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Cycling tid-bits for those starting out

I am so thankful for my readers’ support and the stories of people who are beginning their cycling endeavors. I thought I’d add some tips I’ve learned to help make the sport even more fun.

The handle bars, drop positioning and seat have all been adjusted for my specific fit.
The handle bars, drop positioning and seat have all been adjusted for my specific fit.

First, whether you have a bike from a local retail store or you’ve invested in a higher-end quality bicycle, get fitted. The benefits can be the difference between enjoying or hating the sport all together. I found a blog with in-depth information on just this subject.

This riser was added to my handlebar to bring them higher and closer to me.
This riser was added to my handlebar to bring them higher and closer to me.

I can tell you from personal experience, that I had to raise my handlebars because my hands were going numb about 5 miles into my ride and didn’t let up until I was done. Since I like riding 30+ miles, that wasn’t going to work. I also had to raise my seat and it’s set as far forward as it can go. I am short, so my 48 cm bicycle is meant for my frame, but since my legs are longer in proportion to my torso and arms, I needed to be closer to my handlebars. Numb hands are a big issue for riders. Make sure you wear gloves with padding for the ulnar nerve as well as for protection for you hands in case you fall.  If you are new to cycling, I promise you will fall eventually.

I had to move my seat all the way forward for my fit to be perfect.
I had to move my seat all the way forward for my fit to be perfect.

I also found a Bicycling Beginners Guide which I wish I would have found when I started my cycling journey a year ago. It really outlines what to look at, questions to ask and “how to” for picking a bike, as well as more information on that all too important fitting.

There are a ton of resources available online.

If you are trying to use cycling for weight loss, general fitness or recreation, make sure you are eating for the amount of calories you’ll burn. I have found nothing that burns calories like cycling and you’ll feel it halfway through your ride if you haven’t fueled yourself properly. Also, stay hydrated! There are a ton of nutrition resources and Velo News is a great resource.

This post is really meant to help steer my readers in the right direction. We’ll focus on some more cycling tips another day.

For now, enjoy the weather, breathe deep and see the world from the seat of a bicycle. There is simply nothing else like it.

Make sure you ride safe. Keep a tube replacement kit with you in case you get a flat. Your local bike mechanic will gladly teach you how to do this.
Make sure you ride safe. Keep a tube replacement kit with you in case you get a flat. Your local bike mechanic will gladly teach you how to do this.
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Pay it forward

One of the many things I’ve learned since I started cycling is the act of paying it forward. This isn’t necessarily a monetary thing, but time and patience.

Some of the riders in my local cycling club, Kernersville Cycling Club, are new riders and don’t ride far or fast. We’ve had trouble getting people to lead rides for them, and we are not catering to a lot of our members.

Now, after all I’ve written about with my veteran cycling groups, it’s my turn to do something. I decided to lead the slow/training rides for riders who are not comfortable going faster or who simply can’t. This ought to be fun. Hopefully our club membership will flourish and I will get to give back to my community and cycling club.

Friday is that ride. Hopefully I’ll have photos to follow!