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To reduce post ride stiffness, before every ride do some warm-up exercises to get your body ready to perform. Start with some easy warm-up limb exercises - stretching, bending, twisting and swinging your limbs through some light movements. Five minutes is usually enough to warm up for a casual ride. When you first get on the bike, start off slowly, gradually increasing your speed over the next 10 minutes. When...

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Day touring and longer trips

If you are planning to go on day trips or do longer rides, such as multi-day events, it’s worth ensuring you have the skills to do basic bike maintenance and repairs. These skills should include fixing a puncture, tightening nuts and bolts, adjusting brakes and basic wheel changing. Food and water You should carry at least one plastic water bottle and for hotter trips two water bottles are ideal. Cyclists...

Read more... | Published: 11/01/08

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