25 Cycling Tips For Cyclists

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Riding a bike is great fun. It’s healthy, fast, and great for the environment. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the top five benefits of cycling are that it's easy on the joints, pushing pedals is an good aerobic workout, it builds muscle, it helps with everyday activities, and pedaling builds bone.

Whether this is road cycling, mountain biking, or even learning to ride from scratch, it’s all an experience that will stick with you forever. If you’re feeling a bit intimidated by it all, well, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered with this comprehensive guide of cycling tips.

Cycling Tips for Beginners

Learning to ride a bike is a really scary thing to do, regardless of age. On the face of it, it seems like a death defying balance act - and at seemingly superhuman speeds! But don’t worry, you will survive, and you will enjoy it! Here are some tips for learning to ride a bike:

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Cycling Tips For Beginners

Buy and Fit Your Bike from the Local Bike Shop

Buying a bike online is great for convenience and a bit of penny pinching and dollar saving. However, buying your first bike from the store is much better. You will get to physically try a number of different styles and sizes, PLUS they will get it professionally fit to your needs. I very much recommend you make a visit to your local bike shop and get your first bike here. 

Invest in Some Key Gear From the Start

Cycling can be one of the more expensive pastimes, but it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank to get what you need. Here are my recommendations for what you need from day 1:

  • Good quality, sturdy and comfortable HELMET.
  • Bike lock/ bike chain (particularly if you plan to leave it in a public place for any time)
  • Front and Back Bike Lights
  • Gloves (if you have cold winters)
  • Pants/ Shorts That have reinforced buttock/ groin area (you’ll thank us later)
  • Tyre Pump
  • Tyre/ Puncture Repair Kit

Learn How to Fix a Puncture

Getting a punctured tire is not a matter of if, but when. So it goes without saying that it is vital that you learn how to repair one of these, and always have a repair kit handy, so that you’re not caught out. Here’s a really great video tutorial for you: How to Fix a Flat Tire

Be Careful on Steep Descents

Gravity is very powerful. Be very very careful when you’re going downhill, as if you’re not, you might end up going too fast and being on the wrong end of nasty collision..

Get a Comfy Saddle

The more you cycle, the chances are there will be discomfort in your saddle regions. But fear not! There are tons of options for you when it comes to what shape, size, thickness etc of saddle you go for so you don’t need to settle for the basic one as standard.

Don’t Ride with Headphones In

Regardless of whether you’re riding on the road, mountain trails or wherever, you really need to ensure that you have awareness of your surroundings. This might include hearing emergency vehicles around you, or on paths and trails, other bikes or people might be round sharp corners. 

Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

Mountain biking is a great way to reconnect with nature, and keep fit in the process! Here are some beginner mountain bike tips designed to help you get started on hitting those terrains:

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Build Your Basic Level of Fitne​ss​​​​​

Mountain biking is definitely not a walk in the park. It’s advisable to work on your stamina, cardiovascular fitness and endurance in order to be able to cope with the demanding terrain. 

Don’t Sit Down on the Saddle Too Much

Mountain biking can get extremely bumpy, and it can become very tempting to sit down through some of it. However, if you stand up whilst pedaling, you will find that your legs can work as the best shock absorbers around meaning that you won’t feel each bump anywhere near as badly. 

Hold your Fingers on The Handlebars, Not The Brakes, & Don’t Grip Too Hard

This tip comes with a bonus tip. Firstly, the temptation of many riders is to hold their fingers over the brakes thinking that they will have faster reactions if necessary. Wrong.

What ends up happening is you will over use your brakes, leading to a bumpier, slower ride. Bonus tip: don’t give your handlebars the “vulcan death grip”. Many riders complain of sore hands, wrists, forearms after a ride. This is most commonly due to squeezing on the handlebars too tightly!

Look Where You Want To Go

Target fixation is a real phenomenon. If you’re staring at a great big tree, the chances are your bike will careen straight into it. If you’re looking directly down the trail that you want to go down, like magic your bike will go straight down that trail. 

