinations. Also, it’s okay to get off the bike and push it a little. And in worst case scenarios, buy you an electric bike.

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WEAR CYCLING ATTIRE

It is completely contradictory that you should wear cycling clothes while cycling. It is good get the necessary gears but not all of them. You can always wear comfortable clothes that you have in your wardrobe.

SHAVE YOUR LEGS

Shaving your legs maybe good for fad. It does display your toned muscles, indulge you in “riding socialization”, but it has nothing to do with speed. You simply want to go out on the road; it’s absolutely alright if your legs aren’t shaved. Go ahead and enjoy your ride.

IT IS OKAY TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER CYCLING

If you eat a certain amount of calories per day, cycling burns those calories irrespective of the time you cycle. Even if you go cycling in the morning and burn fat, you will add those calories throughout the day. It is nothing like you need food inn your stomach to burn before exercising.

BALANCING WITH A WEDGE

Many people are advised to wear a wedge because of their hip, leg or foot injury which makes one leg slightly shorter than the other. Well, it’s only true in a few cases. The problem lies with the pelvis which demands to be corrected with exercise or diagnosed properly instead of wearing a wedge suggested by a salesman.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Sell Your Bike

Buying a second hand bike can be a great idea when you want to save cash or are new to cycling. You wouldn’t want to spend your money on a new bike when you cannot do justice to it completely. So, second-hand bikes are good for the starters.

But buying one can be one hell of a deal. You might want to know about the history of the bike you’re buying so that it doesn’t surprise you later on.

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Here are a few tips to make sure you buy a good bike with a bargain and not loss.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

You don’t want to lay your eyes upon a bike just because it’s a good deal. You need to be very clear what all you want in a bike.

If you want to plan road trips, look for a road bike, if you want to hit the trails then mountain bike is your catch. Otherwise, you should look for a hybrid if you want both features well working in your bike. Also, the most important thing is that the bike fits you. Buying a bike at a great deal and still not being able to make complete use of it is a waste.

You need to compare the bikes from different places such as online, newspapers, advertisements, etc. and make sure the owner has provided sufficient photographs of the bike before fixing a meeting. You can demand the seller to provide a size guide which can help you to conclude whether the bike will fit you or not. Unfortunately, every brand has a different size guide, so look for the size guide of the bike you want on its individual brand website.

KEEP AN EYE OUT

Avoid buying a stolen bike. If you’re getting a bike for a very cheap deal to be true, then it’s not right. Ask the seller for the bike history and the duration they’ve had it for. A responsible seller would keep the bike receipt as well. If not, then there is an ID number on the bike frame which you can check from Bike Register database. This will confirm the honesty of the seller.

Moreover, if you’re making a purchase online, use a service like PayPal which offers you protection if anything goes wrong.

CHECK THE DAMAGE

It’s better we accept the bitter truth that all sellers are not genuine. There are many who want to sell their products at the cost of risking others’ money and passing damaged bikes for their own good. So it’s better you keep your eyes open and consider the following things before buying a bike.

The frame: Check for any cracks especially near chain stays, seat posts, bottom brackets and forks.

Replaced parts: There is a possibility that the seller may replace some parts of the bike before selling it to improve its performance. In order to avoid this, compare every part of the bike to the original model.

The drivetrain: The chain, cassette and chain set shouldn’t be rusty. Also, if the cogs are worn down, they definitely will need a replacement.

The tires: Firstly, check if the wheels are travelling in a neat and straight line, and not swinging to and fro. A cheap set will. Also, look for slashes or cracks on the tires.

The cables: Check that the cables are not tattered or rusty and are in a proper working condition.

The seat post and handlebars:  Check if the seat post and handlebars are adjustable, either by undoing the bolts or not as you don’t want a bike you can’t ride comfortably.

MAKE SURE IT FITS

This is a very vital part of buying a bike. You have to be truthful with yourself. Even if the bike has amazing features, it is available at a great deal, etc. you shouldn’t fall for it if it doesn’t fit right as it’ll never give you the comfort while riding that you want.

