Tips for getting into Cycling
1. A Primary Electric Introduction to Cycling .
The first step may be daunting, but once taken will enable us to cross new horizons, have a more interesting, and a healthy adventurous life style.
There is a lot to consider. The purchase of the right bike for you can be time consuming and expensive; but once the decision is made, you will have the key to many adventures.
2. Why get into Cycling?
Getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the obvious reasons, but it’s also well documented that cycling promotes positive mental health and
reduces anxiety that can lead to depression.
Escaping the city and getting into the countryside can be the perfect therapy
after a busy and stress-filled week.
3. What you'll need.
A Bike is necessary, probably a rented one to try out the frame, wheel sizes , handle bar styles .gear ratios etc......
You can source information on line, and in bricks and mortar shops
4. Gear & Clothing.
to get started we advise the following:-
- Bottle cage
- Saddle Bag
- Puncture Kit or Spare tube
- Tire levers
- Cycle Gloves
- For night riding - lights
As you develop your riding skills you may want to add the following:-
- Clipless Pedals + Shoes
- Cycling Sunglasses
- Train bag
- Cycle Computer
- Air Pump (Pre-ride)
- Garmin 830
- Garmin 830 case
- Padded shorts or underware
- Cycling cap
- Wind jacket
If you plan riding in the winter:-
- Winter socks
- Toe Caps or Booties.
- Leg and Arm Warmers
- Neck Warmer
- Winter Hat / Gloves
5. Distance & Routes.
Before your first ride into the unknown. it is advisable to asses your target distance and your ability to complete the ride successfully.
If you haven't ridden for a long time. or are a complete novice, you should limit yourself to a short ride of around 30mins on a flat surface. As you increased your ride frequency you can increase the time and distance. The variability of terrain can be increased from flat to hilly, with every ride.
6. Where to ride?
You may have a good idea of your local routes, but for variety and new discoveries, on line information can be sought via Google, or bricks and mortar shops.
7. Solo or Group.
Depending on your preferences, it is a good idea, on initial rides to go with a group or a friend. That will enable emergencies to be addressed.
8. Repairs & Emergencies.
Unfortunately, even with brand new bikes, things can go wrong. The most common being punctures.
You should learn to complete a road side puncture repair. There are many YouTube videos available for advice on puncture repairs and general bike maintenance.
9. Are you prepared for your first ride?
We hope that the above information gives a little advice and support for those new to cycling. Further the information can be found on this web site as well as YouTube and your local cycle shop.