If you are looking for ways to get into shape for the first time, or perhaps you are coming back from an absence and want to get back into shape, then you should consider cycling. Cycling is a great way to have fun while getting into shape, and best of all you can actually save money while you are doing it! Here are a few helpful tips for getting on the road for the first time:
- Do not think you have to have all the toys in order to get started. Bicycle accessories are fun to have, but they are not a requirement for a beginner cyclist. All that you really need to get going is a bike and a helmet. The rest of the accessories will follow as you learn what you need and what you can do without. Sometimes first you have to decide what kind of cyclist that you are: are you a road cyclist, a mountain biker, a weekend warrior, etc.
- You do not have to buy an expensive bike to get started. There are many great affordable options available out there. As long as a bike is in good working condition, it will be a good bike to start with. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the options that are available out there, try talking to someone at a bike shop (not a large sporting goods store, but an actual bike shop) and tell them what you think you are looking for. A good bike salesman will listen to you and answer your questions, and likely even suggest going on a few test rides on different types of bikes to find out what style will suit you best. Some shops like Small Planet Ebikes will even allow you to book test rides in advance, so you do not have to worry about them being too busy to help you when you arrive.
- Consider an Ebike. An electric bike is a great way for a beginner to get on the road. They are motorized bikes that can be turned on or off as you ride, so they can assist you with pedaling if you are feeling a little wiped out on your ride, or maybe you need some help getting over a particularly nasty hill. The best part about electric bikes is that they allow you to leave you home with confidence. You do not have to be wary about traveling too far too fast and not being able to get yourself home. You can simply use your motor on your bike to help propel you back home.
- Learn how to properly use your gears. Your gears can save you in many different situations. Use them to help you up and over a big hill, or perhaps even when you go down it. You can save your knees and your back this way, as trying to pump up a large hill can cause you to put undue strain on different parts of your body.