From a glance, it seems just so easy, you know, as easy as wearing the helmet, hopping on a bike and pedaling away. But that is not exactly right. I enjoy cycling so much because it helps me feel refreshed after working all day. During weekends, you will find me cycling alone, with my family or friends. I like cycling with beginners and I’m happy when they learn some cycling tips because I have been cycling for a long time.
I will share with you some tips for those planning to begin cycling:
Buy your bike locally from a shop
It is more beneficial if you buy your bike from a local shop compared to when you buy it online. This way, you will fit the bike first before purchasing it to ensure that it is good for your height and reach for handlebars. You can also get an offer for servicing your bike for free like for the first six months and whenever you have any questions, they can give you advice. When you purchase it online you can save on some cash but you can’t compare to the benefits you will get when you purchase it locally.
Ensure your total comfort on the bike
Many experienced cyclists still make some adjustments to fit on their bike perfectly even after riding for some time. The adjustment depends on the goals of an individual. For example, you may have to adjust the seat if you are riding long distance. If you want to avoid injuries and ride comfortably, the bike must fit.
To get the optimum height of the saddle, place your heel at the furthest point of the pedal. Ensure that your leg is straight so that it will only make a slight bend when clipping in. The moment you stop seeing the hub of the front heel when you are on the top of the saddle, know that the reach is right.
Learn how to mend a puncture
You should not wait until your bike gets a puncture so you can learn how to fix it. It can get a puncture in a remote place where there is no one to help you when you are stuck. To avoid such an experience, learn as early as possible. You can learn from the internet, ask a friend or someone to teach you then do some practice.
Join cycling friends or a cycle club
It is recommended to join a cycling club because if you have technical questions they will help you answer them. They can also help you if you have mechanical difficulties or other confusing challenges. On your first ride, ask someone to help you familiarize yourself with the etiquette of riding hand signals. Show your willingness to learn. They will be patient with you until you become used.
Build confidence while on the road
You should ride about one meter away from the road edge. This will enable you to move from obstacles and it will also encourage those using the road to leave you some space when overtaking. Make sure that you obey road rules on the highway.
Ride a little at a time
The best way to wake up is to know that there is a good city, mountain or hybrid bike waiting just for you. Cycling is a good exercise because it can help you lose weight, but you need to take it slow so that you do not strain your joints. If you do too much riding in the beginning, you will end up getting injured, feeling fatigued and you may even lose interest in it. To avoid such, increase your riding volume gradually or follow a training plan if you have goals to achieve.