Having known how to stay upright on a cycle doesn’t mean you have become perfect in cycling. Overlooking several basics may make your biking goals difficult. Practice these few cycling skills that will get you faster and safer on the road.

Lacking a firm grip on riding basics and practice may affect your cycling effectiveness. Here are a few strategies and techniques to practice that help you enhance your cycling skills and make you a better cyclist.

·        Invest time

If you want to become a professional, then invest time in practising. To improve your cycling skills, spend training time on-bike as well as off-bike. Becoming a pro is not a few days job; it may take years to become a great cyclist.

By giving more time to your cycle and aiming for continuous improvement, your chances of becoming a pro-cyclist enhance manifold. 

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·        Practice braking

Before you start practising faster, you should know the guarding rules of brakes. Things are more complicated when you are a beginner. It is far more than just grabbing those brake levers and squeezing them. It is always best to use both the brakes evenly when planning to stop the cycle. Keep the hands lightly on the brake hoods so that you can grab the brakes easily when you need to stop.

Practice braking in an empty park. Sprint for 10 seconds and bring the cycle to a stop as safely and smoothly as you can. Repeating this process several times will give you a firm idea on your bike’s braking power and time taken to bring the cycle to a stop safely.

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·        Begin slow

Begin slowly because your body is not used to riding. Riding hard and long may result in cramps or strain in your legs or joints. Increase the intensity gradually to enjoy the ride and reduce the risk of injuries. Follow your body and don’t push it too hard.

·        Join cycling group

Cycling groups offer excellent opportunities to learn from experienced cyclists. You can easily find them on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. So, find one in your city and join the gang. You will enjoy the companionship of co-riders and will learn a lot from them.

Pair yourself with few riders (from cycling group or your friends) that are faster than you. This gives you the challenge to keep up with them. Slowly and steadily, your endurance and speed are improved even before you know it.

·        Measure Your Progress

If you really want to become a great cyclist, then you need to track your performance. These insights into your performance help you understand where you need additional attention and which areas need more practice/improvement for growth. These metrics will also tell you how much further you can push yourself.

The simple way to track your abilities is to calculate the time taken to ride a specific route. Calculate it after every 2-3 weeks and compare it with your previous readings. You can also use a bike computer which is just like a Fitbit. The device can be attached to your cycle and record readings such as RPM, distance, time etc.

·        Challenging Routes

Take diverse routes that are challenging and makes you work harder. Ride at various intensities as it will prompt your body to build fast-twitch muscles that make you pedal at various intensities whenever necessary.

Above all, buy right and best quality cycling accessories as this will ensure the safety of the rider as well as mitigate any risk of injuries. Leader Cycles is one of the leading cycle brands in India offering best quality cycles at competitive prices. Be it roadster bikes, MTB cycles or kids cycles, the technology and quality make Leader Cycles top their league.

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