Beginning Cycling Training Tips
It may have been a couple years since the last time your rode a bike, but you are thinking of taking up the sport again and have no clue where to start.
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There is a lot to take into consideration when starting any new sport and cycling can be especially overwhelming. You have to think of the bike, rules of the road, proper gear, safety precautions, and how to get over the first hump of being out of shape and relearning to ride a bike. It is not difficult, but a few tips will steer you in the right direction. Stop by any San Diego bike shop for your first bike fitting and talk with the experts about getting into the sport for the first time; they will guide you in the right direction.
· The right bike: If you plan on riding many miles your body will thank you if you are riding the right bike for your size and shape. You might already have a bike that isn’t working out and the good news is that many shops will do a road bike trade in to help get you fitted for a better bike. It doesn’t have to be extremely expensive, just needs to feel comfortable when riding it.
· Learn your bike basics: Get to know your bike very well. When you need to climb a tough hill or turn sharply, knowing your bike and how to use the gears properly will save you. Get used to the bike seat, thinner wheel surface, speed of the bike, and especially the gear system.
· Safety tips: Riding a road bike is not like cruising around on your old BMX bike as a kid. There are many more safety tips to consider. If you are riding and only have one lane for you and a car, take the lane until you can safely move over to the right again instead of squeezing in the lane and being sideswiped. Always be on the lookout for opening car doors and know your surroundings so you can make a quick movement to get out of the way.
· Join a club: The best way to get started and remain motivated is by joining a bike club. There are many different clubs around with all different experience levels. They will keep you on a regular schedule and be able to give you advice. If a club isn’t for you, find at least one cycling buddy to keep you accountable for your daily or weekly rides.