It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the sport of cycling or you are an old veteran who has been pedaling throughout his or her life. What really matters is that how much you love this sport and what all benefits you are getting in return. Let’s admit, we all make mistakes and even after years of cycling, it’s quite possible that we may be repeating the same mistake again and again. Making mistakes in it is not wrong, but unknowingly or knowingly, repeating it is incorrect.
It’s only by making mistakes we learn and this is true for the sport of cycling as well. So the big question is what all mistakes we make while we enjoy this sport? Do we really know them and can they be corrected? We tried to answer the aforesaid question in the precise write up below. Read on to find out more.
This is one of the most common mistakes that cyclist do when they are riding. Low seat has many disadvantages such as pain in the front part of your knee and you have to put more pressure as well, while pedaling. If your seat is low then you are under extending your pedal stroke, which results in discomfort. In fact the right seat height would be in such a manner so that your knees are slightly bent when your cycle paddle reaches the lowest end of its round journey. You can check this easily by not wearing any footgear and trying to touch the paddle when it’s nearest to the ground.
Buying best gear
Some people opine that in order to have a great cycling experience, you need to buy lots of fancy stuffs such as clipped in shoes, clothes, latest bikes, etc. But we beg to differ from this opinion as to be a great cyclist you need to have zeal in yourself. What is the benefit of accumulating so much stuff related to cycling if you don’t cycle often. Of course we agree that having latest gizmos will surely help and will give you a sort of kick but again the most important matter is to go out and ride. Once you develop the habit of cycling then you can accumulate fancy stuffs later on.
Improper bike fit
It’s important to understand that the bike you are buying should fit yourself in every aspect. If you are not feeling comfortable or it’s painful riding your bike then chances are pretty high that you will desist from riding it often. You need to spend as much time on the saddle as possible to become an excellent cyclist. To get the correct fit, you need to focus on two elements, reach and seat height. The seat height, as we stated earlier also, should be positioned so that when the paddle is on its lowest end then your knees should bend a little. By proper reach we mean that your torso and arm should make a 45-degree angle, when you are riding the bike.
Not taking proper care
Your bicycle is a mechanical machine and as with everything else, it needs regular maintenance. Anyways, you don’t have to be a professional in maintaining your bike but a regular maintenance here and there will definitely help you in prolonging your bike’s life. Apart from that you could save a lot of money, you might be spending, at the bike’s repair shop. So what are you waiting for, get your gears and start the job!
Going too fast
Here when we are talking about going too fast, we are not talking about the speed of your bike but what in reality we are talking about is your pace of learning the skill of biking. You will be amazed to know that one of the main sources of injury that happens to you while riding a cycle is when you try to achieve too much in little time. Try to start with small distances first and the gradually mature to bigger distances. Give your body enough time to cope up with the distance you wish to cover and believe us, you will never get disappointed!
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