Want to start cycling this year? It can be daunting trying to figure out where to start. So we have compiled a list of top tips to think about before you get started.
Learn to ride.
We have a variety of sessions that you can join to learn to ride, from weekly sessions, half-term sessions and evening sessions for you to choose from, just need a top-up drop into one of our weekly sessions or to our bike loan sessions and get your confidence back.
It is important to be confident on your bike, so start off slow, if you are unsure of how to cycle on the road, we have Bikebility sessions that you can attend. Start slowly and try to cycle in your local park, back garden or on an empty street.
Make sure your bike is right for you.
Ensuring your bike is correct for you is important, if you are unsure drop into one of our Dr Bikes sessions where we can adjust the cycle for your height and ensure it is tailored to suit you.
Join a Local Cycling club.
Looking to start cycling but don’t own a bike? No problem join our cycling session where we will provide you with a bike and equipment to get started. You can also loan a bike and take it for a spin from our bike hubs.
Basic checks and Maintenance.
You might not want to try this immediately, but once you’re up and running, it can be handy to know how to look after your bike. Learning how to fix a puncture is an essential skill, and do make sure you always carry a repair kit (tyre levers, new inner tube, puncture repair kit and pump!) when you’re heading out.
Wear comfortable clothing
Wear what you feel most comfortable in when cycling – but do try and avoid wearing overly loose or baggy clothing which might get trapped in your chain or wheels.
It’s important to stay safe, if you are just starting out we would highly recommend starting with our Bikeability course which will help you develop your confidence on the road. Or try your local park cycling routes until you are confident.
When you head out for the first time, be sure to remember it’s important to stay fueled whilst on a bike ride. You need to keep your energy levels up and avoid becoming overly tired!
Keep your bike clean
To help your bike last, we highly recommend cleaning it regularly. Regularly clean off any debris or mud with warm soapy water and a sponge. Keep your chain oiled and gears clean. This will not only make the bike safer to ride but will help if you ever need to do any maintenance work on it.
Lastly an especially important one – have fun! Everyone who cycles does so because they enjoy it and the more you practice the better you’ll get so don’t be discouraged. Find other cycling enthusiasts in your area by joining our led ride sessions near you.