Recently I was on television talking about my Top 5 Things All New Cyclists Need To Know. I was admittedly a little nervous as this was my second time having camera’s surround me and it was a live show so ya know…NO PRESSURE!!! There is no taking back what you say or retakes. It’s a one shot deal! So to follow up my show, here is your Top 5 Things All New Cyclists Need To Know.
(1) Always leave the house with food, water, ID, cell phone, tools and wear proper cycling gear.
I like to wear my Road ID bracelet so it has all my pertinent information on there in case something happens. Super important!
I make sure to bring the tools I need to do small repairs in case I get a flat tire or something comes loose.
And I wear proper cycling attire which includes the following:
There is no better way to learn than in a guided hands-on workshop. It gives you the opportunity to work on your own bike and learn how to care for it which in turns leaves you feeling super CONFIDENT which is what we want.
(3) Get a bike fit.
A lot of people miss this step. When you purchase a bike it is well worth budgeting money to get a good bike fit. This will help to alleviate potential pain or even injuries.
It’s kind of like having your desk, computer and keyboard set up correctly if you work in an office. It’s the same thing with your bike.
It took me 2 years before I even knew that this was a ‘thing’! Once I was fit properly, riding my bike was like putting on a glove. Everything fit and felt good AND I had more energy.
If you want to learn more about this then check out my blog post 'Why a bike fit matters and how to get a good one'.
It really is best to learn how to ride in a group before you join in on one for the first time. There are unspoken rules and skills to be learned to ensure that when you join in everyone is riding safely. It's why I created my women's cycling group called the Pura Vida Mavericks.
The Pura Vida Mavericks have all come through one of my skills camps which would be a Learn to Ride Skills Camp which encompasses all of which I have talked about above, my Take It To The Next Level Skills Camp which is for women who are thinking they’d like to learn more advanced skills and ride more frequently and then my Learn to Race Skills Camp where I teach you everything you need to prepare you for your first, second or third race or event. This includes everything from skills to sports nutrition to get you to the finish line!
I remember when I first started riding there were no women to ride with and certainly no skills courses to be taken. I created all of what I teach so that women don’t have to learn the hard way like I did. :) And now I also provide Women’s Cycling Retreats for anyone who is looking to travel and see new places by bike with a group of like-minded and supportive women.
Riding bikes is such wonderful way to make new friends!