Beginner Road Bike Tips

There’s a few things you may not have yet considered when riding your bike on the road. Here are some of our key road cycling tips for beginners. 

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Road Cycling Tips

Know Your Road Rules, Highway Code

Needless to say, it’s really important you know what the rules are, where you’re allowed to cycle, and what’s incumbent on you to make sure that no collisions or other issues happen. 

Remember You’re Part of the Traffic, and Ride Accordingly

What I mean here is not to ride in the gutter, but at least a metre out from the curb. Make sure whenever you go round corners, that you clearly indicate, and swing out further to give yourself room and prevent any cars from running up behind you too fast!

Invest in Good Equipment

You need to be comfy and safe when cycling, so I recommend you invest in the following:
  • Comfortable, high quality protective helmet
  • Comfortable, ergonomic saddle
  • Clipless pedals (when ready)
  • Gloves
  • Proper shorts

Don’t Ride With Headphones On

You will need to be aware of everything around you - especially other vehicles! Make sure you don’t listen to music, therefore reducing your ability to hear what’s going on.

Change Positions Regularly

If you’re going on long rides, you’re going to want to shift your weight around a bit and keep yourself from getting sores in any spot! The easiest way to do this is to shift from sitting on the saddle to standing up. 

Use Your Gears

Your calf muscles especially will thank me later! Remember, low gears for ascents, and high gears for descents. Use them properly when you are at different speeds or going around corners etc. That’s what they are there for!

Cycling Tips for Beginners to Lose Weight

Whether you’re looking for exercise bike tips as a serious past time, I’ve got you covered. I’ve also included some cycling tips for weight loss here.

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Cycling Tips for Beginners To Lose Weight

Long and Easy Rides, or Short and Hard

No in between, no long and hard or short and easy. Consider it the same as either long distance running or powerful sprints. 

Eat Plenty of Protein & a Balance of Other Food Types

Quantity is not the deciding factor of health and weight loss. Losing weight itself may not necessarily be a good thing if you’re losing muscle mass instead of body fat. You will want to keep your protein levels high, eat a reasonable amount of carbs for energy, and good fat to help burn your body fat. 

Work on Upper Body Strength in the Gym

Cycling is lower body intensive. But you won’t be healthy without a good amount of upper body strength. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you can burn. The more calories you can burn, the less body fat you will end up with. 

Stay Hydrated

I can’t state this enough. You need to drink plenty of water. Specifically water as well, don’t kid yourself on other fluids, as none compare. The more hydrated you are, the longer you can ride for. Also, the more it will act as a sort of detox for your body, ejecting all the waste products from other foods you have had. 

Forget About The Scales

This is true in any way that you try to lose weight. Your weight will fluctuate naturally for a while anyway. The moment you stop looking, is the moment you will start to feel better in your body.

Long Bike Ride Tips

This section will be great for you if you’re looking for long distance cycling tips, or if you’re going on a long bike ride and you’re looking for tips on a long bike ride. 

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Long Bike Ride Tips

Make Sure You Bring Plenty of Food and Drink

The tip to energy levels and performance in long distance rides is rehydration and nutrition. Keep eating at good intervals with things like bananas, energy bars and water. 

Divide Your Long Ride into Three Smaller Rides

Sometimes long rides can seem pretty overwhelming, especially when you’re getting started. Psychology here is pretty key. Segmenting your long ride works a treat, and provides clear goals to aim for, and worse case scenario, clear breakpoints where if you are feeling overly fatigued, you can stop. I usually divide mine into:

  • 1st should be easy and cruising
  • 2nd should be when your muscles really get working
  • 3rd should be the push through the burn to get to the finish line

Regularly Change Positions on the Saddle, and Your Hands on The Handlebars

You will get sores in your saddle and groin area, on your hands and fingers and your calves and forearms will ache. Move around, stand up off the saddle and sit back down again, don’t grip the handlebars too tightly, and change up your hands more, and you can minimize most of these effects.

