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.
3. Saddle Bag
4. Repair Kit
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.
1. 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