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Watch cadence too...

Sometimes mtn bikers (assumption based on your screen name) will try to push a heavier gear when first riding on the road. Well, at least I did. One good hill can tap you riding like this and it can be hard to recover. Spinning smoothly is really an art and takes practice. Watch some experienced riders and pay close attention to the rhythym and smoothness of their spin as well as how quiet their upper body is.

Once you've got a good feel for it, you'll use an easier gear, work more aerobically with a lower heart rate and reduce by-product in your legs.

Good luck, it sounds like you are on the right track!
 
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