Getting on bicycle is the first step towards fun filled bicycle world. There are actually lots of reasons to dust off your bike and ride. Some reasons are including here:
- Makes you healthy
- It’s a first step towards to ‘The Green World’
- Avoiding all car related problems-parking, insurance and other expanses
- Getting some fresh air
- Reduces your stress level
Above mentioned all reasons are sounds good but many of us have found plenty of reasons ‘NOT’ to riding, so let’s go through those reasons or myths one by one.
Here the 10 Myths or reasons for not to riding and there actual reality:
- Riding a bike required a lot of gears
The basic requirement for a bike firstly is you, then a bike & helmet that’s it. There is no need for gears as early as you just started they can come later. So, the basic need for bike riding is just you only not gears.
- Costly to buy a gear bike
Every person has its own ideology. With their words they influence other people. Some of them think that gear bikes are very costly but in reality they are far cheaper than cars. If you own a car its expanses increased day by day whether it’s for maintenance or daily uses. Bikes on the other hand, don’t need gas and free to park. They have few components and requires less expanses on maintenance.
- Expensive bike are good
In the terms of pricing it doesn’t mean that every expensive is good for ride. Every bike has its own specialty. Any bike with a good condition can take you where you want to go. It may take you longer because you don’t have gears in your bike like expensive bikes have but it will definitely get you there.
- Bikes take too much time
As compare to other vehicles bike takes more time but it actually requires planning. Depending on traffic on the roads and distance is very important. Sometimes bike can takes you where your car cannot. There is one plus point in it and that is riding burns calories and you can also run while riding.
- Bicycling is dangerous
Many bike riders ride over the years without any difficulty. You just need to remember some tips while riding like- Always behave like driver, be predictable, wear bright colors, wear safety equipment’s like helmet, knee pads, making an eye contact with drivers, place your hands on brakes, watch out for car doors opening and obey traffic rules to improve your safety.
- Bike seats are uncomfortable
Bike seats are usually designed in unisex but if you feel uncomfortable while riding you can switch your seats with new ones. Bike seats come in different size and shape you can check by yourself in which seat you feel comfortable.
- Unable to maintain bike
It’s easy to maintain your bikes or you can appoint a service man who can take care of your bike regularly. Otherwise you can join some service classes where you can learn the basic tips to maintain bike.
- Out of shape to ride
Riding a bike regularly helps you to get back into shape. Don’t be afraid or feel ashamed firstly while riding because nobody is perfect. The more you bike it will help you faster to back in shape.
- Can’t carry too many things on bike
It’s really not like that you can’t carry things on bike. You must be patience to handling all the situations. You can apply carrier or attach bags with your bike to carry things. Everything is become easy if you have little knowledge and patience.
- Sweating makes people say no to bike
Sometimes it is difficult to avoid but you can ride with calm and cool manner to avoid exertion. It’s even better to ride in the morning when it’s cooler. It makes you feel happy when wind comes and touch your cheeks.
A very famous quote is “A Family, Rides together Stays Together”. Bike riding together with the family makes bond stronger. Bike riding makes exercise easy and enjoyable activity for all. It’s good to spend your energy and time in a right way to teach your kids how to start pedaling on different roads.
Always Have A Goal
A point to kept in mind is that, every ride has its end. Each ride has its own goal. In family, ride goal doesn’t aim on distance, speed, capability or perfect technique but it stands for having fun with your family and enjoy every moment. It is necessary to ride with a goal and while riding with family your goal must be to have fun with your family and make this bike ride memorable for all. Take a break for a while, so that your children can enjoy the mid-break snacks. Kids feel enthusiastic to participate the next time.
- Fresh Start- Take a good sleep at night and start with fresh vibes and also take good meal before heading out for ride.
- Choose Terrains– Start with your child’s comfort zone, which is flat, smooth, paved and traffic away path and choose a few mile distance. With the passage of time you can increase the distance, amount of traffic and examine unpaved paths.
- Helmet- Bike helmets are compulsory. They should be fit in protected manner and should not hang side to side or back and front. Helmet should be of proper size and shape. Make sure your kid’s chin strap should be properly fitted. Wearing helmet is safe for your children and it protects them from mishappening.
- Height of Saddle- Kids like to have low seats when they are riding for the first time but make sure that their legs make a 6’O clock position so that can get more power while pedaling.
- Clothing- Try to dress your kid in layers because its easy to take off while ride when they feel too hot. Also make them wear thin pants in order to avoid fabric getting stuck in the bike gears.
- Check ABC- Make sure that tires have proper air, the brakes work and the chain should work properly.
- Safe Tools- Keep a small first-aid kit for minor scratches and also have a small puncture kit with yourself to fix flat tire and learn how to fix slipped bike chain.
- Give Instruction In Brief- Remember kids learn better by doing not by listening. So give your kids short instructions and show them how to do because they can learn easily while experiencing.
- Basic Skills- If your child feel uncomfortable on bike try to teach him some basic skills like using hand signals while turning or passing other riders on road.
- Stay Alert- Tell your kids to stop their eyes and ears to stop, look & listen so that they can avoid hazard situations. Also try to sharp their powers by pointing on some interesting things on roads like animals, road sign and trees.
