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Spring is finally here and the weather is getting nice. For many of us, this means dusting off our bikes that have been sitting in the garage all winter and getting reacquainted with muscles we forgot even existed.
Here are a few tips to make the transition from couch to saddle a little more comfortable;
Pre-season riding should be slow and gradual to avoid injury. Remember to warm up and stretch really well before every ride for the first few weeks. Rides for the first 3 to 4 weeks should be short in duration, 30 to 40 minutes on smooth flat surfaces at low intensity. Once you start to feel more comfortable on the bike again, you can start to increase the length of time and intensity of your rides.
Remember that cycling can burn up to 600 calories and a liter of water an hour. So make sure to eat a light meal several hours before you cycle and drink plenty of fluids while on the bike. It’s also important to eat a nutritious meal post ride and to get plenty of rest between rides to promote good recovery.
Cycling should be fun so keep it enjoyable by staying relaxed while on the bike. Keep your grip and weight on the handle bars light, I guarantee no matter how tight your grip is you cannot turn them into diamonds. Make sure to RELAX your arms and elbows while riding too, oh and don’t forget to BREATHE!
Joining a group ride is another way to have fun while cycling. Cycling with groups is ideal for cyclists because each rider helps motivate the others and keep the group moving. Meeting up after a group ride at a coffee shop or restaurant to rehash the events of the ride is a great way to make new friends and learn new cycling tips.

flanaganj On September - 26 - 2011

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