You Can’t Avoid Hills

This goes for uphills and downhills. Just be prepared for it, and try to tackle them head on when you hit them.

Learn How to Fix a Puncture, and Keep Puncture Repair Kit On You

I think this tip is fairly self explanatory, but you don’t want to get caught out miles from home with a flat. Learn how to do it, and always have a kit handy, and you should be alright.

Biking To Work Tips

One of the most popular reasons for cycling is a fast, convenient, healthy and environmentally sound ways to commute to work. If that’s you, then I’ve got some great tips for biking to work. 

Know Your Route

Maybe you have been driving, or catching the train to work for a while now and you think you know what route you will take. However, you may not be confident yet on the bike, or you may not have considered that by using your bike, you aren’t as restricted as in the car or on the train!

Remember, there are specific bike lanes in some towns and cities that might drastically shorten or simplify your route! It’s usually a good idea to practice your route on the weekend so you have a good idea. Alternatively, leave earlier than you’d ordinarily need to allow for a bit of experimentation. 

Be Visible

My second and probably most important of my tips for cycling to work is : No wearing dark colours. Get your high vis or reflector pads on. You might be cycling home after dark, or be going through tunnels or long bridges where visibility is low. Make sure you can see everyone and everyone can see you.

Be On The Road, Not The Sidewalk

We all know those cyclists who give the rest of us a bad name. The ones who speed down the footpath or start in the road, then hop up on the sidewalk when there’s a red light or a traffic stop. This is not cool, or legal. Stick to the road, be part of the traffic, and you will find the traffic will treat you in kind. 

Know Where you Will Park & Lockup Your Bike

Find out if your workplace has a bike lockup or storage point. If not, you will have to find somewhere to lock it up for the day. You want to make sure it’s a spot that you can leave it without it getting stolen or confiscated by the authorities. 
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Cyling to Work Tips

Keep Hydrated

Especially for longer commutes, it’s best to keep a bottle of water handy. 

Nutrition is Important

Again on longer commutes, energy is key. We’re not going to tell you not to skip breakfast, but you should definitely either take a banana or energy bar with you, or make a strategic stop on your way in to grab a bite. Likewise on the way home.

Often, when you leave work, you haven’t eaten anything since either a mid-afternoon break, or lunchtime. Grab a quick energy or protein top up before you saddle up.

Also, having protein-rich meals with high-protein meat such as chicken will help you a lot in your daily cycling. Here are the five quick and easy shredded chicken recipes that you may want to try.

Be Prepared for Occasional Collisions

Unfortunately this can happen, whatever you do. We can assume that most of the time this might just be an accident. Remember ways you can mitigate the damage here are :
  • Not going to fast
  • Trying to maintain at least a meter out from the gutter or parked cars (watch out for car doors opening up)
  • Bracing for impact
  • If you are coming off your bike, try to reduce impact by getting your body clear of the bike.

Get a Top Quality Helmet and wear Comfy, Loose Fitting, but Protective Clothes

Protecting your head is the top, top priority over all. Don’t worry about the style of the helmet. Get one that sits right and will stop you smashing your head in. Wear clothes that can breathe a bit, whilst keeping you warm, but also helps lessen any impact from potential collisions. 

Learn How to Change a Flat Tire

This is a must. You will also need to keep one on you at all times. 

Keep Your Cell Phone Handy

For a whole raft of reasons, keep this on you in case you need the emergency services or a pickup from a friend. 

Don’t Use Your Headphones

Please, please be aware of your surroundings. Some cars (especially hybrids or electric vehicles) are very quiet these days so listening to loud music might restrict your ability to be safe.

Start Slow

Don’t feel like you need to push too far too early. Maybe for the first month, just try riding to work once a week, then twice a week, then three times etc. Listen to your body and take breaks if you need to. 

Dress for the Weather - Be Prepared for It

Whether you have corporate wear or something else, you need to be aware of what conditions you’re riding in. In Winter, have thick Winter clothes. I ride with a backpack that has a waterproof poncho inside, just in case. Whatever your circumstances, be prepared!