- Give Them A Treat- Include special treats on ride, by stopping for something yummy or bringing something special which they don’t get usually to eat.
If you think that your child is ready to ride in streets, then follow these tips-
- Bikes Are Vehicles- A bicycle is considered as vehicle and you should same obey all the traffic rules and signs that apply to cars and drivers.
- Be Attentive- Always look both sides while crossing the roads and make an eye contact with drivers so that they can see you. Watch out for parked cars doors.
- Be Visible- Wear attractive colors so that you can visible to other people and always give horn while turning or passing others.
- Ride With Flow- Always ride with traffic flow not against and ride in one line.
- Familiarize Your Child With Traffic Rules- This is very important to keep in mind that road rules include hand signals and the position of your bike on the road while turning right or left. Obey traffic rules or signs and also wait and watch the roads while riding and be aware of those humps and cracks on roads.
In modern time, people feel more comfortable with bikes. They started taking bikes in their day to day routine like ride to work or school. Most of the bike riders feel happy and enthusiastic while riding and especially in racing. They often participate in different bike ride events and polish their skills. It’s good to expertise some cycling skills to become an all rounder.
In order to become an expert, as cyclist it is important to be advanced in everything and you should make great efforts to be well rounder. A good training program includes not only psychological development but also helps you to focus on technique. Here are some of the tricks which you can include in you training sessions and become a pro-cyclist.
Power Meters A Lot
Present time power maters a lot. Riders always wanted to reach from one point to another as soon as possible. They are forgetting the ancient pleasure and fun of riding. A very famous word is ‘speed kills’ is totally referred to this situation. If everything is balance in same manners, than yes generally more watts equal to more speed but this is not happen usually. Sometimes while increasing you power you take a lot load because of that your watts increased but not your speed. This is totally to your desire efforts. Remember your main focus is not increase you speed not your watts.
Run Over Full Speed In Short Distance
If you want to be a good rider and win races it’s good to challenge your limits. Challenge yourself beyond your capability. It will definitely increase your chances to win a race. Always remember that sprint is really very important weapon towards races. It means you have run all over full speed in small distance to win races. Even a rider that wins in 60K solo effort had to sprint 60K ago. With this he increases the chances of his wining.
Mix Intensities In Same Workout
If you’re in point where you need to start some high intensity rides. Then mixing all the high intensity workout routine and start practicing is good way to achieve the goal. You can repeat the main set as many times as you please but to its good to complete in a preferred time slot. If your trainer provides you power numbers, be ensure that your power numbers must increases throughout the main repeat sets. In other words, the power outcome of one minute workout must be higher than the two minute workout. Record your power outputs and start working on it for better result. The general idea I to increase you intensity or power, but the format and specifications must be customize for the event the rider is preparing for. The condition in this workout is challenging so you can’t do this on regular basis.
Always keep yourself fresh and give a new start. It means that you should not to do same workouts every day. Change your workout routine every week and try to do in different methods on roads, change your rhythm, change your steps and try to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
Every rider condition is to being differ from one another, be comfortable in difficult situations and try to face every challenge with a big smile on a face. This is the spirit of a true rider.
Bike Studio going to organize an Event for Fun, entertaining, clues, obstacles, Ride. Bike Studio Mania a game a number of persons those have a challenge to go out for the target and who will compete this first he will be the winner, first three will be the winners.
Three Positions First winner will get FAT Bike of LA-Sovereign, Second Winner will get Cheetah Bike of LA-Sovereign, Third winner will get Bike Accessory. All participants will get Trophy & participation certificate Refreshment Snacks & Drinks served During the Event. DJ Dance party at the end of the session.
How Can Participate?
1.Get a forum from Bike Studio Bhopal
2.Fill the form & Deposit RS-350Fee
3.Get Ticket of Bike Studio Mania 2017
Prizes & Features of Event:-
- First prize LA-Sovereign FAT Bike
- Second Price Cheetah Bike LA-Sovereign
- Bicycle Accessories
- Participants awarded with participation certificate & a trophy.
- Dj Dance party at the end of EVENT
- Snacks & Drinks served during Event
What is Bike Mania Game?
A bicycle ride with obstacles and clue cards it’s a game of ride bike and a Mind game. How fast you get out from an obstacle arise during your cycling and who will reach at the end point first that will be the winner.
- Few checkpoints will have small task to compete after which participant will be given new clue card. This will enable to rule out the probability of fastest cyclist winning event, thus motivating slower participant to be on race till the end.
- Out of 5 clue card, 2 clue cards will have pictures of the location and rest 3 will have written riddle.
- Top 3 participants will be awarded whereas rest participant will be gratitude with certificates.
Contact Person: – Mr. Varun Awasthi
Address: E-5, Bittan Chauraha, Arera Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462016
Venue: – Bike Studio
Time: – 8:00am
Date: – 9/4/2017
Register Here To Participate in Event
A cyclist need to rehearse require bike handling skills regularly. It is as important as increasing his fitness level. We see sometimes cyclists taken for granted their bike handling skills and they think that their skills are good enough but it’s not true, because in outer world many people sitting who are master in your skills and they can prove you wrong at any time. No matter what how good your bike handling skills are but you can always try to be better and faster both from others.
