Cycling is a fun, healthy, and environmentally responsible pastime for everyone in the family. Learning to ride a bike is an excellent way to get some exercise, learn a few new skills, and have fun by the pond or watering hole. But if you are new to the sport, it can be a challenge to find the right helmet, bike, and clothing for your new hobby. Here are a few cycling tips for beginners:
Get used to the position of your bike
Find a local park area with little traffic and plenty of room for you to practice. Your bike should be at the right height for you to easily reach the ground when you need to stop. The seat height should be set to bend your knees at about 90 degrees when in a normal riding position. Adjust the handlebars to be comfortable for you and are not too high or low.
Buy a few riding kits
Your kit should include a sturdy helmet that fits securely and has a strap to keep it tight. A comfortable pair of padded shorts will help protect your thighs and sensitive areas as you learn to ride. A pair of gloves will help you maintain a firm grip on the handlebars, and comfortable and padded shoes will have the added benefit of protecting your feet from hot road surfaces.
Practice balancing and pedaling
Balance is particularly important when first learning how to ride a bike. It would be best to find out how much weight you can carry and keep balanced on your bike. After finding this balance, pedal in a steady rhythm until you get a feel for riding. Your feet should always be placed in an upright position, using the toe-side of the shoes as your primary contact with the pedals.
Cycling is enjoyable when you feel confident while riding your bike. The more comfortable you are with the bike, the faster and longer you will ride. To become a better rider, practice until you feel comfortable on your bike. You will develop a sense of confidence in no time.
Buy some safety gear
A helmet should be purchased for each rider. Helmets are designed for different kinds of biking and offer different levels of protection for the head and other parts of the body. Before you leave the store, make sure your bike has a bell that rings when you stop as well as reflectors that show other drivers where you are going.