Ask CopyRider: May 2017

Ask CopyRider is an advice column for riders. Please send your queries, questions, dilemmas, conundrums, anxieties, obstacles, predicaments, and worriments to [email protected].

 

Dear CopyRider,

I’m a new rider, and I can’t quite keep up with the pace and resistance that my CycleStar Instructor suggests. If I have to choose, which is more important? The speed? Or the resistance?

Sincerely,

Newbie in Novato

Dear Newbie,

I feel your pain! There’s a bit of a learning curve to getting the knack of the ride, and I went through this same struggle. First and foremost, the rhythm is the most important thing about riding at CycleBar. Adjust your resistance so that you can match the beat. This will put your RPMs (that’s fancy talk for speed) right where they need to be—and it will allow the music to help drive the ride.

As you get stronger and more comfortable on the bike, you’ll be able to crank your resistance (and do more of the tap backs, pushups, and other dance elements). But even seasoned riders should take note that when your rhythm or form becomes compromised, you need to adjust your resistance accordingly.

Pro tip: Still can’t hold 100 RPMs out of the saddle? Have a seat and make it work for you.

Sincerely,

CopyRider

 

Dear CopyRider,

When I do pushups on the bike, I feel like my entire bike is going to topple over. What am I doing wrong?

Sincerely,

Cut in Creve Couer

Dear Cut,

You need to turn up your resistance. If your bike ever feels wobbly (or if you’re bouncing around on your seat in the saddle), it means you don’t have enough resistance to support your body weight. As you turn up the resistance, the pedals will support your weight. Plus, you’ll earn more Energy Points! It’s a win-win. Go get it!

Sincerely,

CopyRider

 

Dear CopyRider,

I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of the ride, but I’m sure there are things I could be doing better. How can I be a better cyclist?

Sincerely,

Pedaling Pupil

Dear Pupil,

What a great question! But don’t ask me, ask your CycleStar Instructor. I promise that he or she will be more than happy to offer personalized suggestions to help you up your game and rock your ride.

Sincerely,

CopyRider

 

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