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The Art of Cycling

Tips to improve safety and performance

(HealthDayNews) -- Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise, says the University of California, Berkeley.

So whether you're a keen cyclist or a casual pedaler, you can improve your performance, safety and comfort with these tips:

  • Brake correctly by placing your hands at the ends of the levers.
  • On a long downhill, don't stay on your brakes. This may overheat the tire rims, which could cause a blowout. Rather, tap the brakes intermittently.
  • Don't pedal in high gear for long spells. This can heighten the pressure on your knees and lead to injury.
  • Position the handles correctly -- one inch lower than the top of the seat.
  • Change your hand and body positions frequently.
  • Keep your arms loose and don't lock your elbows.
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