Beginner Cycling Tips | How to become a cyclist | Bicycling
Most people already know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids as it was the way they went from one place to another during their childhood but now that you have reached adulthood, everything seems to be a little more difficult, and that include biking. You have to worry about equipment, traffic and whether we like to admit it or not, a little crash will hurt more once you grow up. The good news is that cycling is not very different from when as a child you rode your bike. Biking can help you feel younger, healthier and lose weight.
Step 1: Get the Bike
The first thing that you need to do when you decide to take cycling as an adult is to get the bike. You probably will not be getting the same type of bike that you had when you were a kid as you probably want it for different reasons. Think of the reason why you want the bike. Do you want it to go mountain biking or off the road or do you want something to keep on the road while getting some exercise? Once you have answered that question, take a look at the available bicycles in the market.
Step 2: Get the Gear
Once you have decided on the bicycle you want, it is time to get the gear. Some gear is very much common sense. You should be getting the helmet, gloves, padded shorts and a pump. This gear will help you be comfortable while you ride as well as safe. Other gear that you want to add to your list is the flat repair kit, appropriate lights for night riding and other protective gear if you are not feeling comfortable about your riding skills. Some gear is essential while others are for making you look like a cyclist.
Step 3: Plan the Routes
While having the bike and the gear are step one and two, step three is probably the one thing that will keep you the safest and that is planning your route. You should try to go on the road in places where there is space for you to ride. That means that cars will not have to go around you to avoid hitting you. You can plan your route by looking at the different roads in the neighborhood you are biking on. Take a drive before you go out on your bike to get a better idea.
Step 4: Be Ready To Go
Once you have your gear, you only have a couple more things that you have to be ready with. Make sure that you have enough water for your entire ride; staying hydrated is very important hen riding a bike. You should also not ride if you haven’t had any meals during the day. Riding on an empty stomach is a great way to sabotage yourself by not getting enough nutrients to give you energy for your entire ride. Also, make sure that you stretch your muscles before you ride.