Cycling is a sport that can be practiced at any age, no matter if you are sedentary or if you are athletic. This is an extremely enjoyable way to experience and travel the outdoors. When it’s done more vigorously, it helps improve the heart rate and the pulse, but it also helps you burn calories and lose weight. There are many bikes that are available, from basic to professional, but the purpose of each is the same – enjoy what you do.
Here is what you need to know when you ride your road bike:
Wearing a Helmet is Important
There are more than 6000 cyclists that end up in the emergency room every year, because they have hit their head while cycling. The head trauma is very frequent for those who don’t wear an appropriate helmet, and they suffer concussions because of this. When you buy a helmet, make sure that it meets the right standards in safety. In rest, it can be any color that you want, as you have plenty of options to choose from.
Get the Right Seat
Having the right seat for your bike is also important. No matter how much time you spend cycling, you need to have a special designed seat. The racing bikes have an elongated seat, and if you are a woman, this can be hard to use for a long period of time. To make it easier, get a gel-filled saddle or pad.
If you practice this sport for performance, you surely know that there are available costumes that are special for cycling. The material is easy and it allows the air to circulate. If you don’t do this for performance, you should still wear something comfortable that allows you an easy cycling.
Avoid the Night
That is the time when most accidents happen, as cyclists are not easily seen by those who drive a car. The worst period of time for cycling is the time between 6 pm and 9 pm, when the light is diffuse but it’s not dark yet. If you still have to go, use a reflective vest – as those used for car drivers – and you can also use a reflective tape for your bike to be seen better. Your helmet can be adapted to have a headlight installed on it, so do it before venturing outside during the night.
Brake in Time
Use your breaks wisely, and also use your hands appropriately. The right pressure should be put at the end of the levers, and when you handle the breaks, make sure you slide your lower body to the back of the seat. This will keep the back rear of the bike on road, and it will not allow it to stand up from the ground.
Get the Right Gear
The right gear is the one that makes you feel comfortable for a longer period of time while cycling. If you choose a high gear and you use it for a longer period of time, your knees might suffer due to the pressure that is applied on them. Shift between the gears – this will allow you for a better exercise with less pressure on your articulations.
Follow the Traffic
If you have to cycle in a heavy traffic, a road that is narrow or somewhere else that you don’t feel comfortable, the secret is to ride in lane with all the cars. Don’t ride the side, because there you will not be visible to the other participants in the traffic and you could be pushed out of the road.
Once you know the basic rules of a safe cycling give us a call at Union Ciclista and come join us!