3 Things Every Cyclist Should Know

Most people learn how to ride their bikes in their childhood, so they never know the proper preparations required in regards to cycling.

In fact, most adults jump back into riding their bike without knowing relevant safety precautions they need to follow.

If you decide to wing it and learn as you go, you run the risk of harming yourself and others. This means it’s important to inform yourself about cycling basics for both your safety and the safety of those around you.

Keep on reading to find out things every cyclist should know before stepping foot on a bike.

1. Knowing How Much To Eat & Drink

Both nutrition and hydration play a pivotal role in you having a triumphant cycling experience. While you ride your bike, you’ll burn a lot of calories which leaves you body as sweat.

This means you need to take into account your food and water consumption before you get on your bike.

Before you take your bike out for a ride, a good rule of thumb to follow is to drink at minimum 16 ounces of water in a one to two-hour time span. You can adjust your water intake levels based on the weather of that day.

Other than drinking water two hours before bike riding, you should also eat a snack or meal about two hours before hopping on your bike.

2. Knowing Proper Body Positions

Your body position on a bike dictates how well you ride, how much force you can apply, and how comfortable you are while riding your bike. Even if a salesman at your local bike shop made adjustments, it doesn't mean the bike is perfect for your body.

Group of people on their bikes in the park

If you start to feel discomfort during long bike rides, you should probably get your bike adjusted since it's not made to match your particular anatomy.

You'll start to feel pain and tightness in the lower back region as well as your neck and knees. It's not recommended to push through pain since this leaves your body vulnerable to sustain other injuries.

A professional cyclist recommends bending your arms whenever you're riding your bike. If you were to lock your arms, all the vibration that you sense at the bars of the bike would travel up your locked arms to your neck and shoulders.

This promotes both neck and shoulder pain, which is something you want to avoid.

3. Knowing The Rules Of The Road

For those who love to ride their bikes but live in a crowded city, you can still ride your bike around. Keep in mind that you should follow all the rules of the road while you do so.

If you're riding amongst traffic, you need to make eye contact with drivers when you can rest assured that they know about your presence.

You should give parked cars extra space while you ride your bike, so you don't accidentally get hit with a car door.

Since riding your bike is popular In cities like New York City and Portland, you'll notice there are specific bike lanes for people riding their bikes.

Boy on a bike with his mother wearing a sign about safety

If you happen to see one of these bike lanes, you should follow it. You won't be harming pedestrians, and you won't be injured by cars, which is a win-win situation.

This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 02:07 pm

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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