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10 Things for a New Cyclists

Here is a list of things we wish we had known when we first started biking!
10 Things for a New Cyclists

by Arleigh Greenwald

July 17, 2018

As with any new habit, hobby or sport, it can be very daunting and overwhelming when you walk into a completely foreign arena. The questions, fears, hesitation, embarrassment, and other emotions are rushing through you may cause anxiety or even worse - they keep you from trying to start riding altogether.

Here is a list of things we wish we had known when we first started biking 

  1. You do not need to have a fancy bike to enjoy riding a bicycle.
  2. Don't go at it alone. Find a bike shop and/or friends that will help you along the journey. 
  3. Ask a lot of questions, at bike shops, to your friends, and online. 
  4. Bike shops cannot read your mind. Tell them to the best of your abilities what you want to do with your bike, what your long-term goals are and what your budget is.
  5. You don't need fancy biking clothes unless you are riding fast/far (see #6 & 7).
  6. Don’t wear underwear under your bike shorts – it will cause chaffing and can trap in moisture
  7. Bike shorts will feel like diapers, the more expensive they are, the better they will fit, and the longer they will last.
  8. Wear a helmet. It won’t save your life if your head gets run over a car, but most of our bike crashes it has kept me from getting a concussion, broken nose and in some states, it can be looked at as negligence if you are hit by a car without a helmet and have head injuries.
  9. As fast as humanly possible, find people to bike with. It will make you a better rider and you will feel safer.
  10. Enjoy the ride!

This list could easily be 100 points long. What are the things you know now that you would tell a beginner cyclist?