No matter where you live, chances are cycling is a great option to add to your fitness routine. Though riding a bike is a fairly self-explanatory activity, there are some important basics to make sure you are aware of before you hit the road for the first time.
- Bright and tight fitness wear is not just for serious bikers. Newbies should take fitness apparel seriously as well. Vibrant colors will make you more visible to drivers and less likely to be involved in an accident. Tight clothing is also important because baggy apparel could get stuck in the chain of your bike.
- You don’t have to be a mechanic, but be sure to know basic bike maintenance. Remember the cycling ABC’s. A is for “air,” B is for “break” and C is for “chain and crank.” Those are the things you need to check before you go out for a ride.
- You don’t need an expensive bike. Though a pricier bike can be nice, you don’t have to start with the most expensive option. Any working bike will get you where you need to go and help you get into the cycling routine.
- You aren’t tied down to the uncomfortable seat. Bikes usually come with a generic saddle, but upgrading to a seat with gel padding will make your rides more enjoyable.
- Know the rules of the road. Cycling is safe when you know proper hand signals and where you need to be in your lane.
Written by: Jade Spilka