Here’s a question – when does an everyday cyclist become a serious cyclist? Is there any clear line that exists between hobbyists and pros, or is it more a state of mind?
The answer is actually quite simple – the moment you factor a little conscious thinking into your cycling, you’re effectively taking it to the next level. Jumping on a bike and heading out for a ride is easy, but if you’re willing to exercise a little proactive thought in the process, you’ll be well on your way to a much more enjoyable and rewarding pursuit.
1 - Safety Gear
For example, while it’s safe to say that safety gear won’t make your riding more enjoyable, it might just save your life. Hundreds of lives are needlessly lost every year for no reason other than safety gear warnings being ignored by cyclists.
2 – A Proper Fit
You will never get maximum enjoyment out of a bike with a frame that’s either too big or too small for your body size and type. So, before rushing into a purchase, be sure you’re buying the appropriate size.
3 – Seat Upgrades
The difference a quality seat can make to any standard bike is truly extraordinary. So, if you’ve ever found your enjoyment of cycling cut short by a bout of saddle-soreness, it might be time to think about an upgrade.
4 – Build Energy Levels
The more energy you have, the longer you can cycle for and the more enjoyment you’ll get out of it. As such, it’s worth working on your energy levels with a regular 30-minute CV exercise regime.
5 – Dress Sensibly
Remember that the clothes you wear will have a marked impact on your comfort while cycling. There are specific cycling garments and accessories on the market for a reason – a reason you’ll understand from the moment you try them out!
6 – Brighter is Better
Even when cycling in the daytime and in good weather conditions, there’s no such thing as being too safe when it comes to being seen. You need to make sure that no matter where you are you can be seen with ease, which is why generally speaking, brighter is better.
7 – Cycle Defensively
Just as is a good rule to follow when driving, you have to assume that most drivers on the roads WILL make mistakes and so you cannot rely on their good habits for your own safety. At all times, cycle defensively.
8 – Avoid Hazards
If there are two ways to get to your destination and one is generally more congested than the other in terms of traffic, there’s really no point exposing yourself to unnecessary hazards.
9 – Frequent Brake Checks
If cycling for a long period of time, remember to check your brakes on more than one occasion. It’s one thing to test them before you set off, but a lot can happen over just a few kilometers.
10 – Heed Weather Warnings
And finally, one of the most crucial tips of all from the world’s cycling elite is that of never, ever overlooking any adverse weather warnings just for the sake of cramming in a cycling run. The weather forecast may not be universally accurate, but it’s still not worth taking the risk of running into trouble.