Bicycling can be a great way to incorporate exercise into your life. You can even choose to invest in a top of the line model for sports oriented cycling. If you are new to the world of bike riding there are some useful tips that can help you make the most of your ride.
Check Items Before You Ride
You want to check the wheels of your bike before taking to the road. Wheels should always spin freely without the brakes locking them up in motion. You also want to check the brakes to make sure they do not stick and the pads are in good condition. Your bike chain should be well lubricated to prevent it from rusting or breaking, but be cautious of over lubricating the chain, which could cause more dirt to accumulate on it.
If you are going to participate in cycling for sport, you want to eat lightly before you race.
Some professional trainers advise beginners to eat energy bars during training and drink to drink about 500ml of water while cycling. You can also satisfy your nutritional needs by drinking sports drinks which contain essential nutrients and electrolytes lost by your body while training.
Stay Loose on the Downhill Slopes
Beginners tend to freeze up when speeding down on slopes. It is better to keep your body loose and relaxed to avoid mishaps. When racing down hills you should focus on your outer foot and inner hand to maintain control.
Keep Your Wrists Flexible
Some professional cyclists wear arm warmers which they can remove as needed. You can practice removing your arm warmers while riding by using one hand to slowly pull the warmer down to the wrist for removal. To discard them both you will need to alternate the hands you use in order to keep one hand on the bike at all times.
Most average bike riders are not aware of the pressure they place on their bikes by the position of their feet. If you have your feet in the positions of a clock at 6 and 12, you do not place as much pressure on the bike, which makes it easier to change gears.
Ride in Intervals
When training to ride you will find it helpful to change up the amount of speed you put forth. Alternating a few minutes of hard riding with easy riding will actually give you a good workout.
Pace for the Long Climb
Alternating speeds is also helpful when you have to make an uphill climb. Trying to take a long climb at a single fast speed will only tire you out for the rest of the race. Pace yourself by alternating your stride and speed.
How to Handle a Flat
You want to anticipate getting a flat tire even if you never do. You can carry the basic tools for changing a flat with you so you will always be prepared. You can also practice at home so you know what to do in case you ever do need to change your tire while on the road.
Your First Race
In order to finish your first bike race you should maintain a good pace and stay well hydrated.The biggest mistakes beginners make is in being too excited to focus on what they need to do in order to complete the race successfully.
Keep Your Training Fresh
Experiment by riding on different terrains or different roads that offer more challenges. The more diverse your routes, the better your cycling experience will be.