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Shifting Gears, Climbing & Descending, Long Distance Riding, and Limited Access Highways.

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    Using the gears on your bike will enable you to ride more comfortably for longer distances and periods of time. Get some tips on how to shift more smoothly and use your gears more effectively.

    Most bikes have gears, which help the rider to exert nearly the same amount of pedaling effort across a variety of terrain. Here is what you need to know about gears. 

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    Riding in hilly or mountainous terrain can be both rewarding and challenging. Knowing more about this terrain from the perspective of the bike saddle before you take on those peaks, will help you be your own king or queen of the mountain.

    Riding in hilly or mountainous terrain can be both rewarding and challenging. Knowing more about this terrain from the bike saddle perspective before you take on those peaks, will help.  

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    When riding long distances, technique is much more important than your speed.

    When riding long distances, technique is much more important than your speed. You'll learn more about pacing, and drafting or pacelining in this section. 

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    In some areas of the country, riding on a limited access highway may be the only route from one point to another.

    In some areas of the country, riding on a limited access highway may be the only route from one point to another. Check first to see that it's legal in your state: https://bikeleague.org/StateBi...

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    The ability to execute an evasive maneuver could mean the difference between a close call and a crash. Become familiar with these four avoidance maneuvers.

    When riding, situations may arise that require maneuvering to avoid hazards or collisions. The ability to execute an evasive maneuver could mean the difference between a close call and a crash. Be sure to get out on your bike and practice these maneuvers, because for any of these maneuvers to work when you need them, they must come naturally.