As you get better and better with cycling, there will likely come a point where you’ll want to push yourself more, take the extra mile, or explore new territory or paths that you may not have been able to before. The better you get, the more important it is to make sure you’re properly prepared for the longer rides.

A pair of decent bib shorts are a great way to make sure that your sit bones are covered and your undercarriage is properly protected. If you can, stay away from padded ones as full bib shorts with straps will make sure everything stays in place. The shorts should provide a good, tight fit and you may also wish to consider applying chamois cream to make sure there is no irritation involved.

Cycling and increasing the amount of miles you travel is all about maximizing your endurance, so it’s critical to work on finding what your optimum pace is. If you’re looking for precision, consider purchasing a heart rate monitor. Alternatively, if you can old a conversation with whoever you may be riding with then your probably making a good pace. If you’re struggling to talk because you’re out of breath, adjust your pace.

If you’re planning on a long bike ride, consider doing it with friends. The company will make things much more interesting and you can periodically swap positions in who will be bearing the brunt of wind resistance. These group rides are also a great way to train and get your feet wet if you plan on participating in a future race.

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