Many cyclists know that while speed is not everything, it certainly plays a major role in a rider’s performance and where they place in a race. These three tips will help you build up your speed without sacrificing any extra energy.
1. Elbow Position - Riding with your elbows out or even straight can increase the wind resistance you face when riding. One very simple way to improve your speed is to lower your body slightly by bending your elbows and tucking them in towards your body.
2. Attire - One of the many benefits to wearing actual cycling gear is their slim, tight fitting style. Your street clothes are fine for leisurely bike rides, but when it comes to speed, they can easily add extra drag, slowing you down and making it tougher to reach your ideal pace.
3. Tires - Check your tire pressure before each ride and, if needed, fill them to their proper pressure. With less of the tire’s surface touching the ground, you will experience less traction and therefore more speed. If doing so does not help, it may be time to consider a new set of tires, all together.