A Beginner’s Guide to Cycling

Cycling can sometimes come off as intimidating if you’re brand new to getting back on the bike for the first time in a few years. The resulting COVID-19 lockdown has caused many of us to start riding a bike again, or for the first time. Here are some helpful tips for setting you on the road to a successful cycling life.

Good news! You don’t have to wear tight-fitting clothes to cycle. However, to get you started, we’ve gathered up a few essential tips. After all, the goal is to hit the open road with confidence.

Choose Your Ride Carefully

Start with the essentials. You will need a lightweight bike with skinny tires to navigate those bike paths and city streets. To learn which bike is best, I encourage you to check out this handy bike size chart to get you started. I recommend starting at a local bike shop, as they will help you with custom fitting.  

Buy the Right Helmet

You’ve already noticed that cyclists wear specialized apparel. Most of it is for functional reasons, but you don’t need any of that equipment when you first start riding — except for a helmet. Cycling shorts, gloves, and shoes can be for down the road.  

Forget Headphones

Very important: It can be extremely dangerous if you don’t hear an emergency vehicle or other disturbances behind you or off to the side. Keep your head up and always be aware of your surroundings.  

Just Ride

My best advice is not to overthink cycling and just go for it! Short rides, long rides, or group rides, it’s all the same. They all count, and you’ll feel better for it. Just don’t go too hard, too early.  

Finally…

Did these cycling tips help you? Was there something important that I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive more great blog tips straight to your inbox each Friday.  If you’re looking for family activities, I encourage you to read “7 Healthy Spring Activities for the Entire Family.”

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