It seems that cycling is revolutionising the transport game with many opting to priorities low carbon footprint alternatives for transport. While cycling is fantastic for our ecosystem it is also very beneficial for our health. In this blog, we are going to be talking through our 3 top tips for getting you back in the saddle.
Pick the right bike for you
When it comes to cycling, having the correct bike for you is integral, having a properly fitting bike ensures that you are in the correct position during your ride and you stay comfortable the entire time. A well-fitted bike can also prevent overuse injuries that can result in poor position and posture for example back pain.
Firstly let’s think about what you are going to be using your bike for and for how long? If you are planning to do long commutes to work perhaps it may be wise to think about an electric bike or e-bike. An e-bike will take some of the strain off you and allow for assistance during difficult rides letting you relax more.
This may or may not be necessary depending on how well a cycler you are. But if you are a newbie it may be worth putting some practice in beforehand to avoid crashes. You can also use this time to brush up on your cycling road rules such as positioning around cars, signalling and ensuring you are visible. This will all help you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
It goes without saying but you need to ensure that your bike is securely locked and kept in a safe place when you aren’t using it. If you are cycling to an office check out your surrounding areas for bike shelters you can utilise and invest in a quality chain lock for your bike. This will reduce the risk of theft.
Cycling in different weather conditions
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t still hop on your bike, you can prepare for different weather conditions with easy add-ons for your bike, for example, tires for slippery roads. Below is a list of things to consider when riding in different weather conditions:
Lights - Make sure that both you and your bike are well lit when riding in the dark, you can do this by wearing a reflective jacket or utilising reflective stickers on your shoes. Fortunately, many e-bikes are fitted with LED lights so you will be sure to be seen.
Know your route- Whether you are going a route you always go or a new one it is always important to plan the way you want to go beforehand, this will help you to make quick decisions on the road and be more assertive limiting the risk of accidents.