We’ve all been there. At the beginning. As a newbie we are often at our most enthusiastic, but also at our most vulnerable to mistakes. Unfortunately, in cycling, these mistakes can often lead us to want to give up and quit. Avoid the mistakes that others before you have made to make the transition from beginning to amateur less of an uphill ride.
- Training too hard. Riding a bike is easy, cycling is not. Training hard every day at the beginning can leave you worn out and susceptible to injury. Build up your stamina by allowing your body to recover.
- Doubling-up on training. If you missed one day of training, do not get on your bike the next thinking that you’ll just do twice the distance. Ride consistently to build up your fitness levels.
- Riding uncomfortably. Make sure that your seat is at the proper level. Riding with it too low can stress knees and reduce power. Make sure that it is high enough that your foot rests on the pedal at the bottom of the stroke with a slight bend in the knee. You should be able to touch the ground with your tip-toes.
- Wearing underwear under your bike shorts. Trust us, you’ll thank us after going “commando”.
- Being too generous with the lube. Over lubing your chain can cause it to collect dirt and grime which lessens the life of the chain. Make sure that it is not wet to the touch.
- 6. Not wearing the proper gear. Cotton t-shirts don’t wick away moisture and will be keep sweat close to your body. Also make sure to wear a cycling cap or cycling hat under your helmet to increase your comfort level. Headsweats cycling caps are made of the most innovative, breathable materials and include a patented headband that helps you avoid sweat dripping into your eyes.