Efficient road cycling requires you to feel and be relaxed on the bike. To do this, keep your arms and torso loose and relaxed. Being tense robs you of energy and tires your body more quickly.

The best way to remain relaxed is to hold onto the bars in a relaxed manner. Hold onto the bars as if you were playing a piano. This is a great thing to remember. That is, don't grip the bars as if you were trying to strangle them but lightly rest your hands on the bars, keeping your fi…

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In the cooler months it is imperative that you keep your body warm when cycling. If it is cold make sure you use leg and arm warmers, as well as full finger winter training gloves and a jacket to keep the wind off your chest. Also shoe covers are a good idea to keep your feet warm as well as ear warmers to keep your ears and the back of your neck warm. How many of these items of clothing you will need will depend on the temperature.

The best way to keep your feet warm is not…

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When you go cycling, (or any exercise for that matter) it is important to warm up and just as importantly cool down. Spend the first 10 minutes of your riding, cycling at an easy pace in a reasonably easy gear. This will get your body warm ready for the rest of your ride.

Just as importantly spend the last 10 minutes of your ride "warming down." That is use a low gear and just ride home in a relaxed state. This will help to spin out some of the lactic acid that your body has…

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Ever watched the Olympics or the Tour De France on TV and wondered just how it was possible for these guys and gals to go so fast for so long. Well.... apart from the countless hours of training and their incredible natural talent, technique takes a major role in their unbelievable performances.

Cycling technique is the one thing that you can work on that will make the biggest difference to your performance. Probably the most important technique that will give you this perfor…

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  1. Warm up in easy gears for at least 10 minutes before doing any type of hard cycling.
  2. In cold weather it is essential to keep the chest warm and just importantly to keep the knees warm. Knees can easily be damaged in cold weather so wear leg warmers to protect them. A simple piece of newspaper between the jersey and the singlet will keep the chest warm and can be removed easily when needed.
  3. Check tyre pressures every couple of days as you will be surprised how quickly bicycle…

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