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How to start cycling



Getting used to cycling daily can be quite easy as long as you get the right equipment and don't get too ambitious in the beginning. To start, choose between a road or mountain bike based on the type of terrain to ride. Then get a solid helmet and download a bike app that makes it easy to track your distance and speed. Start with a small goal of cycling per ride. Cycle 2-4 times a week based on your comfort level until you can cycle longer distances more regularly.

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[ Edit ] Buy a bike

  1. Get a mountain bike if you want to ride on unpaved surfaces. Mountain biking is not exclusively for mountains! If you plan to ride regularly on dirt, gravel or grass, choose a mountain bike to make your experience more comfortable. Mountain bikes are heavier and have strong frames, which help prevent them from breaking or losing traction in rocky terrain or uneven surfaces. [1]
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    • If you are going to cycle over long distances, look for a bike with a clamp for your water bottle.
    • Mountain bikes can be a bit heavy and bulky. If you plan to keep it in your home, keep the storage space in mind when looking at a bike.
    • A used mountain bike usually costs $ 100-300. New mountain bikes tend to be at least $ 400, but you regularly see prices in the range of $ 1000-2000.
  2. Choose an easy road bike if you are going on paved roads. If you will be doing most of your cycling on streets or paved tracks, choose a road bike. Road bikes are smaller than mountain bikes and have thinner wheels, making it easier to get them up to a higher speed. Road bikes are also lighter, making them easier to steer, carry and maneuver. [2]
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    • If you live in an apartment and will ever need to bring your bike with you, a bicycle will be easier to store than a mountain bike.
    • Used mountain bikes and road bikes are usually just as expensive. Expect to spend $ 100-300 on a used road bike. A new road bike costs $ 400- $ 1000.
    • Race bikes are a type of bike. They tend to be extremely lightweight and are designed to go as quickly as possible on paved surfaces. However, they tend to be quite expensive and delicate, so do not choose a race bike to start if you do not always cycle on a smooth pavement without obstacles.
  3. Get a folding bike if you are cramped in space or live in an apartment. If you live in an apartment on the second or third floor or if you have no room at all, buy a folding bike. Folding bikes can be easily dismantled to make them smaller, and they are extremely lightweight. However, they cannot go very fast and they are terrible at making it up hills. This makes folding bikes an excellent option if your sole purpose is to make short trips in an overloaded area. [3]
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    • Folding bikes are usually a little cheaper than a mountain bike or a bicycle. New folding bikes are usually $ 100-300, but they are even cheaper if you find a used one.
  4. Buy a used bike if you are just getting started. The cost difference between new and used bikes can be quite extreme. You can get a solid used bike for $ 150, but a decent model that is brand new can cost you $ 500-1000. Since you are just starting out, you may not know what your preferences are. If you get a new bike and it turns out that it is not right for you, you will be out pretty much money. On the other hand, it is not so good to sell a used bike and get another model. [4]
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    • Used bikes are not necessarily inferior to new bikes. They just tend not to be so shiny and may not have lots of features. However, a used bike can run just as well as a new bike.
  5. Avoid a custom or fixed gearbox until you are used to cycling regularly. To save yourself some money and heart damage, wait until you know exactly what you are looking for before buying a custom or fixed gear. Fixed-gear bikes don't have brakes, and they can be quite difficult to get used to if you've never checked one. Custom bikes come with features and components that you won't even notice unless you're a veteran rider. [5]
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    • Custom bicycles use specific components required by buyers to achieve a certain weight balance, feel and frame structure. This is unnecessary for someone who has just started.
  6. Go to a reputable bike shop and get a bike that feels right. Don't buy your bike online. Instead, go to a local bike shop and ask to test out some models that look interesting to you. When taking a test ride, make sure the bike is comfortable and feels good in your hands. Your bike should be easy to maneuver and pedal. Once you find a bike you like, pay for it and enjoy your new ride. [6]
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    • While some advanced bike shops do not sell used models, almost every other bicycle shop sells used bicycles.
    • Don't worry if the bike screams when you go. The store will adjust the brakes and oil chain for you before you dispose of it.
    • Buy a bike with gears. This makes it easier to control how fast you are pedaling. Almost all road and mountain bikes have gears. The gears look like little knobs or switches on the handlebars that you can turn to change the tracks the chain is on.