Cycling Cadence Tips

Everyone who rides a bike has a cadence. The idea is to adjust this cadence into one that can make you a stronger and more efficient cyclist and this will in turn help boost your morale. Cadence is the speed at which you turn the pedals around and is often measured by RPM just like a car engine. This is more of a factor on longer bike rides and relates to the following 3 factors:

  • Exertion Levels
  • Power Levels
  • Endurance Levels

Most longer distance bike riders tend to aim for 70-100 RPMs no matter what gear they are in. We recommend that you bear this in mind when you start to get more serious, but as a beginner, no need to be too concerned just yet. 

Biking in the Rain Tips

If you want to become a regular cyclist, then inevitably you WILL have to cycle in the rain from time to time. Here are a few tips.

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Tips For Cycling in The Rain

Be Prepared For Rain Anytime

I tend to ride with a backpack, where I can keep a waterproof poncho or cover inside. Remember, weather can change anytime, especially if you’ve cycled to work in the morning but 9 hours later you are cycling home again.

Slow Down, Take Corners Less Aggressively

Just like driving a car, there are some small adjustments worth making. Generally speaking reducing your speed will help, but especially when it comes to turns as wheels may lock and skid - so too the brakes may not work as quickly. 

Check Your Tires and Reduce the Pressure

Less filled up tires will run much better for you than overly inflated ones in the rain, you can thank me later.  

Avoid Standing Water

You never know how deep it may be, or what else it may have in there. Just like you should avoid potholes, stay away from puddles. 

Bike Safety Tips

Everyone needs to consider the following bicycle safety tips. Forget about skill, forget about fitness, if you’re not safe on a bike, it’s not going to end well! Here are my bike riding safety tips to help you keep safe and live to ride another day:

Don’t Use Headphones

Regardless of whether you’re riding on the road, mountain trails or wherever, you really need to ensure that you have awareness of your surroundings. This might include hearing emergency vehicles around you, or on paths and trails, other bikes or people might be round sharp corners.

Keep Both Your Hands on the Handlebars, Unless Signalling a Turn

Maintain your maximum amount of control over direction and speed by keeping BOTH hands on the handlebars. This will also massively help you keep your balance.

Keep Both Feet on Your Pedals

Much of the same as the previous tip, it will help balance, momentum and control of your bike. 

If Riding in a Group, Ride Single File, With the Flow of Traffic 

You may have seen a group of cyclists riding side by side in the past. This is NOT safe. You don’t see cars driving side by side. Never go against traffic as well - unless on a very narrow winding country road with just a single lane.

The reason for this is that on city streets, people need as much time as possible to react. In country roads of course, it helps you see the oncoming traffic and therefore be able to avoid it yourself if you need to. 

Wear Hi-Vis or Reflective Clothing 

Unless you live in Antarctica or part of the Arctic, chances are you’re not always going to be only riding during bright, sunny days. Make sure you can be seen with your clothing. You can try a high-vis vest, or bright coloured clothes or you can get removable reflector patches and stickers. 

Get Bike Lights

Most bikes now are sold with front and back reflectors built in these days. But if you’re serious about riding then you need to get proper lights for your bike. Ones that flash and can’t not be seen. 

Get a Helmet Attachable Light

Always good to have this if you need to repair a flat tire at night anyway, but if you have an issue with your bike light, a helmet light is a great fall back option. 

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Bike Safety Tips

Invest In a Sturdy, Safe Helmet

Protect your head. Make sure if you come off your bike, you can minimise the damage you do to yourself. Cuts on your arms and legs can heal, but a broken skull won’t! You should throw fashion out of the window, and go for a comfortable, strong, protective helmet.

Learn the Correct Hand Signals

The core 2 are to indicate a left or a right turn. Make sure you are telling everyone around you what you plan to do, so that you give them time to adjust accordingly. 

Don’t Pick and Choose the Road or the Sidewalk

Check your local rules, but in most places adults are not legally allowed to ride on the sidewalk except with an infant in a seat on the bike with you. Ride in the road, and act like traffic. Don’t hop up on the sidewalk when it suits you such as at red lights etc. This is both illegal and dangerous. 

