Three Cycling Tips for Beginners

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Peter Kuperman saw career opportunities in education, becoming a part of the Khan Academy and later on establishing Hatch Canada. In addition to his professional pursuits, Peter Kuperman keeps himself physically active through cycling.

Many sports enthusiasts consider cycling a beneficial form of exercise, since the activity builds up one’s endurance and strength. Before taking up road cycling as an exercise or a hobby, here are some basic tips to improve the riding experience.

1) Familiarize yourself with shifting. Changing gears before the need to do so helps riders smoothly transition, maintain momentum, and reduce strain on the bike’s chain. While shifting gears, it is important to continue pedaling at a gentle force, to prevent the chain from grinding and snapping.

2) Learn to brake. To brake safely, it is important to use both front and rear brakes. Slamming on just the front brake–which has more stopping power–can cause danger to the cyclist. Using the rear brake evenly with the front brake helps cyclists reduce speed safely until they come to a complete stop.

3) Lean your bike, and keep your body upright. Beginner cyclists often lean with their bodies when making a turn, causing them to lose balance. To turn properly, cyclists must keep their body upright while allowing the bike to lean slightly into the turn.

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