August 6, 2003
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.