Don’t Hover in Driver’s Blind Spots or Filter Through Slow Moving Traffic

If you want to be treated as a regular part of traffic, act that way. If the traffic is totally stopped at a red light, by all means filter through. But if it’s moving, even if it’s excruciatingly slowly, don’t. If you spend time in a driver’s blind spot, then don’t be surprised if they turn without seeing you. Keep yourself as visible as possible, all the time.

Keep an Eye Out for Car Doors Opening

Give parked cars as wide a berth as possible. Minimum distance should be around 1 meter. Be aware of any cars parked with people inside, as these are car doors that could be opening any minute! A lot of people don’t look before flinging their doors open so make sure you’re not de-biked this way.

NO Wheelies!

No matter how many times you’ve done this you never know what pothole might be waiting for you! 

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

Make Sure Your Kid Always Wears a Helmet

You might think they’re just going down the street to their friend’s house, or the store, but you never know what might happen. You need to insist that they put it on.

Kids Might Be Allowed to ride on the Sidewalk, But They Shouldn’t Ride Too Fast

If they’re under a certain age, chances are it’s legal to ride on the sidewalk. Definitely they should do this, but ensure that they don’t go too fast as it can reduce their reaction time AND potentially cause harm or lack of safety for others.

Their Bike is Not Actually a Toy, it’s a Vehicle

As kids we often received a bike as a birthday gift, much like we received our GI:Joe or Xbox. But bikes aren’t toys, and they need to be treated with a certain level of seriousness too. 

Bike Safety Tips For Adults

Don’t Ride Faster Than you are Comfortable With

If you feel like you are going too fast, then you probably are! Drop your speed down and feel more in control.

Be Visible

Invest in bike lights, a helmet attachable light, high-vis clothes. Don’t hover in driver’s blind spots, or weave in and out of traffic, or hop on and off the sidewalk whenever it suits. Make it as easy as possible for everyone around to know where you are, and what you are doing.

No Headphones

As important as it is that everyone else can be aware of you, you also need to be aware of them. No headphones, keep your ears open!

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Look for signal lights on cars. Check for stop signs or traffic lights etc. Watch for cars slowing down, or pedestrians crossing the road. Don’t expect anyone else to do this for you, take responsibility for yourself.

Road Bike Tips

Know Your Road Rules, Highway Code

Needless to say, it’s really important you know what the rules are, where you’re allowed to cycle, and what’s incumbent on you to make sure that no collisions or other issues happen. 

Invest in Good Equipment

You need to be comfy and safe when cycling, so we recommend you invest in the following:

  • Comfortable, high quality protective helmet
  • Comfortable, ergonomic saddle
  • Clipless pedals (when ready)
  • Gloves
  • Proper shorts

Don’t Ride With Headphones On

You will need to be aware of everything around you - especially other vehicles! Make sure you don’t listen to music, therefore reducing your ability to hear what’s going on.

Be On The Road, Not The Sidewalk

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Road Biking Tips

We all know those cyclists who give the rest of us a bad name. The ones who speed down the footpath or start in the road, then hop up on the sidewalk when there’s a red light or a traffic stop. This is not cool, or legal. Stick to the road, be part of the traffic, and you will find the traffic will treat you in kind. 

Road Bike Cadence Tips

Cadence is the speed at which you turn the pedals around and is often measured by RPM just like a car engine. The main trick here is to use your gears and adjust to the situation. Your cadence is likely to be less on ascents or descents, so don’t worry too much there. 

Road Cycling Uphill Tips

Use a Lower Gear

Stick to a low gear, with harder work, and put your glutes into it. 

Stand up off the Saddle

The hard work will be far easier if you stand up! 

Don’t Be Surprised if it’s Slow-Going

Don’t expect to be able to fly up that hill. In fact, some pedestrians might even get up it faster than you, especially if you’re a beginner. It’s okay, keep your persistence. 

