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An introduction to biking

Kavya Reddy · September 6, 2022
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Summer, ah. We can't wait until the time of year when we can let our hair down and adopt a carefree, anything-goes attitude. It's time to start setting priorities for how to maximize enjoyment throughout each day when the weather warms and days are longer so, why not start biking then? Biking is a quick, enjoyable, and adaptable sport that can get you everywhere in a matter of minutes. Additionally, compared to activities like running, it is of a lower intensity and so causes considerably less injuries and chronic joint pain thereby making it suitable for most people.

Advice for new bikers

Purchasing a new bike is the best and most exciting thing you can do
Purchasing a new bike is the best and most exciting thing you can do

Purchasing a new bike is the best and most exciting thing you can do, and this is the ideal moment to do it. Technology advancements and the design of bikes with all types of cyclists in mind have made them more practical, dependable, and even more enjoyable to ride. That's partially because, as bike manufacturers broaden their offerings to cater to the various ways that people love riding, the diversity has expanded from a few basic types to now encompass all manner of niches and categories-within-categories.

Types of Bikes

Road Biking

Road cycling is the most widespread form of cycling
Road cycling is the most widespread form of cycling

In general, that anybody who rides a bicycle on paved surface streets and roads, as compared to off-road trails, wilderness landscapes, beaches, or undiscovered wilderness, is referred to as a road cyclist, regardless of whether the cyclist is out running errands, delivering messages, commuting, exercising, adventuring, touring, or competing. And even cyclists who ride primarily for fun and exercise may do so for one or more of these additional reasons.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain
Mountain biking is a sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain

In the sport of mountain biking, riders ride bicycles off-road. There are numerous types of terrain, such as desert, mountain, and rocks. This sport has numerous subcategories, including cross-country, dirt-jumping, and downhill. The riders must have the necessary tools on them to fix their damaged motorcycles. Since the race is far from civilization, they should also bring a rucksack with necessary items. Mountain riding is becoming more and more popular every day, as evidenced by the expanding number of people who participate in mountain biking competitions throughout the world.

Equipment used 

Road Bikes

road bikes are designed to maximize efficiency on the road
road bikes are designed to maximize efficiency on the road

Road bikes are intended to be ridden on the road, as the name suggests. You wonder if all bikes can travel on the road. They most certainly can. However, as road bikes are designed to maximise efficiency on the road, they would perform horribly on a mountain dirt track. Instead, the specific geometry (i.e., frame shape) of road bikes, the breadth of the tyres, and the weight of the components are all intended to assist cyclists make the most of the road. In case you were curious, you cannot purchase a road bike with skinny tyres and convert it into a mountain bike by fitting it with large, knobby tyres.

Mountain Bikes

If you want to do mountain biking or ride primarily off-road, get a mountain bike
If you want to do mountain biking or ride primarily off-road, get a mountain bike

Mountain bikes have larger, knobblier tyres and a frame geometry that makes them more suited for extremely rough terrain because they are designed to be used on mountains or off-road routes. You can climb and cross mountains with the aid of a wide range of gears and wide, knobby tyres for traction.

Some bicycles (referred to as "hardtails") only have front suspension, while others (referred to as "full suspension" or "full sus") include both front and rear suspension for shock absorption.

If you want to do mountain biking or ride primarily off-road, get a mountain bike. If you want to go long distances on a bicycle or just scoot around town, don't get a mountain bike.

E Bikes

E-bikes are better for elderly/senior riders
E-bikes are better for elderly/senior riders

Although a scooter or electric motorcycle may come to mind when someone hears the word "electric bicycle," they appear quite different. Imagine a typical bicycle and then add a few electrical parts to it, such as a controller, a battery, and a motor, all of which are smoothly incorporated into the design. The basic components of every electric bicycle on the market are these!

Similar to a traditional bicycle, electric bikes include a pedal and a handlebar. Generally speaking, an electric bike will also use these components. It is intended for the electric component to supplement human power rather than totally replace it. You can travel farther without getting as weary since it makes challenges like hills and headwind more manageable.

These are bikes, either road or mountain, with an additional battery-powered engine to increase our pedalling force. E-bikes often fall into one of three categories. Class 1 e-bikes have a top speed of 20 mph and assist you while you peddle. Even if you are not pedalling, class 2 models will still power your ride until they click off at 20 mph. Additionally, Class 3 e-bikes provide assistance for pedalling up to a top speed of 28 mph.

Advice for Beginners in Biking

- Select the right kind of bike

The obvious first query is, "What kind of bike should I purchase?" Decide what kind of riding you want to do first. A bike from more than one category may occasionally be acceptable. Specific candidates can be chosen once you've whittled the field down to a few styles. Adult bicycles of good quality cost around $300 to $400. Many department store bikes that you see for less are shoddy constructed, badly put together, and will be completely boring to ride. A nice bike, though, will last and you'll use it much more.

Compare the specifications of various manufacturers in your price range, including the brakes, gearing, and frame material. Use the size finder to check the sizing, which differs from brand to brand, and see what fits you best. Yes, consider colour and graphics.

- Understand the laws of the road

Since bicycles are considered to be cars, the sidewalk is not where they should be. No matter where they go in the United States, motorcyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws as cars. Yes, it include signalling turns, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and riding on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic. You should familiarise yourself with the exact laws that apply to riding in your state because they vary from state to state. Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect oneself when road riding.

- Invest with the right gears

It becomes pricey when you start to sum up all the equipment you need to ride, like your helmet, bibs, jersey, water bottles, and shoes. While certain accessories, like water bottle holders, are not absolutely necessary, others, like helmets, are quite important and well worth a significant cost.

A professional bike fit will increase your comfort, help you avoid and treat injuries, and even help you find any lost or wasted watts. There is a lot to pick from, but my top piece of advise is to remember that "you get what you pay for." Your journey on the bike will be more joyful if you manage your money well and make some high-quality investments.

- Do some strength training exercises

Cycling enthusiasts are increasingly resorting to the gym to raise their performance, even if real riding is still the best method to increase your overall cycling fitness and hone those essential skills. The activities listed here can help you improve your strength, power, and cycling ability, no matter what your end goal is—whether it's preparing for a great sportive finish or simply trying to keep up on a neighbourhood club ride.

Cycling enthusiasts who wish to increase their strength on the bike should try lunges. Lunges are an easy exercise that target the hips, quads, and hamstrings while working every lower body muscle.

- Join a cycling club

You can combine your social life with your bike lifestyle. It's likely that you squeeze cycling into your schedule, which could interfere with your social life (or vice versa). What if you joined a bike club and integrated the two? Cycling clubs come in a wide range and are frequently another way for members to show their interests, starting with the kind of riding they enjoy (i.e. road or off-road). The advantages of joining a bicycle club are numerous; in fact, there are almost too many to list because there is always something else about clubs that you can appreciate.

We're confident that after you experience your first ride, the sense of freedom, adventure, and excitement will have you hooked.

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