If you have finally been encouraged to start a new adventure on top of a bike, we welcome you to the world of cycling, I hope this is the beginning of an incredible pastime, which for many becomes a great passion.
The excitement of going out to roll is a lot and that is why we prepare the following tips for your first experiences pedaling.
Prepare your bike
Before going out to roll remember to check if your tires are well inflated, the pressure of these will be important for a better performance in your wheel, do not forget to check the brakes, as well as the changes, these two elements must be well adjusted. Finally the chain of your bike must be lubricated.
If for some reason you have stopped using your bike for a long time (which we hope it is not, do not forget to visit your local workshop for a quick review or a set-up before leaving.
Properly fitted helmet
To avoid wearing the helmet incorrectly or with an inappropriate fit, make sure your helmet isn’t upside down– I know, but it’s a very common mistake among some new riders.
Once you have everything in order, place your helmet so that it is level on your head. It should not lean forward or backward.
Squeeze it under the chin enough so that the strap does not hinder the movement of the jaw and you are good to go.
Review local traffic rules
If you’re not sure about traveling in traffic, you can try a bikeway or parks before you hit the streets. On the other hand, it is important that you know the cycling regulations of the city in which you are.
Most rules will require you to avoid the sidewalk and think of the bike as just one more vehicle, don’t forget to respect all stop signs and traffic lights.
Plan your route and use GPS apps
Nothing absorbs the fun of a faster trip than getting lost, and we all know how reliable mobile networks can be in remote areas of the city. Why not print a map before you travel to have a backup?
Depending on the type of trip you’re planning, you can find bike maps of the city, Google Maps bike mode, Strava, Map My Ride, Ride With GPS, and organized travel routes.
Another good option is to ask in our branches for the rolls that we make monthly.
Pack some tools
It is basic to have a multiple tool and the basic elements to repair a puncture: pump, spare chamber or a patch kit and spatulas.
Follow these simple tips on every trip you make, they will surely give you the confidence you are looking for in your first tours.