Everyone was a beginner cyclist once. Understandably, It is understandable that you might find yourself coming across several questions and hurdles.
Even seasoned cyclists will occasionally come face to face with an obstacle. Here are five need-to-know tips we’ve gathered on how to start your cycling journey with confidence.
1. Buy the bike that’s suitable for you
To get started, you need a great set of wheels. The bike you choose depends on your purpose, whether it is for commuting in the city, for mountain biking or competitive riding.
Just like picking the perfect pair of running shoes, you first need to size your bike. Stand over the top tube and shoot for about an inch of clearance between your body and the frame. If this sounds foreign to you, your local bike shop can help with this.
The next thing to consider is your budget and riding style. Are you just clocking casual miles a couple of days per week? Is it for exercise? Do you plan on eventually enter competitions that require long-distance riding or racing?
Consider how you intend to use your bike, and how you may grow with your bike. For instance, maybe you can only clock 10km now, but there’s a 128km challenge you would like to join in the future. Therefore, don’t buy a bike hastily and try to work with your local bike shop to find the right pick.
2. Get geared up
Equipping yourself with some essential gears completes the other half of the equation. A helmet is the most important gear and should be worn at all times while riding. We know legislating helmets are massively contentious, but a quality lid might save your life.
Get a helmet that best fits your head, your style, and your budget. Bear in mind that the more you love it, the more you’ll want to wear it.
Other important items include a water bottle or two, some food and tools such as tire levers, a mini pump, spare tubes, and a multi-tool.
3. Know your riding style
As you ride more, you’ll get to know more about your own riding style and preferences. You might like riding solo or riding non-competitively with a group of friends.
You may find yourself yearning for a race, or simply using your bike as a form of transportation. There are endless ways to ride and enjoy riding, it just takes a couple of tries to find yours.
Eventually, your body type and talents will naturally lend itself to a specific type of riding. Being a well-rounded cyclist is always the goal, but fostering your strengths (or what you enjoy most) is a surefire way to keep cycling fun.
Your first few rides may be tough—your body is adjusting to ts of a totally new activity. But like all things in life, real progress is made when you stick with it for the long run.