[ Edit ] Get the right gear

  1. Buy a new helmet that fits your head comfortably. A helmet is mandatory if you want to ride a bike. Get a hard-shell helmet that fits your head. The helmet should be hard enough so that it does not fall off while you ride, but loose enough that it does not hurt when you wear it for an extended period of time. [7]
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<li>  Choose a comfortable pair of bike shorts if you take long rides. All fancy bicycle clothing is not mandatory for an amateur cyclist, although it serves a purpose. If you are sure that cycling will be a regular activity for you, pick up a comfortable pair of cycling pants. Cycling pants are more dense and are usually made of spandex or nylon. They are designed to prevent the thighs from dropping and that your pants will catch in the chain as you go. <sup id=[8]
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    • You can cycle while wearing regular pants if you like. Sweatpants, jeans and sports pants are all great to ride in. If you find your pants getting stuck in the chain regularly, roll your left leg to keep it elevated about the gears.

    [19659009] Buy a cycling jersey if you want to stay dry while you go. Cycling jerseys are tight fitting nylon or bucket shirts. They tend to be colored so that you are very visible when you go at night. They are also very absorbent and will soak up sweat when you go to stay dry. Get a comfortable cycling jersey that fits well to stay boring and visible. [9]

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    • Again, specialized cycling clothes are not required if you are a beginner. You can easily run in a T-shirt, sweater, sweater or jacket.
    • If you are going to have a regular shirt and bike at night, throw on a reflective vest so drivers and pedestrians can easily see you.
  2. Wear sports shoes before moving up to bicycle shoes. Bike shoes have ridges that hook into the tracks of some bike pedals. Since you probably start with standard pedals, they are not necessary. Wear a good pair of tennis or running shoes when you start. Tie your laces to you and double-button your shoes to prevent the laces from sticking to the chain. If they get stuck on a regular basis, you can tie the cords in your shoes before getting on the bike. [10]
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    • The second purpose of cycling shoes is to streamline your energy transfer while riding. However, your goal when starting out should be to maintain a good posture and get into the habit of cycling. If you only care about speed you will be frustrated when you start cycling.
  3. Obtain an air pump to avoid frequent trips to the gas station. Of course, the air in the bicycle tire will escape over time, even if you do not have a punctured tire and keep the air valve tight. To avoid having to go to the gas station every couple of weeks, get an air pump to refill your bike's tire. [11]
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    • Get a manual pump if you want to save money. Buy an electric or mechanical air pump to help fill your tires.
  4. Download a bike app to track your distance and speed. Instead of spending money on a nice pedometer or GPS system, download an app to track how far and fast you ride your bike. Bike Computer, Strava and MapMyRide are the most popular apps for cyclists. They will track your speed, route and monitor how often you go. This information is important when it comes to tracking your progress. [12]
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    • Strava, Bike Computer and MapMyRide are all free. You can download them from the phone's app store.
    • You can connect a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to Strava and the Bike computer if you want.

