Fitness: Novice cyclists need to find the right fit

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Cycling shorts and a jersey are great additions, but aren’t absolutely necessary as long as you have technical sportswear that’s lightweight and breathable. That said, for any rides over an hour, padded shorts can be a cyclist’s best friend.

The final word from Carrière is on safety, and she says it’s worth repeating for veterans and novices alike.

“Cyclists can stay safe by respecting stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks and other rules of the road,” she said. “The cyclist’s common enemies are car doors opening, and drivers making abrupt U-turns and other manoeuvres without being aware of their surroundings. Ride aware and be defensive at all times. You are responsible for your safety.”

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