Cars Will Want to Overtake You

Don’t concern yourself with them, and keep your cool. If you can, just let them. 

Mountain Biking Tips

Build Your Basic Level of Fitness

Mountain biking is definitely not a walk in the park. It’s advisable to work on your stamina, cardiovascular fitness and endurance in order to be able to cope with the demanding terrain.

Change Up Your Position on the Bike

Mountain biking can get extremely bumpy, and it can become very tempting to sit down through some of it. However, if you stand up whilst pedaling occasionally, you will find that your legs can work as the best shock absorbers around meaning that you won’t feel each bump anywhere near as badly.

Don’t Grip the Handlebars Too Hard and Don’t Rest Fingers on the Brakes

Many riders complain of sore hands, wrists, forearms after a ride. This is most commonly due to squeezing on the handlebars too tightly, so keep them looser on the handlebars. Also, don’t grip the brakes at all unless you need them.

Point Your Head in the Direction You Wish to Go

It’s like the self fulfilling prophecy. Wherever you face, you will end up. If you’re looking at that big tree, that’s where you will find yourself. If you want to keep going on the trail, look down the path.

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Keep Your Bike in Good Condition

It’s distracting trying to ride on the trail if there are strange noises coming from your bike. Plus, a trip to the emergency room spoils any plans you had of finishing within a certain time. It doesn’t take much to regularly check on your gear chain, or make sure there are no potential issues with the rest of your bike. 

Ride with More Experienced Riders

If you can, go on the trail with riders who have plenty of know - how and can assist you in the moment. The only way to get better at things is to do them with those who are already better than you.

Relax

Keeping your body loose, grip loose, and un-tensing your muscles will do you a world of good. Remember, you might not feel it that day, but the next.

Explore

Once you’ve got to know your regular trail inside and out, go hit up ones less familiar and test yourself!

Mountain Biking Tips for Intermediate

Ride Everywhere

The more time you spend on your bike, the more familiar you will become with it. Going for a coffee? Ride. Going to work? Ride. Going to get some time out of the house? Ride. Going to the gym? You get the idea.

Use Clipless Pedals

This will be much more comfy for you in the long run, and increase your efficiency no end. 

Improve Your Cadence

Try counting up and keeping your cadence between 70-100 RPMs - this means changing gears accordingly. 

Use Two Brakes

Get used to how to use these in the right situations. You get more brake power from the front brake.

Downhill Mountain Bike Tips

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Downhill Mountain Bike Tips

Learn to Feather The Brakes

So you’re going downhill. The temptation is to hammer those brakes. Well, you might just end up going over the handlebars. Learn how to lightly touch them so there’s some braking going on, but not enough to cause a catastrophe.

Body Position is Key

Keep your center of gravity low, soften your elbows and knees, balance your body weight. 

Keep Your Pedals Level

When looking from the side, they should be at 3 O’clock and 9 O’clock. The most active part should be the active handling of the bike, looking intently for obstacles and change of directions.

Invest in Body Armor and Good Clothing

All the best mountain bikers take a tumble from time to time. Get yourself a full face/ head helmet with chin guard, knee pads, elbow pads, back protector and finger long gloves for sure. You want to be flexible and free to move your body but protected in case of a fall.

Uphill Mountain Biking Tips

If You’re Serious, Get in the Gym

This is a calf and quad killer, so you need to have powerful lower body strength.

Practice Your Breathing, Yoga will Help You

Don’t breathe too fast. Don’t breathe too slow, use the breaks in between climbs to catch up.

It’s All In The Mind

Perseverance, focus and sheer mindedness will get you through in the times that your body feels like letting you down. Work on your mentality and your mentality will work for you.

Make Sure Your Tires are Well Inflated

Generally the climbs are hard enough work as it is. If you’re fit, and mentally strong but still find movement to be hard work, you might want to check on your tire pressure. There’s a good chance you need to inflate them more.

Mountain Bike Riding Tips

Mountain biking, like many other endeavours, combines power with endurance and a big slice of mental strength. If you don’t nurture all of these, the best bike in the world with the best equipment isn’t going to get you up and down that trail. 

