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Primarily flat, Bangladesh offers great experience in cycling tourism. Bangladesh has a beautiful countryside divided by rivers and rice fields, and towns are close enough to each other to provide an experience for all levels of cyclists. The bicycle and bicycle rickshaws are ubiquitous throughout the country making cycle repair extremely easy even in fairly remote locations. Moving at the pace of a cycle will also allow the traveler to experience the rhythms of life that can not be seen from a bus or rented car.

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When Lance Armstrong surged ahead to drop Jan Ullrich on the final climb up the Alpe d’Huez in 2001, it wasn’t his highly-publicized cadence that gave him his herculean burst of speed. Well, not really anyway. To beat Ullrich up the hill, Lance just had to push more power relative to weight into his pedals than Ullrich did.

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Imagine a cyclist pushing straight down on a big gear as hard as he can. When he reaches the bottom of the pedal stroke, rather than swiping the pedal back, he continues pushing down. What happens? His butt pops off the seat and suddenly he’s standing up. Now imagine that he’s spinning an easier gear at a high cadence. He doesn’t have the muscle control to stop pushing at the bottom of the pedal stroke, his hips pop up, and his butt bounces all over the place. Spinning at a high cadence does not cause inefficient movements in the pedal stroke, it just highlights them. If a cyclist can’t spin in an easy gear at over 100 revolutions per minute (rpm) without looking like their butt is filled with Jiffy Pop, then they can get more benefit out of doing pedaling drills than hill repetitions.

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A bicycle safety check is a quick once over of the bike, looking for anything that might make the bike unsafe to ride, or that might be in need of maintenance. It prevents not only accidents but also mechanical failures that can ruin your ride and be costly to repair.

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According to a 2015 study, only 30% of adults wear bicycle helmets on major roads in the UK and, perhaps surprisingly, only 11% of male children, probably one of the highest risk groups. An earlier study in 2012 found that more than 100,000 head injuries from cycling accidents in the US could have been prevented in 1997 if all riders had been wearing helmets.

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