7 Stunning Tips to Make Riding More Fun
As recent events force us to go inside, the temptation to grab your bike and start emulating Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush can pop up.
But as much as everyone says you never forget how to ride a bicycle, it can be difficult to get back in the saddle (or even start at all if you’ve never learned).
What tips can you use to make your cycling experience the best possible? Do you want to go on a cycling tour, but are unsure of whether or not you can handle it?
We’re here to give you the top 7 cycling tips for beginners, so keep reading to learn what you need to know.
1. Pick the Bike That’s Right for You
You’ll want to cater your bike choice to the type of terrain you plan to travel across. For example, if you’re planning on cruising through your neighborhood, road bikes are your best bet.
If going through forests or nature trails is more your speed, trail bikes or mountain bikes are your answer. And if you dream of going all across a country via bicycle someday, you’ll want to nab the touring bike.
2. Pace Yourself
It’s tempting to go all out when you’re new to cycling, but it’s important to know your limits. Make a training plan for yourself to build up your muscles and you’ll be riding for hours in no time.
3. Get in Gear
A great tip for newcomers is to remember to use the gearshift on your bike when going across different levels of terrain. Higher gears will allow you more speed, but are harder to pedal (lower gear does the reverse).
Going uphill will tend to require some form of high gear because otherwise, you’re not generating enough speed to fight gravity.
4. Bring a Snack
If you have to start pulling mini Tour de Frances right out of the gate, remember to bring water and food to refuel along the way. It’s easy to injure yourself if you get dehydrated or are low on energy.
5. Dress the Part
We’re not saying biking has a dress code, but certain types of clothes will give you a more pleasant cycling experience. For example, wearing thin clothes like a jersey or athletic shorts will help decrease the air resistance you face, allowing for more speed with less effort.
You can also find special types of bike shoes that give your feet more grip on the pedals. This is perfect if you plan to ride your bike in difficult or bumpy terrain to stop crashes.
6. Safety First
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to take all the safety precautions you can, especially while you’re a new rider. Wear bright colors and a helmet, and leave the music at home so you can stay focused on the road.
If you’re planning to ride at night, nab some reflective lights for your bike so cars can see you easier.
7. Squad Up
If you’re a first-time rider, try to convince your friends and family to tag along for the ride. Not only will it help motivate you to go with a group, but you can all keep track of one another’s safety together.
Remember These Cycling Tips for Beginners
So now that you know the top 7 cycling tips for beginners, you’re ready to get out there and hit the road!
If you want to learn more about Cuba before you go, check out some of the other posts on our blog.