A Beginner’s Guide to Cycling

Are you a beginner, hesitant to try your luck on a new bike?

Are you uncertain about riding a bike, and feel that you might not be up to it?

All beginners are a bit apprehensive at first, but once you get the hang of it, cycling is an enjoyable, fun way to exercise.

While riding a bike for the first time, or after a long time, might feel like a difficult task, it is not entirely so, and the reward itself is definitely worth the effort one puts into it. One needs only a few essential tips to get an idea of how to handle the bike, and go speeding down the road, with the wind in your hair.

Follow the tips below to get on your way to being a fully fledged cyclist.

Choosing the Ideal Bicycle

Whether it’s a child or an adult learning to cycle, the most important factor to keep under consideration is that the bicycle itself should be appropriate and in accordance with the height and other needs of the rider.

Children usually require training wheels while learning to cycle, while adults only need a little practice to gain their sense of handling and balancing the bike. The proper height, weight and type of bike play a very important role in the learning regime of an individual. The height of the seat should be adjusted according to the individual need of the rider to facilitate in easy riding and balancing.

Using Safety Cycling Gear

For every beginner, it is vital to use the essential safety gear while learning to ride a bike. A safety helmet as well as knee and elbow pads are important safety gear equipment, which should be used by every individual who rides a bike, particularly children. Beginners should make a habit of never riding without their protective gear on, as in the initial learning phase they are more likely to encounter minor accidents and balancing problems.

Trying Out Slow and Keeping Safe

Being a beginner, it is important that one takes it slow, with short rides, to get an idea of how to handle the bike and balance it properly. Practice makes perfect, therefore it is best to make a fun habit of taking a few minutes a day to ride the bike until you get a hang of it. It is important to start out slow and give oneself time to get the hang of the activity; otherwise it might lead to dissatisfaction or boredom, leaving the individual not as keen as he started out. As with picking up any new skill, it is much easier if you find it enjoyable. Few skills are more enjoyable than cycling however.

Preparing a Proper Cycling Tool Kit

For every beginner, it is important to understand the importance of a proper cycling tool kit in order to maintain the bike in proper shape and thus prevent issues and problems that arise from riding an unmaintained bicycle. A cycling tool kit should have a portable pump for any flat tires one might encounter during a ride and a proper repair tool kit with tire levers and inner tubes and all the essential paraphernalia, required for keeping the bike in top shape.

Learning to ride a bike requires effort and devotion, and with a little bit of practice, one can easily enjoy the awesome sensation of having sprouted wings while wheeling down the road with friends by your side.

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