You always see cyclists on the road and you sometimes think to yourself you want to join in on the craze as well. But you have no idea where to begin. This is understandable since some expert cyclists still find themselves confused at times. As a beginner, wanting to learn a lot about cycling immediately is expected. Don’t try to absorb everything, gradually learn everything there is about this activity. But there are some tips that you ought to know before heading out on the road. Find the below tips to help you get started.
Choose The Right Bike
When choosing your first bike and you haven’t got a clue about what you should buy, avoid buying it online even if it is cheaper. Buying it from your local bike shop is advisable since they would be able to help you choose the right one for your build, your purpose of why you are buying one (for endurance, for adventure, for commuting, for cycling tours, etc) and they might even be able to offer you one year free service. Their expert recommendation is also priceless when it comes to getting your riding position with the saddle and the handlebars at the proper height.
Proper Clothes And Shoes
Undoubtedly, there is a huge range of cycle clothing in every sports store that you might start feeling overwhelmed. Expensive doesn’t necessarily mean good quality. There are those that are affordable and yet could serve you for a long time. Consider clothes that you are snug in; comfort should be your topmost priority. Of course, never forget to buy (and wear!) a helmet. Make sure it is not too loose or it might not serve its purpose of protecting your head and saving your life and not too tight that you might end up having a headache. Also protect your eyes by investing in quality sports glasses. Glasses keep stones and bugs away from your eyes and will prevent direct, harsh sunlight and splashes of rain to maintain your vision. Knee and elbow pads are also essential for beginner cyclists who have the tendency to fall down during downhill trails.
Learn How To Maintain Your Bike
Maintaining your bike might be easier compared to caring up for a vehicle but it still takes a lot of work. But upkeep with your bike is essential and beneficial for you to enjoy it for a long time. The efficiency of a bicycle is always attributed to clean and well-oiled chains. If your chains are maintained, chances are the frequency of having to change chainrings (the cog that turns the cranks in the rear wheel which are expensive) will be lesser. Also get a grasp on how to check your tyre pressure. Always have with you a repair kit, so that when you suddenly have a flat tire, you would not have to drop out of your dolomites cycling tours and miss the gorgeous scenery to repair it. And every after the ride, you must clean your bike with hot soapy water and a sponge. Remove caked dirt with appropriate cleaning sprays and invest in silicone aerosol to prevent mud from sticking on your bike.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Enjoy pedaling away but stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids. Make new friends by joining a cycling club or encouraging your other friends to buy their own bike. Having a riding buddy will help you stay motivated in keeping the hobby.