This article brought back fond memories for me that I thought a new cyclist might want to experience. Most of us have "been" there but the article has some great info and reminders for all levels of cyclists. Doug Robertson wrote this article for Active.
1. Get Lost
Ride somewhere you have never been. Explore and rediscover like you did as a child.
2. Fix a Flat
Be sure you are on the side of a road with multiple cars zipping by. You might ride most of the day and never see a vehicle but as soon as you have a flat.....traffic central!
3. Fix the Flat Again
Fixing a flat is never completely easy and can be brutal. Miss a sliver of glass or have a smidgen of tube sticking just out of the rim waiting to be pinched. To learn is to have failed!
4. Visit Every Local Bike Shop
Make a list of what you like and don't. You are going to be around these people and you might as well find your best niche. Treat these people with respect because they will do you a big favor sometime.
5. Make Friends
Talk about riding, find forums, make cycling friends, join a team. You learn more and cycling in a group is safer.
6. Little Hills/Big Hills
Ride hills! Suffer and learn and attack them. Start small and keep going until you are zipping up mountains. Give yourself time and it does get easier.
7. Don't Apologize for Being New
Everyone has to start somewhere. Don't complain and keep trying. You are going to get dropped by other riders. Hang in there and keep trying. Most groups will wait for you, or your buddy will at the top of a big climb.
8. Adjust Your Own Bike
Buy, read go with your instincts. It is your bike and you are the one riding it, so how does it feel? Book says raise the seat, try it.
9. Take Your Bike to the Shop
You have made adjustments and you feel weird and you just know that something horrible is going to occur. I bike shop will make slight adjustments, offer advice and make you feel better about your instincts.
10. Fall over Unclipping
We all have done it and a newbie will too. Get up, dust yourself off and ride again!
11. Find Chain Grease Somewhere
Elbow, calf...wait a minute, my chain isn't even on that side of my bike!
12. Conquer a Small Mechanical Problem Using Only a Multi-tool
Tighten your seat or aero bar....keep your helmet on and make the adjustment. Jump on and keep riding.
13. Keep a Small Version of Your Stuff With You
Money, ID or Road ID, cell phone, extra tube. You need to be prepared and someone needs to be able to find out who you are.
14. Ride Somewhere Pretty
Find an awesome place, take pictures and let your friends know about all the amazing things you and your bike are experiencing.
15. Have Fun
You have the grown-up version of a child's toy. Be a kid again, within reason and enjoy. This should be fun!
| Pounds lost: 11.0