Every cycling enthusiast knows that the repetitive motion of cycling and sitting in the same position for a long time can take its toll on one’s neck, shoulders, back, tail bone, knees, wrists, and forearms. Especially if you are biking long distances or you are a “mature” rider.

To be as comfortable as possible—it’s essential to maintain good hydration to keep tissue flexible, make stretching a daily routine (even if you are only riding on the weekends), and to stretch before and after every ride.

Having a proper fitting for your bike and spending a bit more on quality gear—all the things that connect you to the bike (such as shorts, shoes, and gloves) can increase comfort, help you maintain good posture, and help prevent injuries. But for some cycling enthusiasts, it isn’t enough.