[ Edit ] Riding Your Bike

  1. Adjust the saddle so that your knee bends slightly when you pedal. When your pedals are closest to the ground, your knee should be slightly bent to avoid stress on your tendons and hamstrings. Adjust the saddle by lifting the latch and pulling it out to the unlocked position. Then slide the seat up or down to adjust the height. Close the latch and press it firmly to lock your seat in place. [13]
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  2. Develop an attitude that you can keep. There is no correct posture for typical cycling, but the straighter you can hold the spine the better. When cycling, keep the arms of the chair in line with the center of the tailbone. Stay seated while pedaling and try to sit upright while staying comfortable. The more relaxed you are when cycling, the more likely you are to cycle for a longer period of time. [14]
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  3. Ride with your hands in the drops handle to steer and brake. The drops on the handles refer to the loop where the handles dip. Place both hands on the handle on the underside to facilitate steering and braking. On a mountain bike there are no drops, so place your hands where it is convenient and easy to reach the brakes. [15]
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    • When braking, use the rear brake to make step-by-step stops. If you need to make an emergency stop, apply both brakes at the same time and apply the front brake as lightly as possible to avoid turning over.
  4. Develop a pedal cadence of 70-90 rpm to cycle efficiently. When you ride your body, your body is most effective when you pedal a little over once a second. To develop a good tread pattern, turn the gear on the front of your bike until you can comfortably cycle at a rate of 70-90 rpm (rpm). This will require a little trial and error, so change your gears as you start to go to determine what works best for you. [16]
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    • Gears control which track the chain hangs on, which changes the amount of resistance you experience as you pedal. They are designed to make it easier to keep your pace while cycling up or down a hill. Use them on flat surfaces to adjust how fast you need to pedal.
    • Almost all racing and mountain bikes have gears.
  5. Look down the road or trail as you cycle to avoid obstacles. To avoid encountering giant pots, stones or obstacles, look up while cycling. Your first temptation may be to look down at the handlebars to focus on the body's movements, but it can be dangerous. Keep an eye on the road or track to avoid encountering anything. [17]
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    • It is good if it is a little more comfortable for you to lean your head down. Just make sure you look up while doing this.
  6. Communicate with drivers using hand signals on public roads. To avoid astonishing drivers, you must communicate when planning to stop or turn. To indicate that you are turning left, extend your left arm directly from the body. For a right turn, extend your left arm and bend the elbow at a 90-degree angle upwards. To indicate that you are stopping or braking out, stretch out your left arm with bending in the elbow pointing downward. This way, drivers will know when you are turning, moving or stopping. [18]
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    • Hand signals are made with the left arm because the right hand controls the rear brake. This is the more important brake for cyclists, as the front brake should never be pulled on its own.
    • If you are absolutely certain that you do not need to brake, feel free to enter the right turn by extending your right arm out.

[ Edit ] Staying Motivated to Ride Regularly

  1. Start with a smaller goal to cycle per ride. If you start with a massive goal of cycling for a week, you will struggle to reach your goal. Start with a small, achievable one goal per ride. You can always work your way up to longer journeys over time. If you start small, you will ensure that you are not deterred from reaching your goal. It will also prevent damage due to long rides before your body is ready for it. [19]
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    • If you are really new to cycling, you can start even less. Choose a quiet 4-5-lane road with little or no traffic. Practice riding that road perfectly before going up to a longer, more difficult ride.
    • Track your distance during each session with a bike app.
  2. Bike 2-4 times a week to give your body time to heal between rides. After your first ride you will probably be quite sore. Overworking your body is a safe way to discourage you from cycling. Take free days between rides so you cycle 2-4 times a week based on your comfort level. [20]
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    • If you start cycling so you can get to work or school every day, start cycling 2-3 times a week. Drive or take public transport on the days you take off. Work up to a whole week over time.
  3. Make a habit of cycling by tracking how often you ride. It is difficult to start a new habit if you are not responsible. Write in a diary how often you go every day. Notice the distance you cycled too. Review your results at the end of the week to determine if you have achieved your goal or not. By tracking how often you actually ride a bicycle, you know for sure if you get into a cycle of cycling regularly. [21]
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    • It becomes easier to reach your goal over time as you get used to cycling and track your progress.
  4. Avoid roads that include hills or rough terrain until you are ready. To make sure you don't hurt yourself, stick to flat, easy routes to get started. Minimize the number of turns you need to take and stay away from hills or rocky roads. Skills are required to navigate difficult routes; until you have some experience you are better at playing it safe. [22]
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    • If you stay on flat roads with few obstacles, you can become comfortable with pedaling without having to pay attention to your terrain.
  5. Find a bicycle group that takes scheduled rides together. If you have trouble getting into the habit of cycling regularly, join a bike group. Cycling groups are a set of people who ride bikes together on scheduled trips, and having a set of people to ride with will keep you motivated. Go to your local bike shop and ask for a group to ride with. You can also search online for a beginner cycling group that is open to new members. [23]
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[ Edit ] Tips

  • Don't pray too hard for yourself. It takes time to get into the habit of cycling regularly! It is natural to need a break every now and then.

[ Edit ] Warnings

  • If you live in a big city, stay away from congested areas unless they have dedicated bike lanes.
  • Always wear bright or reflective clothing before going out at night.

[ Edit ] Things You Need

[ Edit ] Get suitable equipment

  • Helmet
  • Bicycle pants (optional)
  • Cycling Jersey (optional)
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Air Pump
  • Tracking Distance App

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