Tim Don’s effective cycling tips that bikers should know (Part 1)

Effective cycling can make a big difference to your performance but it is often overlooked,” says Tim Don. “We’re all tempted to buy some new outfits to make us go faster – but it’s often easier, not to mention cheaper, to get faster by changing the way you do. Ride.”

cling can make a big difference to your performance but it is often overlooked,” says Tim Don. “We’re all tempted to buy some new outfits to make us go faster – but it’s often easier, not to mention cheaper, to get faster by changing the way you do. Ride.”

Think of this in run terms – what happens when you go through every step or take small random steps? Your heart rate goes through the roof and it’s hard. Here are some tips on how you can go faster without splashing on the latest flashy tech suite.

Hold your body

Sprinters can sway vigorously from side to side at the end of the race, but try to do this the whole time! See the best in the world and they will look like ducks on the water: from the hips up, they don’t seem to move at all, but they are paddling like crazy in the water. Keep your upper body as still and relaxed as possible so your feet can pump up and down effectively, putting all the energy straight through the pedal.

Arranging the saddle

With the pedal at its lowest point, your heel should rest on it with only a slight bend at your knee. This is the most comfortable position for most cyclists, but ask a mate whether you look comfortable in the saddle. It is often worthwhile to receive a second opinion to ensure you have the best setting.

Get pedal without clips

If you don’t have one, buy one now! I cannot describe how much faster you will be, because you can push down and pull on the pedal. This means you will gain more power every turn and faster immediately for the same effort. Seriously, this is the biggest advantage you can get.