5 Tips Before You Start Cycling
Cycling is one of the best ways to get some exercise, enjoy the great outdoors and explore new places. It can be a really exciting hobby to pick up. However, before you rush in and hit the road, there are a few things you might want to take into consideration. In this post, we’ll share 5 tips you need to know before you start cycling.
Choose the Right Bike
The first step in starting your cycling journey is to choose the right bike. There are many different types of bike, each designed for a specific purpose. From road bikes to mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and so much more; there are simply so many options. You might even be interested in purchasing an electric bike or perhaps a folding Brompton Bike perfect for the city commuter. There’s a lot to consider such as where you will be riding, the terrain and your personal preferences. If you are unsure about which type of bike to choose, visit a local bike shop such as Cycle Revival and speak with a professional who can help you select the right bike for your needs.
Wear the Right Gear
Without the appropriate gear, cycling can be a dangerous hobby to take up. A helmet, for example, is an essential piece of equipment that can protect your head from injuries in the event of an accident. Additionally, wearing a reflective vest or jacket can help you be seen by other cyclists, pedestrians and drivers on the road.
Other important gear to consider includes gloves, padded shorts, and sunglasses, all of which will help ensure your safety as well as comfort when riding.
Get Familiar with the Rules of the Road
Before you hit the road, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road. Bicycles are considered vehicles, which means you must obey traffic laws, including signs and traffic lights. You should also ride on the left side of the road, use hand signals to indicate turns and yield to pedestrians. Plus you are not allowed to ride on the pavement!
There have recently been changes to the Highway Code. Some of which had drastic effects on the way cyclists use the road, so please take a look.
Start Slow and Build Your Endurance
If you’re new to cycling, it’s important to start slow and build your endurance gradually. Start with short rides and gradually increase the distance and intensity of your rides as your fitness improves. One great way to get started is by looking into electric bikes. These bikes aren’t cheating nor are they a way to avoid hard work, they simply give you some assistance. Be sure you don’t push yourself too hard, or too fast, as this can lead to injuries and burnout.
Stay Hydrated and Fuel Up
Cycling can be an intense workout, so it’s essential to stay hydrated and fuel your body properly. Even on cold, rainy days be sure you bring a water bottle with you on your ride and take frequent sips to stay hydrated. You may also want to pack some snacks, such as energy bars or fruit, to keep your energy levels up during long-distance rides.
Riding with the family
This is a great sport to start up when you have children. Get them used to the outdoors as early as possible! If you haven’t ridden before, then why not start with them. Your confidence will grow as they do. You can always use bike seats or trailers when they are little, plus then moving onto their own bikes once they are able to. Such a fun sport for everyone to be involved in and a great weekend and holiday activity for you to enjoy together.
Get In Touch
We are always excited when people come to us wanting to take up cycling. It’s truly a fantastic way to stay fit and explore what your local area has to offer. By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable cycling experience. Remember to choose the right bike, wear the right gear, familiarise yourself with the rules of the road, start slow, build your endurance, and stay hydrated and fueled up.
And watch out for potholes!!
If you have any questions about getting into cycling or want to know where to start, feel free to get in touch with us here at Cycle Revival. Call us at 01435 866118 or drop us an email at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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