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Tips for beginning cyclists who want to go faster

To be clear, this isn’t a post for fast cyclists who want to go faster. It’s aimed at the beginning rider who wonders how other people are able to go so much faster than she can and offers suggestions for picking up speed.

If you’re an experienced cyclist–look away–chances are these are all things you already know.

First, get more comfortable on your bike.  How is this connected to going faster? Feeling safe and comfortable is a real barrier to speed. Master the basic skills and you’ll pick up speed. Trust me. What skills should you master?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFIQlM-ax5o

Now you’ve got some of the basics of comfort and safety, here’s a few more things you can do that will help with speed:

If you like speed, you’ll eventually want a road bike, a bike built for going fast. I used to wonder why I couldn’t get in a great biking shape on my hybrid. It was heavy and a lot of work to make go fast. My fast road bike weighs nothing and flies. Why is the latter better for speed training, I wondered. The answer is that it rewards effort. The speed gap between not much effort and all out effort on my hybrid isn’t that big. But my road bike feels amazing.

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