Most Common Mistakes New Cyclists Make
Regardless of age, any person getting a new bike will feel incredibly excited. Getting a bike is almost like getting an adrenaline shot, you immediately get excited, euphoric even, and you just can’t stop thinking about it. You want to ride everywhere and if it weren’t so uncomfortable you’d even sleep while cuddling your bike.
There’s no harm in feeling super excited and by all means, do keep your enthusiasm going. Though before you go riding your bike into the sun, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. It can save you from having a nasty accident or growing tired of your new bike rather quickly. Here the most common mistakes newbie cyclists make.
Thinking Pain and Discomfort is Normal
Some soreness is normal. Feeling like you got run over by a truck after every ride, is not. Your knees should not be hurting from riding your bike, if they do, you need to check if your sit is too low or too high and make the proper adjustments.
Overall, you should be using the right fit. Make sure the bike is exactly the right size for you before buying. Remember that your feet should barely be able to touch the ground while sitting on the saddle and that your arms should be at a comfortable 45-degree angle when resting on the handlebars. Anything else will make you feel uncomfortable or result in pain that will completely dissuade you from riding your bike altogether.
Spending Lots of Money of Gear
We’ve all been guilty of this. We find a new hobby, get super excited and end up buying tons of stuff for it that realistically, we don’t really need. When it comes to cycling, try to control your input because it can get really expensive, really fast.
Do invest on protection gear. But anything other than that will not be necessary while you’re getting used to riding your bike every day. Whenever you feel the impulse of getting something new, really think about how often you’ll be using it. Generally, try not to make any big purchases in the first 3 months of your new lifestyle.
Ignoring the Weather Report
So, you’re ready, pumped, and feeling extra motivated. Then, 5 minutes into your ride, a huge storm starts and you’re stuck in the middle of the road. And is not only rain you have to be careful of, it could be heat, snow, or any other climate-related challenges that can make your ride a lot harder. Knowing what you can expect on the road is crucial to avoid accidents or injuries.
Being Overly Enthusiastic
A good dose of enthusiasm will get you far but overestimate your abilities and you can end up hurting yourself really bad. It’s ok to want to push yourself and go beyond what you’ve previously done, but be careful to keep your expectations under control. Overworking your body on your first few rides will only strain your body and leave you completely exhausted, which should not be your goal.