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Beginners guide to cycling

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Getting out on a bike can be a daunting prospect but with these handy tips, we can help you overcome those fears and gain a love of cycling.

  1. Protect your most valuable asset, your head.

– Wearing a helmet is the most important tip for anyone riding a bike. Confident cyclist or beginners should always wear a helmet because if you fall over whilst not wearing a helmet. It will hurt, there is no way to sugar coat it. Wearing a helmet is common sense and no-one will care what you will look like when you pass them.

  1. Using your gears correctly

– Learn which is the best gear for where you are riding. Read these handy tips on where to use the right gear to ensure you have a smooth journey.

  1. Bike maintenance

–  Talking about gears, make sure you bike is in good working order. There is nothing worse than having a breakdown while you’re a few miles away from home. Check everything from brakes to chain. British Triathlon have a few handy tips on how to check your bike for problem. Visit here for information.

  1. Practice makes perfect.

– If you are new to cycling or haven’t been on a bike for a while then practice in a safe a secure area. Parks are sometimes the best place to practice cycling. Find a nice flat area which you can ride around. Have a look at local places of interest as a YHA Hostel maybe around that area and you can stop in and have a drink and a slice of cake (you would have earned it by cycling)

  1. Know the rules of the road.

– Once you have become more confident in cycling and are ready to take on cycling on the road and in more public places you will need to know the rules of the road. Check out the Highway Code for the rules regarding cyclists riding on the main road.

  1. Get others involved.

– Nothing beats a bit of sociable cycling. Grab your friends and family and find a nice location to cycle around. YHA are in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK so why not find a nice place to cycle around nearby and stop and grab some food. Or even make a weekend of cycling and stay in one of their comfy rooms.

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