One thing about riding a bicycle is that most cyclists try to find the most direct route to their destination. The shorter the route, the easier it will be physically, barring the existence of steep hills, for them to get there.
Regular bike riders learn how to conserve energy. They want to have enough energy to get to their destination, do whatever they were planning to do once they arrived, and to have enough energy in reserve to make it home.
Doing this requires planning. Sometimes it involves scoping out new, more efficient routes.
But, even when old routes are used, planning is still necessary. Novice cyclists often find this out the hard way, by failing to plan for something an experienced cyclist would have assumed to be the case. Continue reading ….