Home > Fitness > Sport > Cycling 14 February 2005 Cycling tips Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise. So whether you're a keen cyclist or a casual pedaler, you can improve your performance, safety and comfort with these tips. 0 How bikes and cars can peacefully coexist on the road Really funny cycling moments Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise. So whether you're a keen cyclist or a casual pedaler, you can improve your performance, safety and comfort with these tips: Brake correctly by placing your hands at the ends of the levers. On a long downhill, don't stay on your brakes. This may overheat the tire rims, which could cause a blowout. Rather, tap the brakes intermittently. Don't pedal in high gear for long spells. This can heighten the pressure on your knees and lead to injury. Position the handles correctly - 1,5 cm lower than the top of the seat. Change your hand and body positions frequently. Keep your arms loose and don't lock your elbows. - (HealthDayNews) More in Fitness 10 reasons to start cycling More: SportCycling advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.