Cycling skills can be one different level in each field whether its beginner or professional. It’s true once you learn to balance on two wheels while move yourself forward via pedals, wind going through your hairs and heart races with adventure. It’s a skill which is not going to forget quickly. By adopting cycling skills and tips you will not only earn greater appreciation but also improve your riding experience and get a better workout in process. Before you hit road, here are essentials of basic riding skills that everybody should learn and practice.
- Know Your Gears:- Your front gear are used to make the biggest shifts like when you approach a hill and need to get into easy gear fast. You may have two or three chain rings to choose, using small rings provide you easiest turnover on hill. You back gears are the fine-tuners. When you need to make pedaling easy these gears are good to use while riding.
- When Shifting Plan Further:- Watch terrain and look what gear’s you will need in different terrains. When you get to a hill, shift the gears before you reach there. Waiting too along cause’s pressure on chain and making it harder for the bike to shift properly. The best way to familiarize yourself with gears is to practice on different terrains and try to shift both front and back gears to see what they can do for you.
- Learn To Brake:- Rule of braking is to used both brakes equally, if you need to stop suddenly. The front brake provides you more stopping power that’s why you need to avoid use it commonly. If you apply front brake suddenly it will harm you. To brake safely, it’s good to press both brakes until you slow or come to your desire speed. Over gripping the rear brake gives you less stopping power and makes you tire to skid.
- Look Before Turns:- When heading into a turn, always look through the turn where you want to go, rather than into the middle of it. You bike will go where you are looking, so if you looking at the curb’s you are trying to avoid, you will definitely run into it. If you need to slow down going into the corner, brake before the turn rather than in the middle of your turn.
- Lean Your Bike, Not Your Body:- As you head into a turn push the handlebar and take a slightly turn so that your arms straightens a bit. This will automatically lean your bike into the turning position. At the same time keep your body upright and don’t lean your body with bike. Make sure your outside foot is pushing down hard to the pedals. This will ensure that you don’t drag your inside pedal or lean your bike too far.
- Position Yourself For Downhill:- Keep your weight over on saddles for downhill’s. If the falling is so sharp position your butt toward the back of the saddle to keep resistance on your rear wheel. Keep your focus in your front wheel so you can easily change directions and cross obstacles on roads. And also control your speed rather than hitting hard at last time.
- Be Smooth On Pedals:- Always think about turning circles with your pedals rather than pushing them down. This will help you to make your riding more efficient.
- Keep Trying On Different Terrains:- You can easily improve your cycling skills by riding on different roads. It will help you to learn how to cross obstacles like pebbles, which will help when you are riding on roads with traffic or waste.
- Be Alert In Traffic:- Always ride under thought that drivers don’t see you. Slow down at all crossings even if you are in a right way. Right as close to the right side of the road as safety possible, use arms signals, obey all the traffic signs and lights so drivers knows where you are heading too.
- Use Clip-less Tires:- Start using clip-less tires and avoid traditional clips and straps in pedals. It will help you cycling shoe fix on pedals easily. This transfers greatest amount of force from your legs to your pedals, pushing you forward with more power and efficiency.
After knowing the basic skills and tips it’s good know about some bike equipment’s will get you looking and feeling like a professional in no time.
- Bike Frames:- Bikes are usually comes in four materials- aluminum, carbon, titanium and steel. Aluminum is a economical light weight frame on other side carbon is very light and provide you smooth ride but they tend to be very expensive. Titanium is also very pricey but steel is inexpensive but at the same time it’s heavier than other kinds. If you are happy with your old bike stick with it otherwise tries different frame styles and materials before buying.
- Helmet:- A good helmet should fit well and make your head relatively cool. Look for good helmet which is easy to adjust and fit properly.
- Clothing:- Look for comfortable clothes which provide pedaling between you and your bike seat. Use short length shorts rather than to opt for long shorts which troubles your ride. Chose some technical fabric which soak moisture easily.
- Gloves:- Cycling gloves minimize impact and warm to your hands and protect them if you fall. It will provide you complete protection in some cooler conditions.
- Shoes:- Always chose right shoes which fix properly and provide you perfect grip while pedaling.