With rise in pollution and global warming car free days and bike months have become a common affair in places around the world but riding a bike whether
professionally or casually needs to be done right.
Wrong technique can often lead to bruises, aches, scratches and crashes and simple road rules aren’t always enough. So today I am going to cover 5 mistakes beginner riders make very often and why they shouldn’t.
Keeping the seat very low
Always get a bike that comes with an adjustable seat and handles. Its one of the first rules of bike buying. A very low seat can result in constant knee aches. This happens because you need to lower your pedal stroke further.
The right seat height is where your knees are slightly bent even at the lowest point of a pedal stroke. For the right measurement try riding using your heels without the pedal clips and avoid moving the pelvis. Seat height approximately should be around your waist.
Not carrying necessity tools
While we never want to miss out on the fancy kits and gears how often do we miss out on the other important accessories like a spare or a pump or patch tool? These are even more important while trail riding. You could be cruising a minute and could be stuck in ditch with a flat tire the next.
Having a small pump, lever and patches can be instant fixes and can get you up and running within minutes.
Getting every possible gear
Becoming a cyclist is fairly easy. All the crazy upgrades and accessories you have been surfing about on the internet are not needed. In fact you don’t even need the best road bike in town or the fancy set of shorts and shoes.
Yes having a top end bike and the slick smoking hot gear is fun and makes you feel like a pro, the most important point is to get up, get out and ride. You’ll have enough time for upgrades later.
For short rides you do not need to refuel mid-way but make sure you have a good pre-ride meal before hopping on and always carry water especially during the summer months. For any ride over an hour make sure you carry an energy bar or a banana and grab a bite and sip of water every 15-20 minutes. Also watch out for any symptoms of tiredness, dizziness etc.
Buying the wrong bike fit
You are probably wondering what’s all the noise surrounding the fit. Every guide, article on bike buying has it. After all it’s a bike not clothes, right? Guess what, this is even more complex. Having the wrong fit will result in uncomfortable rides and everlasting aches and bruises.
The seat, handlebars etc. should have the right amount of padding and grip, the pedals preferably should come with clips. Give the bike a good long test ride before making any purchase.