Sit on the saddle with a foot on the pedal, you should have slight bend in the knee with no need to stretch more. Your hands should be resting comfortably on the handlebars keeping the same circumstances in mind.

Also, you should have an option to adjust the saddle later for farther extent in terms of height so preferably you should be somewhere in the middle.

IT’S TIME TO TEST THE RIDE

Once you’re satisfied with the condition of the bike, ask the seller if you can take the bike for a test ride of around 30 min.

Check the tire pressure before you go for a ride as a bike is not at its best with low tire pressure and risks a flat. Check if the brakes and gears are working efficiently and you’re good to go.

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10 Common Beliefs About Road Biking that Aren’t True!

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CYCLING IS DANGEROUS

When you conduct a survey of the literature on cycling accidents you discover that cycling safety statistics are pretty dry. But there is more to each accidental experience. It is not the entire contribution of the car in an accident, its partially you or entirely you.

It maybe the adverse weather, rolling a stop sign by you on a residential street or you may be cycling in the dark without being careful.

A significant contributor to cycling risk creed is social media. It forms the opinion out of people by displaying several accidents and scaring them. Cycling is not dangerous, it just requires being careful in different conditions and experience.

CYCLISTS  PAY ROAD TAX

Car drivers pay VED which depends on the vehicle’s carbon dioxide emission. Since bicycles produce zero emission, they aren’t supposed to pay VEDs.

CYCLISTS SHOULD ONLY USE CYCLE LANES OR CYCLE TRACKS

Only motorways are built for cars and not bicycles. Cycle lanes are the painted areas on the road while cycle tracks are separately built on the side of the road or away from it. 

But you are suggested to use them only when they are “practicable” as per the Highway Code. As we see some cycle lanes are narrow.

CYCLISTS HAVE TO KEEP LEFT

Sticking to the kerb might feel safer but a certain distance should be maintained. You should be away from the kerb, about a meter or more while cycling.

Also, when you opt for the lane, you make yourself more visible to the drivers in the centre of the lane which forces them to react to your presence and there comes their need to overtake you properly rather than sifting past from the side when there’s not enough room.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE NOT FOR CYCLISTS

Cyclists should abide by the traffic rules as they indirectly induce car drivers to jump signals as well when the cyclists do.

Some offences yet, are not applicable to cyclists for example, crossing a certain speed limit on public roads, talking on mobile phone while riding, etc. But they can be fined for minor offenses and dangerous cycling.

CYCING MAKES YOU PERSPIRE

Cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.

In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.

Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.

A CYCLIST MUST BE FIT

Frequent cycling sessions will enhance your health and tone your muscles but that doesn’t mean you have to start with being fit already.

Cycling is a fun activity you’d love to do on a daily basis. Also, what makes cycling difficult may depend on the quality of bike. A nasty, badly set-up bike may give you a horrible experience but properly set up, good bikes are a breeze.

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How to Train YourSelf to Cycle More Often

It can be very difficult nowadays to take time out for proper training with life stuck around family, work, social life, etc.

Cycling to commute is a great idea. If you want to stay fit, burn fat while travelling and tone your muscles, cycling is a great alternative. Keep in mind that you need to be aware of the road rules related to bicycles to keep you safe and moving.

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BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

Before starting proper training with cycle, you must warm your body up with simple pedaling for about 10-15 minutes. This prevents injuries and muscle strains.

This is necessary even after the ride to cool the body temperature down.

A few stretches before and after your ride can really help you in becoming more flexible and enhance your cycling sessions.  This can be very beneficial for your back as people often ride with a stiff back or bent back.

You must eat right for your ride.  It’s like fuelling your ride. Either eat good breakfast such as boiled eggs, porridge, etc. before you leave or take this food to office to eat after the ride. Make sure you don’t eat something very heavy before you commute.

HOW TO  BURN FAT

Low intensity workouts are ideal for burning fat. These do not expect you to sweat a lot and work out-of-breath. All you need to do is maintain a stable speed and intensity while riding.

Also, change gears smoothly according to the traffic and ride at a speed good enough to make you sweat a bit but not too much that you start racing on the roads.

