Don’t cover yourself like a gear junkie if you don’t know what you’re doing
I mean, yeah, sure go get yourself some decent gear if you can, but don’t go buying full body armor and all the jazz if you’re just starting out. Firstly there’s no point, and secondly, there’s nothing more disheartening than suddenly realizing you didn’t actually need those $400 knee guards.
Tension. You just look tense, and you feel tight and sore when riding.
If you find yourself suffering from stiff and neck shoulders and your hands feel sore and tight. Hey, just relax. Ease up on that old handlebar death grip you got going on there. You are holding way too much tension there. Holding onto your bike is important when riding for obvious reasons, but suffering from these complaints is a really common occurrence from bot beginner and experienced riders. Stability and control of your bike should be coming from your core, while your arms, hands, neck and shoulders should all be nice and relaxed and chilling. Try it and see if it makes a difference for you. Just go ahead and ease up there.