15 Cycling Tips for Beginners

August 22, 2018

15 Cycling Tips for Beginners

If you’ve just started riding recently and looking for some cycling tips that can save you some time and trouble on your two-wheeled riding adventures. Our 25 cycling tips have been designed for beginners who are looking for tips about clothing, technique, your kit and nutrition. So, whether you are a road cyclist, mountain biker or city commuter these tips will help you get the most enjoyment out of cycling that you can.

  1. Padded shorts.

Its not a surprise that this would be the first cycling tip being that its probably one of the most important. Padded cycling shorts will stop your backside from hurting so much whilst your bone and muscles adjust to a new seating position.

  1. Wear a helmet.

Wearing a helmet can be like talking politics sometimes. Some people are for it, some are against it however, the reality is it could save you from some severe damage if you were to fall and hit your head. A light, comfy and affordable helmets are not hard to find and should be incorporated into everyone’s cycling kit.

  1. Cycling Road Shoes

Cycling road shoes allow you to pedal more efficiently and make a considerable difference to your energy and strength output. You may be scared of wearing cycling shoes that clip into cleats as there is a good chance you have seen someone fall over on their bike by not being able to unclip their shoes. This may happen however, it doesn’t take long to get used to wearing your cycling shoes.

  1. Get protection if you’re mountain biking

If you’re planning to mountain bike ride then gloves and knee pads should be a minimum. Elbow and back protectors should also be considered if you’re planning on tackling some downhill trails or tracks.

  1. Get some cycling goggles

Cycling goggles or glasses could just be your sunglasses you use for your everyday driving. It’s not uncommon to get hit in the eye with bugs and it isn’t nice. Avoid the stinging and if you’re planning on riding, wear some form of eye protection.

  1. Clean and oil your chain regularly

If you’re wanting to avoid some dreaded creaking and expensive chain ring replacements then you should regularly oil your chain. Even more so if you ride during bad weather.

  1. Check your tyre pressure

Your recommended pressure should be listed on the sidewall of your bike tyre. It may even be worthwhile keeping a hand pump in your cycling kit as well in case it’s ever needed.

  1. Fit mudguards during wet weather

You don’t want to be that person who has just ridden through some dirty road water and now have a nice big lot of dirt up your back.

  1. Learn to repair a puncture

Learn how to repair a puncture and how a puncture repair kit within your cycling gear. A Puncture kit can usually get you back on the road quite quickly without you being stranded.

  1. Tell people where you’re riding

If you’re going for a long ride, tell people where you are going and what time to expect you back. No, this isn’t to satisfy a nagging wife, you never know what can happen or where.

  1. The front brake can stop you quicker than the rear

The front brake is usually more efficient at allowing you to come to a complete stop. Make sure to get used to your bike before you go slamming on the breaks if needed. Getting used to your break will allow you to not go over the handlebars if you need to brake suddenly.

  1. Cornering

When you’re cycling around a corner your outside pedal should be at its lowest position with a bit of pressure being placed on it. This can stop you from sliding out particularly in the wet.

  1. Learn to ride in a group

The best way to ride in a group is to keep a level head and not make any sudden jolts or movements or apply any sharp braking. Keep a look out for hand signals by the front rider and warn fellow riders of any possible obstacles that they may not see until it’s too late.

  1. Get your bike sized

You will be a lot more comfortable and powerful on your bike if your saddle is adjusted to the correct height and your handle bars are set up correctly.

  1. Avoid cross chaining gears

If you’re riding in the largest chain ring, don’t run it with the largest cassette cog and vice-versa.

Lastly, make riding fun! Find friends to ride with, explore new roads and challenge yourself to become a better rider.

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