Four Things You Have to Do Before You Start Cycling
Are you considering starting cycling as a hobby? Then here are four things to consider before you start cycling. The first one will be how to set a goal and have an overview on what you will be dealing with once you start cycling. Then we’ll move one on what are the main priority regarding the equipment’s. The third one, before you start your hobby in cycling, you should have planned your schedule to do it. The fourth thing is for further involvement in cycling and where this hobby will take you to.
Before you start cycling you should have general idea on how it will be and what involved with having this hobby. Undoubtedly, cycling will offer a lot of advantages to your health. This hobby will require time, so you will have to plan to set a side a few hours of your week to cycle, let it be on the evening or weekends, it’s totally up to you to choose based on your other daily activities.
You should also be aware that to have cycling as a hobby investment is needed in terms of buying and maintaining the bike and equipment.. Make sure that you aware of time needed and the amount of money needed, you will also need to know the risks involve in cycling. Before you start cycling, have a picture in your mind of how often you are going to cycle, how much money you are willing to spend, and the risks involved. My advise is, start slow. 30 minutes, twice a week sounds reasonable for a starter.
Now that you have the picture in mind, you can go ahead to a bicycle shop. When buying your bike, always consider two major aspects, safety and comfort. Choose a bike that suits you the best before you decide to buy a bicycle. For example, if you just want to use it around your local area, choose a hybrid or a road bike, but, if you are going somewhere off-road to cycle, consider a mountain bike. Make sure to also boy safety gear such as helmets, protective clothing, and also hydration pack or water bottle. It is recommended to drink every 15 minutes when cycling to compensate for water loss in your body. If you are planning to cycle at night, remember to buy reflectors and cycle lamps.
It might help you to decide on what kind of bicycle you are going to buy. If you have some idea of the route and terrain where you are going to cycle in advance. Don’t purchase the bike first and find the place later. survey the route before buying one. See if any extra items are needed to be bought, pay attention to how busy the route will be and estimate how long it will take to complete the route on a bicycle. If the route is away from home, make sure you know where the nearest help is available in case of an emergency and it’s always best if you remember to take a fully charged mobile phone with you just in case.
Cycling in group is much better for safety reasons as well as enjoyment. Try to get in touch with local guys who have the same hobby, or try searching online forum for cycling clubs. Don’t be shy to ask questions or make suggestions. To get a better response you should report your progress as well. Don’t worry if you haven’t started cycling yet, you can always tell them know your plan, for example, which bicycle are you going to buy, where you are going to cycle, or how often you are going to do it. They will give you feedback and you can improve your plan from there.