Beginner’s guide to cycling

Whether you’ve cycled in the past or you’re taking it up for the first time, cycling has so many benefits. Thanks to the numerous lockdowns here in the UK, many people have taken to two wheels and started their cycling journeys.

Regardless of whether it is for fitness or just to get out of the house, the feeling of the wind rushing through your hair and the ability to travel further than if you were to go out for a run or walk are like nothing else. Here are some of the things you’ll need to know before you take to the cycle paths.

All the gear and no idea

First things first, it’s all well and good buying all the expensive gear and thinking it will support you while you’re out and about. But the truth is if you don’t have good cycling knowledge and aren’t confident on the roads, you could find yourself in trouble.

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to cycling, don’t panic. You may not have ridden since you were a child, but the basics will get you far. Remember that cycling is not only a fun, enjoyable way to get outside, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for your mental and physical health.

Why not get yourself some Lycra clothing and a reliable helmet from one of the many cycling brands there are out there.

Finding the perfect bike for you

With so many different bikes out there, it can be difficult to know which is right for you. There are a number of factors to consider before you go out to make your purchase, including making sure your finances are in shape beforehand.

When you step into your local cycling shop, it may feel overwhelming seeing how many different bikes there are at different price points, so it’s important to look for one that’s practical for how many times you’ll be using it and your budget.

From a weekend bike to the more serious mountain and road bikes, look for a frame that will suit your body. Factor in your height and remember you should be able to touch your toes to the ground. Our top tip is to choose a lightweight bike if you’re a beginner.

Our top riding advice

There are a few things you’ll need to do before you set off on your ride:

  • Make sure your seat is adjusted to the right height
  • Ensure your tyres are pumped up and that you have a spare inner tube just in case
  • If you’re heading on a long journey, it’s wise to pack a puncture repair kit in your bag
  • Take a small bag with you. This can have water and snacks inside, as well as anything you need for your bike
  • Make sure you’re dressed for the weather
  • Protection is key so make sure you have lights and reflective gear

Above all, be confident and embrace your new hobby! You’ll have so much fun exploring.

Written by Monella

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