So, I've seen a few posts here and there about "good riding habits", but I haven't actually seen them laid out anywhere. So, if you've got a moment to help out a rookie, what are the good riding habits that rookies need to know? Specifically in the context of road/path biking. For example:
- I've got a 21-speed bike (3 front, 7 back). What's the right way to go up a hill, gear-wise?
- Straight/flat road. Is there a reason NOT to be in the highest gear?
- So far, I haven't been standing when pedaling. Should I be? If so, when?
- Anything else you can think of would be greatly appreciated.
Also worthy of mentioning is that I'm a Clyde; 6'1, 290#, long torso with short legs.