The training of cyclists is very tough and hard. They tried achieve their best of it, but sometimes results are not up to the mark or unexpected. Occasionally, they can’t control their punctures, crashes, bad roads or failure. But there are a lot of skills and drills which can combine with training to develop bike handling skills and increase chances of success. Here are some of essentials tips with you can build your training sessions and polish your bike handling skills.
Group riding and interact with others
If you’re going to take part in any event or a road race, the most important skill is to master that you can manage to ride close to others and being comfortable while interacting with them. If you feel uncomfortable while riding close to others than your liability is to either you stay back or cut to the front. Both options are worst for you because it consumes a lot of energy.
How to fix this problem
First find a place with little a traffic, than start riding with your friends and keep trying different-different move’s. For the next drill hold your bars and try to focus on the road ahead. Try to focus on your partner’s elbow and make contact with your partner.
Once you are confident in your capability than you can try advanced skills. Ride close to your partner; keep an eye down to the road and not looking at the partner. Then bend in from your hips and bend your upper body to sideways. With this your shoulder and elbow touch with your partner. By the time passing you will feel more comfortable and confident when you ride in a group.
One of the fast ways to waste power in a race is to having a poor cornering technique. Your group members move you back because you are not confident to escape from harder situations means you have to waste your power unnecessarily to get back with them. At some point of time, your group members start neglecting you because you don’t know how to overcome those situations. Good cornering technique helps you to go faster.
How to fix this problem
You can ask your partner rider try to trap you with this you can learn how to come out of this situation. Take tips from your seniors they will tell you basic tips and tricks to escape from such situations and trap others into this condition. Consider races to improve your cornering. Once you done this you can easily achieve your success goal.
Consumption of nutrition
The final component to boost your power is to give right nutrition to your body. If you are not relaxed, you may find difficult to eat and drink while riding with others. Firstly work on your group riding, secondly improve cornering technique and then take care of your nutrition’s.
How to fix this problem
Again take a help from your rider friend and tried to pass bottles to each other while riding. With this your bike handling skills improve and you learn how to relax while drinking in a ride.
Naturally, while building the sessions with these drills and skills you must consider your safety first. Make sure that every rider should know the purpose of each drill and also perform in a safe environment. Having strong sessions of these skills of group riding, cornering and consumption of nutrition will ensure that the power you have gained will increase chances of your success in race.
Whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or environmental choice, taking up bicycle riding could be one of the best decisions you ever make. It’s scientifically proven that cycling gives us unexpected benefits. Cycling is great for not only physical and mental fitness but also makes you smarter and happier.
Exercise is beneficial for mental health, and the area which has the strongest evidence in is depression. Exercise is like a fertilizer for brain. More muscles and blood vessels in brain want more oxygen to help them to work. When you pedal you force you nervous system to produce new brain cells. All those new and old cells exchange with each other for better working. It’s a pretty great benefit to cyclists. This kind of growth is very important because with each passing years of our life, our brain starts shrink and started weaken our memory. A sharper mind works far better than inactive one. People who exercise regularly have sharp memory skills, high level of concentration and the ability to solve problems quickly rather than dull mind.
Calms Your Mind
Everyone go through a stressful life period in their day to day routine. In today’s world everyone is in hurry to get their work done It is hard to come out of this pressure. It can come from number of reasons like some kind of financial problems and work load. All of this can contribute to people going into depression. But riding is the way to overcome these worldly worries because exercise strengthens our mind. It can be done in any form of like jogging, running or riding. Going for riding on bicycle not only soothes your soul but also get you out off depression.
Makes You Friendlier
Riding makes you friendlier because while riding you meet a lot of people. Some people are very much aware about riding, they can give you useful tips for your daily riding and regular meeting with same people can strong your connections with them. This can make your social life active. As we all know that cycling groups had a better social activeness from us because they know how to interact with different kind of people, how to gain knowledge from them and utilize that knowledge. When people are tensed they don’t go out or not to do anything. They keep everything inside which impacts their confidence and low their self-esteem. For good health you need to socialize with people, and regular exercise gives you an opportunity to interact with other people, especially when you do exercise outside.
Everybody have their mood swings and these mood swings comes from some kinds of stress or worries. But riding is the only way to get out of all those mood swings because improves your capacity to think or work well. Riding is an amazing way to help you to reduce workload and stress. It lifts up your mood easily and helps you to forget all troubles in life for a while. A very famous line is “A healthy comes in healthy body”. So, if our body is healthy than our mind is able to think positively and find solution to overcome serious conditions.
Cycling is the best form of meditation. As we all know that meditation is the best way to calm troubled mind. Pedaling is a repetitive process and we need to concentrate the rhythm of pedal while riding. it requires the whole focus of mind. For some time our brain stops worrying about hurdles of life and make up our mind to enjoy our riding. So we need to do is “RIDE-WORK-RIDE-REPEAT” in our life for healthy lifestyle.