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
- You do not need to have a fancy bike to enjoy riding a bicycle.
- Don't go at it alone. Find a bike shop and/or friends that will help you along the journey.
- Ask a lot of questions, at bike shops, to your friends, and online.
- 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.
- You don't need fancy biking clothes unless you are riding fast/far (see #6 & 7).
- Don’t wear underwear under your bike shorts – it will cause chaffing and can trap in moisture
- Bike shorts will feel like diapers, the more expensive they are, the better they will fit, and the longer they will last.
- 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.
- As fast as humanly possible, find people to bike with. It will make you a better rider and you will feel safer.
- 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?