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Ride On: A FITNESS Reader Learns How to Ride a Bike

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Bike Riding Tips from Our Experts

David Barton, owner of DavidBartonGym in New York City
"Stretch tight hamstrings after a ride by standing with one leg directly in front of the other and bending at the waist to let your upper body hang toward the ground. Hold for a few seconds, then switch your legs' positions and repeat."

Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong's coach and owner of Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Springs
"On a cruiser bike, keep your head and shoulders high and hinge at the hips instead of rounding your spine to bend forward."

Liz Reap Carlson, Giant for Women ambassador and sprint cyclist in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
"For smooth stops, squeeze the hand brakes gently until the pads just touch the rims. Release. Repeat squeeze-release until the bike comes to a stop."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2010.


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kasoccergal3 wrote:

Thank you Thank you!! I thought I was the only bike-aphobe. I too had a traumatic learning experience after training wheels and haven't really trusted the thing since. I love the tips given for picking out the best bike and hope to be finding cycle bliss soon!!

7/13/2010 03:51:54 PM Report Abuse

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