Mountain Bike Jumping Tips

Jumping on a mountain bike is a combination of technique and confidence. It’s not easy, but it is an essential part of many trails. I recommend this video to get started:

Mountain Bike Climbing Tips

The best tip I can give you here is to be mindful of how much energy to use and when. For example, standing as you pedal gives you a lot more strength to push up those hills, but also uses a lot more energy. Be mindful of how big a climb you have and not depleting your energy reserves too soon.

Mountain Bike Training Tips

  • Ride everywhere
  • Go to the gym for upper body training (lower body too, but this area will get worked out on the bike anyway)
  • Endurance training is a must
  • Yoga really helps, particularly with your breathing techniques. 

Mountain Bike Setup Tips

  • Set your saddle height
  •  Set your handlebar height
  • Find your handlebar reach (you should be able to reach the bars with your elbows slightly bent)
  • Gear chain should be fully greased
  • Tire pressure should be high enough
  • Have a water bottle holder in a hand position

Mountain Bike Wheelie Tips

This can be a necessary part of many trails, especially when on the downhill slopes. It’s another trick that requires skill, but most importantly, confidence. I advise the following youtube tutorial video:

Bike Commuting Tips

Wherever you work, or wherever you want to go, cycling is one of the all time best options to get there. Free parking! Health benefits! Save the environment! Here are some helpful bicycle commuting tips to aide you in all of the above:

Know Which Route You Will Take

Maybe you know the way when driving, or on a bus, walking or on the train. But cycling opens up plenty of other options - some lanes or paths are open to bicycles but not cars for example. Some one way streets have bike lanes that mean you can go “against” traffic. You might find a much quicker or lower hassle route.

Be Easily Seen

I recommend that you do not wear dark coloured clothes at all. Get on your reflector pads, or high-vis vests etc. Make sure that everyone can see you!

Act Like Traffic, and Get Treated Like Traffic

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Bike Commuting Tips

It seems like a fairly simple rule, but basically, when you cycle, don’t pick and choose between the sidewalk and the asphalt. You’re on the road, you’re as entitled to be there as anyone else and you’re staying on the road.

Know Where To Keep Your Bike During the Hours you are There

Know if your destination has a bike shed or other lockup spot. If not, work out where you can keep your bike secured. 

Keep Hydrated

Cycling can drain a lot of energy, and many people sweat bucket loads when on two wheels, so make sure your water bottle is handy, and filled with that good stuff. 

Nutrition is Important Too

Sometimes water by itself just doesn’t cut it, especially if you’re one of the millions of Americans who skip breakfast. You might want to keep a banana, or power bar close by, or know a good cafe / convenience store to stop at on your route. 

Get A Protective Helmet and Protective Clothes

Protecting your head is the top, top priority over all. Don’t worry about the style of the helmet. Get one that sits right and will stop you smashing your head in. Wear clothes that can breathe a bit, whilst keeping you warm, but also helps lessen any impact from potential collisions.

Learn How to Change a Flat Tire

You never know when you might get a puncture, so learn how to do it and keep a repair kit on you.

Bring Your Cell Phone

Maybe you feel unwell, or ride into a situation where you may feel unsafe, either way, I suggest you always keep your phone with you.

Don’t Use Your Headphones

You really need to be aware of your surroundings. I have found that cars can sometimes seemingly appear out of nowhere! Well, if I had not had my headphones in, I may have heard it approaching and been much safer.

Start Slow

Don’t feel like you need to push too far too early. Maybe for the first month, just try riding to work once a week, then twice a week, then three times etc. Listen to your body and take breaks if you need to.

Dress for the Weather, Get Prepared for It

Whether you have corporate wear or something else, you need to be aware of what conditions you’re riding in. In Winter, have thick Winter clothes. I ride with a backpack that has a waterproof poncho inside, just in case. Whatever your circumstances, be prepared!

Have Fun!

Remember, the most important part of everything. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

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