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Not understanding your bike. Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, so you need to know what you’re dealing with before you speed off on your first ride. Understanding your bike is a key part to getting started. Learning the complete anatomy of the bike and knowing what’s what can save you various trips to the repair shop and some serious cash in the long run.
Buying the most expensive gear. Buying the most expensive cycling gear is a common beginner’s mistake. High cost doesn’t always equate to high quality. As a beginner we recommend you get appropriate kit for your level until you learn what works for you. There are some great beginner bikes on a budget out there or alternatively if you are looking for something you can improve on and enter sportives then here’s a list of the best full carbon bikes that won’t break the bank.
Not fitting your bike properly. Unfortunately the whole “one size fits all” does not apply to bikes. Making sure your bike fits perfectly to your body position can prevent 3 of the most common cycling injuries; saddle sores being one of them. This video guide will show you how to fit your bike correctly, or you can take it into a shop to double check.
Setting unrealistic goals. When cycling for the first time it’s easy to set goals that may not be as realistic as first thought. Jumping on the saddle and expecting to easily cycle up hills can be an ambitious thought. It’s important to ease your body into training otherwise you could be sofa bound for a few days, or worse, risk cycling injuries. Following a cycling training plan for a specific distance is the best way to see improvements in your cycling without burning yourself out too early on.
Progress. Tracking your progress is a great way to see how far you have come on with your training. Using the 5 best cycling apps can allow you to understand more about your progression and build up confidence in your riding. From this you will then be able to set realistic future goals, such as the 100km training guide or even just signing up to a sportive in your area.
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