The number of people taking up cycling is on the rise and it’s no surprise why. If you want to boost your fitness levels, build muscle, save money and help the environment, it’s time to get on your bike and join the many cyclists already on the road.
Whether you’re a complete novice or you’ve recently caught the cycling bug, to being a keen cyclist, these tricks should help you to get more from your new hobby.
Dress the part
If you think that Lycra-clad cyclists are just trying to make a fashion statement, think again. If you want to cycle long distances, improve your speed and protect yourself against the elements, tight-fitting, breathable, moisture-wicking clothing that allows for movement is a must. To prevent chafing and reduce shock absorption, make padded cycling shorts your new best friend. To improve your speed, ditch the backpack and get a cycle jersey with pockets in the back for carrying essentials like pumps, inner tubes and energy gels.
Invest in a power meter
If you think power meters are just for the pros, you’re mistaken. In recent years, these training aids have become more affordable, allowing amateurs and casual riders to measure their power output and track their performance effortlessly. These gadgets can motivate you to become a stronger rider and help you to discover your strengths and weaknesses, get the most out of your training and prepare yourself for races. What’s not to love?
If you’re among the uninitiated, you might be confused when experienced cyclists talk about ‘clipping in’. What they’re referring to is the use of clipless pedals, which can improve comfort and boost pedal efficiency. If you find yourself having to re-position your feet as you cycle, clipless pedals can help. They keep your feet in touch with the pedals for the whole revolution, which can improve your handling and help you reach a high cadence without wasting energy.
Use a boot liner
Transporting your bike by car may be convenient but it can result in wear and tear to your upholstery and tough stains, especially if you enjoy off-roading. If you want to chuck your bike in the boot of your car for a cycling weekend away or a journey to a cycling event, use a boot liner. With their wipe-clean surfaces and durable material, they make easy work of removing dirt and can help you to keep your car looking like new for longer.
Work out without your wheels
Every cyclist worth their salt knows that if you want to stay balanced physically, you need to train muscle groups that aren’t used when you’re on the bike. Activities like running, yoga, pilates, resistance training, weightlifting and swimming can help to build strength and flexibility in parts of your body that aren’t being worked by cycling. Cross training exercises like these can also help you to improve fitness, prevent injury and promote recovery.
We hope these tips have inspired you to take your bike out of storage and get on the move. With the summer in full swing, there’s no better time to explore your surroundings on two wheels.