A Beginners Guide to Cycling

Cycling as an exercise and a sport started at around 1900s. Now cycling is one of the most popular workouts in the world. But cycling isn’t just all about workout anymore; it is also used for transportation and a way to release out stress. Not only it is ecological but being on a bike can help you save money because evidently, you don’t have to pay for gas or any parking spaces.

So, did you just buy a bicycle and eager to know what’s next for it? In this article, we are going to tell you some helpful tips that will surely benefit you, in the long run.

What You Need

1. First let’s get to the gears. What should you wear when cycling? You can wear anything you want, but wearing the proper gears can help you get more comfortable and secure.
2. Helmet – As we all know, the brain is one of the most sensitive parts we have. Any brain injuries could lead to a serious brain damage that could potentially impair you. Helmets varies from $70 and above, but this is nothing compared to how a helmet could protect you from any serious injury. Not all countries have laws about this, but cycling enthusiasts strongly suggest it.
3. Shoes – At least buy proper shoes that you’re comfortable with. If your shoes are too tight or too narrow, it could potentially hurt your feet.
5. Padded shorts – This will be particularly helpful for males. When cyclists ride for too long, they tend to feel compression in the groin that makes is a little painful or numb. Using padded shorts will help ease the discomfort.

Useful Bike Accessories

It’s also recommended to buy the following for your bicycle. These will come handy at some point when you’re biking.
1. Locks
2. Lights
3. Saddle Bag
4. Repair Kit
5. Mirror
6. Fenders
7. Bike pump
8. Water Bottle Cage

Rules of the Road

If you’re planning to use your bicycle for transportation, this will be very helpful for you.

  • Keep your eyes on the road; be attentive about the happenings around you.
  • Remember you are not the only one in the motorway.
  • If it rains, ride gentler and slower than before. It’ll also be helpful if you have reflective lights and bright clothing.
  • Furthermore, know the basic rules of the road.
    traffic light1. Follow the traffic light – Bicycles are considered as vehicles, so it’s only fair to follow traffic lights. Just like cars, traffic enforcers can fine you for crossing when it’s a red light.
    2. Make your moves predictable– Use your hands to signal to other vehicles and do not make turns that are unpredictable.
    3. Ride in the bike lane – Always ride in the lane provided for bikes only, if it’s not available, ride on the sidewalk but ride slower as there are other pedestrians walking that way.
    4. Prevent Distractions –Just like in cars, it is not recommended to use cell phones or listen to music while riding your bicycle.
    5. Always Ride on the Right –At least in the United States, each and everyone is obligated to drive on the right side of the road.

The ones above are just one of the few basic road rules when cycling. The laws will depend on every state, so if you want to be sure just google your state + cycling laws or go to this webpage: bikeleague.org/StateBikeLaws

Bike Theft – Everything You Need to Know and How to Avoid It

According to National Crime Victim Survey, about two incidents of bike theft happen per minute, this equates to more than 1.5 million bicycles a year. Contrary to the popular belief, not all bicycles are stolen in exchange for money. Some thefts steal bikes just for transportation to get from one place to another and then ditch it somewhere else.

3 Sorts of Bike Thieves Based on Their Motives

bike trade1. Volume – Steals specific types of bikes to order
2. Joyrider – Steals any bike just for transportation, they usually just abandon the bicycle after using it.
3. Acquisitive – People who steal with every opportunity. They steal it to trade it for goods, money and sometimes drugs.

Thieves use several techniques to steal bikes. The methods usually depend on the owner’s practice of locking. If the bike is poorly locked, less theft-skill will be required.

4 Known Techniques  Bike Thieves use:

Try to see if this is how you lock your bike and how a bike-thief will steal it from you. chain
1. Picking – If your locks need keys, thieves usually insert tools and pick the lock to open
2. Cutting – If your lock is something flexible, thieves can use bolt cutters, hacksaws, and tin-snips to cut your lock.
3. Lifting – If the bike is locked to a signpost that is not tall enough, thieves can easily just lift the bicycle then steal it from you.
4. Striking – If you’re using a chain lock that touches the ground, thieves can easily just use a hammer to destroy the chains or lock.

If you have a bicycle that you often use or if you’re just planning to buy one, it’s important to take precautions to take care of your bike. Be responsible and don’t add up to the millions of bicycle theft victims.

