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Think about it: one of childhood's greatest challenges is learning to ride a bike, and one of its greatest achievements is taking off the training wheels. Balance is critical to cycling, as you must maintain your center of gravity, and adjust to changes in your body's position relative to the bike and your center of gravity. Balance on a bike does become second nature – hence, the adage about how one never forgets how to ride. Nevertheless, balance should not be a forgotten component of cycling, as improving your balance and building your core strength can help you get even more out of your rides. By building a strong core, you are able to better control the energy going into your legs and your leg motion, making your riding more thoughtful and productive. Also, building a strong core and developing your balance will help you be more reactive and nimble when confronted with more challenging hills, slippery spots, and faster speeds, helping you stay in control and avoid injury.