Are you new to cycling or seriously thinking about caving to the positive peer pressure of those crazy road warriors? If so, I encourage you to read the answers to the following commonly asked questions:
Question: I want to get in to biking but don’t want to spend a fortune. What gear is necessary for me to get started without breaking the bank?
Answer: Let’s be honest, there isn’t a shortage of bike gear on the market. Many of these products are wonderful but not exactly necessary for a beginner. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money but still want to be prepared, here are the necessities you’ll want to have before hitting the road:
1.) Helmet – safety first
* This is the piece of equipment you don’t want to cheat on and hope that it never gets put to the test!
2.) A bike that has been tuned up by a bike mechanic (it’s a good idea to get a tune up before the beginning of every season)
* Safety on the bike entails more than just looking both ways before crossing the road. Having a bike that has been properly tuned up is extremely important. Many people ask me if a tune up is necessary if their bike has been “resting” in the garage for a while. Think of what happens to us humans when we are sedentary for long periods of time. The same break down happens to bikes!
3.) Water bottle and cage (or hydration system)
* The importance of proper hydration cannot be overstated. Please do yourself a favor and take water and electrolytes with you on the bike.
4.) Headlight and tail light (just in case you ever get caught on the road at dusk or in the dark)
* I didn’t realize the importance of this until I got caught in the dark after a long ride took me longer than anticipated…not a safe situation!
5.) Bike tire flat kit
* Even if you don’t know how to change a tire, having the equipment on your bike will allow others pull over and help you. Attending a tire changing clinic in your area or watching a few YouTube videos will equip you to undertake this epic activity!
Question: When is it time for me to get pedals that allow me to clip in and out?
Answer: Clipping in and out is a huge area of concern for new cyclists. If you’re new to cycling, I recommend you start by riding on standard flat pedals. However, once you’re ready to increase your power, speed and overall awesomeness…it’s time for the wonderful world of clip-less pedals! The easiest way to learn the appropriate technique for clipping in and out is by utilizing a stationary bike trainer. Being able to practice the motions without the demands of the outdoors will help create the muscle memory to make this a natural part of your cycling experience!