If you’re a beginner cyclist, you may not know where to begin. Village Cycle Center has gathered a list of our top beginner tips to make sure that your first few years of cycling are enjoyable, easy, and fun! To learn more about Village Cycle Center, visit us online at www.VillageCycle.com or call (312) 751-2488.
- Don’t Get Sour
If you’re a runner or other type of outdoor fitness enthusiast, you know how tempting it can be to develop a routine and stick to it – riding the same roads with the same patterns each day. Try to avoid this mentality! Get out and explore on your bike, developing it as a true hobby rather than a traditional fitness routine.
It can be extremely easy to get “analysis paralysis” when it comes to intervals. Where do you start? Our favorite quick-and-easy interval routine for beginners is as follows:
- 2 min hard pedaling
- 2 min easy pedaling
- 1 min hard pedaling
- 1 min easy pedaling
- 30 sec hard pedaling
- 15 sec sprint
- 5 min easy pedaling
- Repeat as many times as necessary.
- Pick a Hill
And kill! Choose a big, bad hill somewhere near your route and make it your goal to ride it with ease. Having a long-term goal can give you something to work toward, making your training sessions work toward an end.
- Practice Changing a Flat
So many new riders are terrified of having a flat. To avoid this fear, practice changing your tube several times in the privacy of your own home. Once you’re comfortable, pack an emergency kit so that you can change them on-the-go.
- Conquer 100
A 100-mile ride is the length that separates hobbyists from cyclists. Pencil one in for whatever timeline you think is reasonable. Crossing that finish line will make you feel like you’re truly part of the world of cycling!
To learn more about Village Cycle Center, visit us online at www.VillageCycle.com or call (312) 751-2488 today!