Top 4 Common Cycling Mistakes

4 Common Cycling Mistakes

Cycling can be a fun and simple way to get some exercise or get yourself from place to place.

Unfortunately, some riders are unaware of minor mistakes that they make while they ride their bike.

While you may say that these minor mistakes are just that minor, a lot of small mistakes can pile up and make your cycling experience far worse than it should be.

Even if you are a veteran cyclist, you may be surprised to see that you are committing an error or two. Regardless, this should be an interesting read.

Common Mistakes:

  • Using the wrong seat height
  • Braking too late
  • ​Neglecting to clean your bike
  • Forgetting to bring water

Wrong Seat Height

Having the wrong seat height can lead to you getting more tired early on in your bike ride. This is because your knee will be at a sub-optimal angle to the pedal if your seat is either too high or too low.

Of course, most of the time that your seat is too high, you will not be able to reach the pedal when it is at its farthest extension, so this is easy to compensate for. More bothersome is when your seat is too low.

Ensuring that your seat is at the right height is rather simple, all you must do is sit on your bike and put your foot on the pedal when it is at its lowest. If your leg is fully extended, your seat is at the proper height. If not, adjust your seat and try again.

Late Braking

If you wait until you are in a corner to brake, you are braking ineffectively.

In addition to diminishing the effectiveness of your braking, it may cause you to lose control of your bike.

Braking while you are in the process of cornering has a higher chance of making your wheels lock up.

When your wheels lock, your chances of either being thrown over the handlebars or entering a slide are significantly increased.

Kid and funny late braking.

Forgetting to Bring Water

Biking can be a very intense workout. If you forget to bring water on longer rides, you may find it harder to continue due to dehydration. To make up for this, you can either attach a water bottle holder to the frame of your bicycle, or you can bring a small bag with a water bottle along with you for the ride.

Neglecting to Clean Your Bike

If you neglect to clean your bike after a particularly messy ride, you may find that the quality of your components will degrade over time.

Mud can seep into your bearings and result in a rougher ride, amongst other negative influences dirt can have on your biking experience.

Neglecting to Clean Your Bike


We hope that this article has helped you avoid these common mistakes that are typical of not only beginner cyclists, but many cyclists with varying levels of experience. Now it’s time to put those skills to good use!


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This post was last updated on June 4th, 2018 at 12:50 pm

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