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Some suggestions: Follow someone else who better than you. Try to keep up - you'll be looking at where they are, ahead of you helps you anticipate whats coming up. Ride the same track in the dark, and its a whole new experience. Your light only throws so far - even the best ones only reliably show up 20 metres ahead and that tends to be a spot not a ...
Just keep on doing what you're doing. To get good at anything, the easiest way is to keep doing that thing. As an aside, I find I descend a lot quicker when I'm wearing a cap with the peak down. I think that having the peak in my field of view forces me to keep my head up.
What's your cadence? If you're running a large gear at a lower cadence, switch gears so that you're able to (consistently) spin about 90 rpm. This will reduce the stress on your knees. As for the legs being straight at the bottom of the stroke, you don't want it completely straight -- maybe 175° vs. 180°.
I ended up researching this topic with other sources. And, the feedback I got from a very avid biker (frequently bikes 80 miles a day on his own on the weekend) and a tennis colleague of mine that suffers from the same condition is described below. The pedaling technique is key. The majority of bikers push down on their pedals with their toes first, so ...
Make sure your seat height is correct. Your knee should be straight when your foot and pedal is at the lowest point. You may want to consider changing pedal clips for a more comfortable fit. I play tennis daily and bike as well. Good luck and keep riding!
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