Here are seven need-to-know pointers to get you started safely and in style.
1. A Good Helmet Is Essential
When it comes to cycling, a well-fitted and up-to-date helmet is an absolute must, even for experienced cyclists.
A high-quality helmet should be the first thing you buy when you decide to get into cycling.
2. Invest in Accessories to Help You Carry Things
One of the many reasons you probably got into biking was the freedom that it offered. However, if you can’t take the items you need with you when you bike, it won’t be as enjoyable as you’d hoped. And, you won’t be able to use your bike as much as you would probably like to.
Investing in a basket or a functional bike pack will allow you to carry what you want, when you want. And as such, you are far less likely to become discouraged.
3. Get a Really Good Lock
When buying a lock it is a good idea to look for a reputable brand that costs about one-third of the total value of the bike.
Be sure to research some of the different types of locks available to find out what style is right for you.
4. The Type of Bike You Choose Matters
Before you buy, decide what you will actually be using your bike for.
There are many different types of bikes that are better suited for specific purposes. For example, if you plan on riding on rough terrain a BMX bike will be ideal. And for shorter city rides, a cruiser can be a comfortable and stylish option.
Your local bike shop employee can help you make the best choice to suit your lifestyle. Don’t be too shy to ask for advice. They are always happy to help!
5. Always Have an Emergency Breakdown Kit Ready and On Hand
Be sure to never leave home without basic emergency provisions on hand. This includes a tire pump, a tire patch kit, a water bottle, a cell phone or walkie-talkie, bike oil, and an extra inner tube.
Remember that anything can come up, and the last thing you want when getting started is to be left stranded.
6. Buy the Proper Clothing
Having the proper clothing for cycling means that you’ll be comfortable when you ride so you can focus on mastering the basics and not have to worry about anything else.
7. Wave at Other Bikers!
After all, you are all in this together! Keep in mind that other bikers can be a great source for tips and advice when you were starting out, so is a great idea to make some friends.
At Fort Myers Bike Shop we have the experience and expertise to help you get on the road safely and with confidence. We carry everything that beginner bikers need to get started, check us out today to find out more.