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PostHeaderIcon Road Biking For Beginners – Where Do I Start

Cycling is a great way to explore the beautiful outdoors and stay fit at the same time. It doesn’t really matter whether you prefer road cycling, mountain biking or some other form. Myself, I prefer road biking and I have not been doing it very long, so I have some thoughts about how to approach road biking for beginners.

 road biking for beginners Road bikes as you all know are those bikes with the curved handle bars and the small tires that you see them riding in the tour de France. Yes road bikes are made to go fast and aren’t as comfortable as maybe some of the other styles but they are made for the road and they really are a joy to ride. Besides that you don’t have to ride them at break neck speed to enjoy riding one, though it is fun.

Probably getting a bike to ride is one of the first things you will have to do. The reality is road bikes can be quite expensive. Though any one of us would gladly be riding on the very best bike available the reality is you are probably not going to start off on your dream bike. However a cheap garage sale bike probably won’t be satisfactory enough for you to enjoy your experience and therefore might even give it up.

My advice is to buy the most expensive bike you can comfortably enjoy. This may mean a garage sale special or a used bike until you at least find out how much you are going to ride and what features you are really looking for. In fact I just bought a used road bike for myself as I wanted to upgrade but couldn’t afford new. It really is not a bad way to go.

 Lose 10 Pounds If you buy used my suggestion is to take it first to a bike shop and have it tuned up so it is in the best shape it can be to ride. It truly makes a difference.

The main thing in buying a bike is it needs to be the right size. Road bikes are often sized by measuring from the pedal axel to the top of the seat post. This measurement is most often marked on the bike somewhere. I am 5’ 9” and ride a 56cm bike. My wife is 5’2” and rides a 52 cm bike. Taller people may ride a 60 cm bike. Then you need to set it up right for you. A bike shop should be able to help you with this but in another article I will talk about setting up your bike.

Beyond having a bike to ride there are also other things you need to be aware of as a beginner. One of the most important is safety. This sport perhaps more than most can be dangerous as you’re riding on the roads with the crazy drivers of cars. So my recommendation is to ride during daylight hours, wear a helmet, follow all traffic laws, yield the right of way to the cars and wear bright reflective colors.

Finally start your new mode of exercise and fun slowly. You don’t want to kill yourself right off the bat. Cycling uses different muscles than other exercises so let your body have some time to get used to the new routine even though you may already be in decent shape. Most of all enjoy yourself, and allow yourself to progress gradually.
If it isn’t fun then you’re not going to want to stick to it.

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