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Don't slip into high gear! One of the biggest mistakes made by beginning cyclists is using too high of a gear (using too high of a gear makes pedaling harder, and can lead to fatigue). Lower gears make it easier to pedal.
The most important goal is to try and keep a steady cadence (the rhythm of your pedaling), even when going up and down hills. A good rhythm, between 80 and 100 revolutions per minute (rpm), is optimum. Don't push yourself too hard right off the bat. Instead, work your way up to those higher gears.