If you’re here, reading this, I am guessing you’re just starting your cycling journey. I know it’s a bit overwhelming but doesn’t worry; you’ll be fine now that you have this list of beginner tips.
These tips will safeguard you from any probable accidents and ensure you feel confident on the road. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
1. Use padded shorts for cycling
You should always wear padded shorts while cycling to support your hips. Avoid wearing underwear with this kind of shorts as it can feel uncomfortable during the ride.
Padded shorts, as the name suggests, provides a soft cushioning under your hips which can help you on long rides because, as a beginner, it might not be very comfortable for you to be seated on the cycle for long.
2. Always wear a helmet
Though cycling without a helmet seems fun, it is extremely dangerous. 46% of all cyclists die in Australia due to head injuries. I am sure you don’t want to invite such unfortunate incidents, so always wear a helmet while cycling.
Further, according to law, you must wear an approved helmet that must fit securely and fasten properly. So don’t invest in any helmet you find on the internet; make sure it meets all the security standards.
3. Give a shot to clipless pedals
Clipless pedals are a system that consists of special pedals and cleats. You can easily attach it to the soles of clipless cycling shoes. These pedals make your ride safe by providing instant foot entry and release.
They also improve your cycling experience by offering a good foot-to-pedal connection. You can make the binding loose to keep yourself away from any difficulties while taking off the pedals.
Further, the installation is also not very complex. You will find many videos on the internet assisting you through the process.
4. Keep a steady speed
You should know how to use the gear to ride your cycle at a balanced speed. Gears give you the best first experience of your cycling journey. It will allow you to pedal harder, cycle faster, spin effortlessly, yet move slowly.
You may face problems controlling the gear for the first few rides, but as soon as you adapt to the functions, it will be as smooth as butter.
Further, maintain your cadence between 70-90 rpm to prevent yourself from putting extra tension on your knees.
5. Make sure the height of the seat is appropriate to your height
The first time you buy a cycle, you may not know what the ideal height of your seat is.
So, here’s a tip: keep elevating your seat until your knee bends slightly at the bottom of your pedal stroke without moving your pelvis back and forth. Then, if you feel confused, consider going to the cycle shop and asking the staff to adjust your seat.
Using the wrong saddle height can lead to pain in the front part of your knee or may even make you prone to injuries.
6. Wear protection while cycling on off roads
This one is for all the bikers planning to go to the mountains. Always wear gloves and knee pads while practising new skills.
If you are going out for hardcore downhill trails, rough terrain, or big jumps, ensure that you wear back protectors and armour pads for your elbows.
7. Buy cycling glasses
Most people think that cycling glasses are not necessary. So, here’s me busting the myth for you – Cycling glasses are important because they help protect your eyes from bugs, stone, sun, wind, and rain. Thus making them important cycling apparel.
Many companies also offer interchangeable lenses for different weather conditions. Buy one lens for a bright and sunny day and another for a wet or monsoon day.
8. Switch positions while riding the cycle
Due to cycling for a long time, your hand, rear portion, and arms can feel numb. To avoid that, keep changing your hand position around the bars and move your rear end on every side of the saddle.
9. Avoid headphones when you are on the cycle
It is best to avoid headphones when you are riding any vehicle. It may block your hearing and lead to some dangerous accidents on the road. Instead, purchase a small clip-on radio with a speaker and attach it to your clothing.
Over to you…
Other than that, follow the traffic rules and always look straight while cycling. When planning to travel long distances, carry a saddle pack with tools, a repair kit, and cash or cards. Don’t forget to take water. You can also pack fruit juice to help you cope with body cramps during cycling.