Tips to Help You Prevent Bike Theft

bike lock1. Use a good lock – It’s better if you spend money for a quality lock than a cheap lock, it will pay you off later on.
2. Do not buy cable locks, though, as they are usually cut using hacksaw or bolt cutters. Instead, buy yourself a heavy bike-chain or a D/U-lock.
3. Lock it somewhere steady– Look for a stable solid object you can find and lock it there. Ideally, if you can find a rack or a place where there are several bikes or people, then park it there.
4. Register your bike –Check the serial number of your bike then list it down. Take pictures of your bike as well so if your bike ever gets stolen, it will be easier to find. Usually, you will find your bicycle’s serial number imprinted in the metal or a sticker, under the bottom bracket.
5. Don’t leave it in the same place every day –If you often use your bicycle for transportation, try to park it in a different place every single day. This is particularly helpful for you, especially if your bike is something valuable. Some thieves may watch out for you, so be careful.

 

Reasons To Buy Your Next Bike In Person, Not Online

image of buying a bike online 1Buying everything online has turned from an enjoyable thrill to a near compulsion for people. The collective right now believes that everything is less expensive when it is purchased online. Ask a shop owner or people who work in bike shops, they see it all the time.

Cyclists come in touting the pricing they saw online (even for kids just starting out). They use your store as the springboard for their online shopping ventures. They try out look at and explore their options using your showroom as their Internet showroom. Sometimes they tell you what they are up to, and other times they keep their work close to their chest.

Bicycles are not small, have many moving parts, and the shipping is not cheap. It might be a law of the universe, but when you buy oregano online, it never fails to show up in one piece. Once you purchase that $10,000 television or the rare fine oboe, then something will go wrong. It might come to you with free shipping, but on the return trip you realize that it costs nearly $200 to ship it back to arrive in one piece without too much exposure to harsh climate elements.

While this article favors buying a bike at your local bike shop, it’s not impossible to select yours online. In fact, there is no denying that you will receive a lower price. If you’re curious about the advantages of going online, we highly recommend you check out Rovo Bike Reviews.

We explain the various risk that come along with going the online route.

Parts, Accessories, and Bike Comparisons

Price is always a factor, but in the case of deciding whether to buy online or in a shop, expand your thinking a bit. Buying online may involve many unhappy returns, at your expense. Maybe there’s a fraud on the other end, and you cannot get your money back, at least not as fast as you like.

Packaging Geniuses

So bikes come non-assembled tidily interlocked for safe and efficient shipping. You say you still have not mastered replacing the back wheel without having to have the bike shop put the chain back on for you? Then this non-assembled bike will never get built, not without paying the local bike shop extra money to do the job for you.

Here’s a quick guide to help you assembly your bike.

So, if you need to return it and buy another and then need it built for you, that costs a few hundred dollars even before hitting the road the first time. Is the discount to buy online still exceeding the savings of going directly to the local shop first, where you build rapport while you learn to replace inner tubes yourself?

The other fun part is when parts are missing from the box. From the likes of what bike shop experts see, the boxes are not treated well in shipment. A missing part will have you wondering what’s wrong with your assembling skills. At a bike shop, they see what’s missing, and can grab an extra from the shelf, or contact a vendor to send replacements pretty quickly.

You say you are handy with your, well, hands? Even so, bikes require precision in assembly. All those little and big parts need to move in line with one another, without friction here, and definitely with some tightness there. One misstep and a wheel will get bent, or something falls off, and someone gets hurt.

Here are the basics of assembling a bike. Seriously, by the end, you probably will want to hire a professional, and just buy from the shop from the very beginning.

Unpacking The Parts

If something is wrong that makes the bike a potential hazard, you guessed it. You have to pack it all back up and fit it all back in that box, without creating more damage. Vendors might wonder if you damaged it before sending it back. In the store, if this is the case, their vendors and distributors pay the return shipping, which can be anywhere from $120 to nearly $200. If you still want to buy your bicycle online, be clear on the return shipping terms and conditions before you ever hit the buy button.

Why Stop Here?

Brakes are never aligned right when you pull them out of the box. They are crooked and probably rubbing the rim, or not making proper contact with the wheels. The cables require adjustment to meet a happy medium here. It also depends upon whether you are in the age of hydraulics or disc brakes what other adjustments may be necessary

Most of the bike is assembled though some parts are deliberately attached backward. For instance you probably will find if the stem and handlebars arrive together and attached, it is backward and upside down. Next, if you do have to attach parts, let’s hope you paid attention to how to apply proper torque in shop class back in high school.

You never took shop? You never assembled anything before in your life? This is not the time to start. Remember that how well you assemble matters where a bicycle is concerned. It would probably void your warranty and could harm you.

Once you get it all together, you are ready to hit the road, right? Not if the sizing is off. It is not necessarily a reason to send it back. You will have to visit your local bike shop to have them swap parts for a proper fit.

Another great reason to get out to your local bike shop is to find a community of bike enthusiasts who also want to ride. They are a great way to talk about latest equipment, and build a group of people to call when you want to go for a ride.