Like any success, successful bike riding can’t be achieved without commitment, time, and most of all sweat equity. Just like this passion or hobby involves various risks and financial investments (including your health), intensive training is necessary.
This article will be showing you some simple tips that you can do to get you started with your passion for bike riding.
One of the first things to consider is the type of cycling you are going to do. Do you want to go to the beach or the mountain? Is it pure recreation or competition?
For those who do it for fun, there are many online guides, e-books, DVDs, or books that will teach them the basics of bicycle riding. But for serious cyclists, these resources may not suffice.
One of the main tips for serious cyclists is to choose a bicycle that’s right for them: a straight line bicycle is easier to control and handle. If you have a hard time riding a straight-line bike because of its steep angles, you could use some help.
You can practice riding uphill or downhill before you ride it in a straight line. Or, if you feel more comfortable riding in a straight line, you can simply add an uphill or downhill segment of your rides.
You should also know how to handle your bike while on a straight line. You have to remember that your legs and pedals should be doing the work and not the steering. Your feet and hands should be assisting you so that you can keep your balance.
So, while riding uphill or downhill, try keeping your hands on the front peddles. In the same way, while looking at the back tire of your bike, don’t look up as you pedal; this could cause your foot to slide on the pedals.
It would be best to find a “No-Fault” reason why you can’t ride a straight line. If you find out that you can’t ride a straight line by accident, you should find out the root of the problem first.
One common reason why people can’t ride a straight line is that their handlebar is too low or too high. People also have trouble pedaling uphill because of their handlebars. Try changing your handlebar to a lower or higher one and see whether it makes a difference in your pedal pressure.
The reason why a cyclist’s handlebars almost always move up or down while riding is because their body weight shifts from the front to the back. This happens almost always while descending a hill. As a result, the weight on the back foot has to support more than the head.
So, if you happen to be overweight, you will notice that your handlebars tend to move up or down a bit while you’re pedaling uphill or downhill. And if you happen to be skinny, the handlebar moves backward almost always!
The easiest way to solve this problem when pedaling uphill is to pedal with your arms down so that your pedal pressure is applied down to the ground.
Pedaling arms is kind of strange at first because you are forcing your hands into a slightly bent position but, it soon gets easier. It doesn’t matter much how big or small your frame is because you will still feel the same as if you had a small frame.
Another way to reduce the amount of movement in your hands while pedaling is to get a padded saddle. A padded saddle will reduce your chances of contracting the ground and, therefore, making contact with your bicycle’s frame. A lot of bike accidents occur because the cyclist touches the ground before his bike.
Even a small scratch on your bike’s frame will probably lead to serious injuries, especially if it happens right in the middle of the riding session! So, do your best to stay away from hard surfaces. A smooth road surface is best for pedaling.