What Lapsed Cyclists Often Forget to Do
Expect: Stronger quads and muscular calves
Avoid: Crashes with the sidewalk, trees, poles, pedestrians and cars
With bike-sharing programs popping up all over the country, it's now more convenient than ever to sneak in a workout while ticking off to-dos. But if you haven't cycled on the road in a while, you may find that it's more complicated than you remembered.
Do it right: It's essential to set up your bike properly, because riding with the seat too low or too high can make you feel wobbly and out of control. When you're sitting on the seat with the pedal at the lowest point, your knee should be slightly bent, not locked straight, says Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. The same goes for your arms: When they're perpendicular to your torso, elbows should be slightly and comfortably bent.
Read more: Expert advice for getting back on the bike