Along with walking, running and swimming, cycling is one of the easiest ways to get yourself into shape. It’s easy to work into your daily routine, and in some cases it can even make life easier – especially if you’re commuting just a mile or so daily.
To get your cycling life off to the best start, whether you’re returning to the activity for the first time in years, or you’re an entirely new cyclist, it’s worth following a few tips. Let’s run through a few of the more effective ones.
If you buy from a local shop, then you’ll be about to inspect the vehicle up-close, and benefit from advice about what you’re going to need, and what kind of bike will best match your needs.
If you aren’t comfortable in the saddle, then you’re unlikely to stick with the hobby. Get your posture and saddle-height right.
Invest in the Right Equipment
The most important piece of equipment you should own is a helmet, followed by a lock. Waterproof jackets, cycling shorts, shoes and pedals will help you to ride in comfort.
Learn to Fix a Puncture
Being able to fix a puncture is an essential skill. Make sure that you have the necessary equipment wherever you go – that way you won’t be stranded.
If you’re cycling, it’s important that you do so in a way that’s safe, not just for your own sake, but for that of other road users. That means investing in cycle insurance, following the rules of the road, and not wearing headphones.
Know your Limits
If you try to do too much, too soon, then you’ll end up burning yourself out, and becoming sick of the hobby entirely.
Find a Group
If you can cycle with other people, then you’ll get a social benefit alongside your exercise, which will make you more likely to stick with it.
Create a Habit
Another thing that will give your new hobby a little bit of extra staying power is a daily commitment to it. If you do it at the same time each day, for the same duration, then it’ll be a more difficult habit to break.
Stay Hydrated and Fuelled
If you don’t have food and water when you’re out on a long ride, then you’ll suffer considerable discomfort. Make sure you’ve got a flask strapped to your bike, or in your backpack, and keep yourself hydrated.
Maintain your Bike
Finally, you should learn how to care for your bike – even if it’s just a little bit. You’re going to be entrusting your safety to this vehicle, so keeping it in optimal condition is highly advisable.