TRAINING IN INTERVALS

Interval training helps in increasing your fat burning ability and increases your stamina. Remember, the more you are able to sweat with time, the fitter you are. This is just like jogging for a while, then running for 2 minutes, then jogging again.

You need to put more effort and ride hard for around 2 minutes with your maximum heart rate and then lower down to normal speed and simply ride for around 3 minutes. Your purpose is to repeat this procedure for about 4-5 times over your commute.

CYCLING WITH A HIGHER CADENCE

Training your legs to cycle with a higher cadence is a very useful activity to tone them. It’s more effective than pushing hard gears on a low cadence. This activity requires similar interval training as mentioned earlier.

All you have to do is pedal on easy gear as fast as you can for around 2-3 minutes and return to relaxed pedaling that you’re used to for around 8-10 minutes. You’ll find it astoundingly hard when you try it for the first few times during your commute.

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Sprints help you accelerate faster with time. It gives you a better turbo boost when you require it around breakaways or while overtaking. Pedal faster on low gears so that you can accelerate as fast as you can. Continue this for a minute and eventually return to your relaxed speed.

This can be tried on hindrance-free road sections or while moving away from traffic lights.

PREPARE FOR THE DISTANCE

If you want to develop a habit of riding bicycle over long distances, participate in bicycle races, etc. you need to get used to long rides.

All you need to do is take out an hour or more from your schedule to practice bike riding and getting used to it. You can do this early in the morning or even while returning from your commute back home.

PREPARE FOR THE HILLS

In order to prepare for the hard up hills, you require strength training. This involves toning your leg muscles and shaping your thighs and calves. So, after your body is warmed up with relaxed pedaling for around 15 minutes, switch to higher gears and push harder to move the pedals for 2 minutes at least.

Then switch back to relaxed gears for 3 minutes or less and repeat the same process. Repeating this for 3-4 times during your commute will help you get your muscles in shape in no time.

REST YOUR MUSCLES OFF THE HARD WORK

This day should be a bit different from what you usually do. Go for a relaxed ride. You don’t need to stress your muscles as usual or cycle with a higher cadence.

Just a stroll on the bike is enough. Just keep a relaxed pace on your commute, rest your muscles for the day and go smooth.

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5 mistakes to avoid before your next bike ride

Are your friend’s able cycle better than you? Can they ride longer, faster than you are able to? Well then instead of trying to make your bike faster or getting a new one have you ever considered the fact that you may not be preparing well enough for your rides?

Well while most sites and experts will tell what you should be doing it is also important to know what you should avoid. So here are 5 mistakes to avoid before you go cycling tomorrow.

Consuming fat and fiber rich foods

To ride well you need energy and no the salad you love eating before your ride does not provide you that. These foods are rich in fiber and your body needs time to digest them whereas energy is provided by foods that are quickly digested.

Foods rich in fat have the same problem and can also make you feel sick. So for your next ride I would suggest you ditch the salad and switch to foods rich in carbs and proteins.

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Drinking water

Yes being hydrated is good but if you are going to gulp down a whole bottle of water before your ride well then it can be a problem. I would advise you drink little in regular intervals rather than chugging down the entire bottle to make up for the entire ride.

Drink too much and you will need more bathroom breaks than everybody else. Apart from that it can also cause hyponatremia which can result in a headache, nausea etc.

Not running a maintenance check

So how many times has it happened that 20-25 minutes into your ride you realize than the tires are low on air or your brakes are not tight enough? All these are signs that you are not doing a proper check of your bike before you head out.

These checks are crucial especially if you plan to ride long and ride fast and if you are not sure about it get it check by an expert.

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Not stretching right

Yes stretching is good and is important but if you are not doing it right well then it hardly makes a difference. Static stretching is not as good as you may have first thought. In fact it only reduces your muscle strength.

So what should you be doing to get yourself warmed up for your ride? Well a small ride on your bikes is good and here are a few stretches you can try out.

Keeping your location a secret

While most of us think we are too cool to be telling everybody our location have you ever considered what if you got stranded or met with a crash? So the next time you head out do make sure you let someone know your location and also how many hours you plan to ride. Also make sure you carry your phone.