Thinking about cycling?
So you are thinking about taking up cycling? There are so many reasons why you should! Firstly, it is a great alternative to the gym and spending money on a monthly gym subscription! Not only that, but you will also find that cycling around town is a great change to driving around in your car so much. It won’t cause you so much stress and road rage, and you will also be doing the environment a huge favor!
But what do all new cyclists need to add to their kit? Here are some of the essentials that will keep you safe and comfortable out on your bike.
The Right Bike
Okay, so getting the right bike is super important. It needs to be the right size for you. Otherwise, you will have a very uncomfortable ride! How exactly do you know if your bike is the right fit for you? The best way to tell is to speak to a shop assistant when you buy it. They will let you take it for a quick spin around the shop, and they’ll know what to look out for when you are cycling. They can also adjust the handlebar and saddle height if they are slightly off.
Even if you are only planning on rarely using your bike, it will still help if you invest in some proper cycling clothes. Cycling apparel will certainly help you to look the part! And it will also help you stay streamlined if you plan on clocking up some serious speed on your speedometer! But there is one even major advantage of wearing all this fancy clothing. And that is that you will feel a lot comfier on your ride. Cycling clothes have been cut so that they fit your body properly and won’t cause any chafing, unlike regular clothes.
Your helmet will be one of the most important pieces of your entire cycling kit. Even though it is not a legal requirement to wear one, you should make sure that you never set off on your bike without one! Otherwise, you could end up severely injured if you end up in an accident. When you are in the shop looking for a helmet, try on as many as possible. It is super important that you get one that fits you correctly. The shop assistant will be able to help you decide and can give you advice.
If you want to start taking your cycling very seriously, you won’t be able to simply cycle around with your regular sneakers. In fact, you will need to invest in some top quality cycling shoes. These are special shoes that can clip onto your pedals. By clipping onto your pedals, you will find that your pedaling becomes a lot more efficient and that you are a lot more streamlined.
There is a lot more to getting into cycling than merely buying a bike. Hopefully, this blog post has given you a good idea of what you need!