Today I am excited to kick off a new series called “Cheeky’s Guide to Getting Started on your Bike!”
This series of posts will apply to you whether you are a not-yet cyclist, a beginner cyclist, or someone who just wants to pick your bike up again after a long hiatus. I’ve been in all three of those buckets.
I will detail out the Cheeky’s 8 steps to help you get in the saddle!
- Figure out your motivation and identify your bike riding goals.
- Which bike should I buy?
- Types of Bikes
- Tips for bike buying.
- What is a bike fit, and why do I need one?
- Riding safely: you need somewhere to ride.
- Do I really need cycling shorts?
- Avoid the BONK!
- What should I bring along when I ride?
- Listen to your body.
Now, let’s get rolling (see what I did there?!)!
Step 1: Figure out your motivation and identify your bike riding goals: What kind of riding do you want to do?
We all have different reasons for getting on a bike, and in my opinion, any reason is a good reason if it gets you on a bike! Understanding what kind of riding you want to do will help you get started in the right direction with the right bike and having some goals for yourself can keep you motivated!:
What kind of riding do you want to do?
- Low-key cruising for short distances
- I’m only going to ride a few miles at a time and I am just cruising around my neighborhood. I’m not riding for speed or distance, I’m just cruisin’!
- Riding for exercise and health
- I want to get outside and get healthy!
- I want to improve my endurance, balance, flexibility, stamina, and overall cardiovascular health on a bike.
- I want to build muscle, burn calories and let my mind feel the freedom that two wheels can offer!
- Bike Commuting instead of driving
- I want to get out of my car! I’m interested in commuting to work on my bike.
- I want to improve my fitness and maybe become less dependent on my car. I would like to explore something that will help me have an efficient and comfortable bike ride.
- Mountain biking in the great outdoors
- I am a badass and want to ride my bike in the dirt! Trails sound awesome to me. Maybe I’ll start on some fire-access roads that are packed dirt, but later in life I want to dodge rocks and tree roots and generally show off my absolute badassery.
- Riding for distance or speed (or both!)
- I’m thinking about signing up for my first charity ride. I like the idea of longer rides, maybe 50 or 60 miles at a time or more! Someday I might consider riding a century ride (100 miles!), but for now I know I want to log some miles!
- Even if you can’t ride 5 miles yet, you can ride for distance too! If Cheeky did it, so can you!
Riding a bicycle is great for mind, body and spirit! Each journey starts with mile at a time and every time you get on your bicycle you grow as a cyclist. Now that you have an idea of what kind of cycling you want to do, the next step is finding the right bike to get you riding. This can feel a bit overwhelming, but fear not dear reader, Cheeky’s got your covered in Step 2: Which bike should I buy?