Biken is the Japanese word for “bicycle” and more than just a word, it’s also an approach to cycling that will improve your bicycle rides! Bicycling does not need to be difficult or scary, but sadly many people ride their bikes as if it is. Riding your bike should be fun and enjoyable
There’s nothing like a nice ride on your bike. It clears the mind, gets you to think about something other than work for an hour or so, and is a great exercise to boot; it doesn’t take much more than a decent road and a few rules of conduct to have a wonderful experience. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your cycling experiences:
1 – Get A Good Bike –
Make sure you have a good bicycle. This means buying from a reputable dealer, not going for the cheapest thing off eBay or Craigslist. You don’t want your “bicycle” to be held together with duct tape and zip ties, right? Don’t go overboard either – bikes can cost thousands of dollars! Just make sure it fits you properly and is suited to the type of riding you plan on doing.
2 – Tune It Up And Maintain It –
This is just as important as having a good bike. A well-tuned, well-maintained bike will run better, last longer, and be more enjoyable to ride. Part of tuning up your bike is making sure the tires are inflated to the correct pressure, the brakes work well, and all the gears and bearings are in good condition.
3 – Wear The Proper Clothing & Gear –
You don’t want to be out riding in shorts and a t-shirt when it’s cold or raining out! Make sure you have clothing that’s appropriate for the weather conditions, as well as the type of riding you will be doing. You don’t want to wear a tracksuit on your ride across town, but you don’t want to wear flip-flops either!
4 – Take A Training Class –
If this is your first time riding a bike in 30 years, maybe it’s best to start with some lessons. There are many community centers that offer beginner classes for adults who have not ridden in years and need to learn the basics again. Don’t worry, there won’t be any childish games or silly songs; these classes cover everything from how to get started and stop correctly, what gear you need depending on where you’re going and what time of year it is, as well as traffic skills and rules of the road. After your training, you can take another class to learn how to ride on trails and paths!
5 – Find The Right Path For You –
A “path” or “trail” is what many people think of when they picture two-wheelers. There are so many great cycling paths around the country that allow riders of all abilities to get out and enjoy themselves in a safe, traffic-free environment. Whether it’s taking an afternoon stroll through the park or riding long distances along rolling hillsides, there’s always something for everyone!
6 – Follow The Rules Of The Road –
Like any other vehicle on the road (car, motorcycle, etc.), bicyclists need to follow the same rules of the road as cars if they want to stay safe. Never ride your bike on the sidewalk or against traffic, always use hand signals to let others know what you’re doing (turning, slowing/stopping), and always yield to cars before entering a street.
7 – Enjoy Yourself!
No matter where you are riding your bicycle, make sure you enjoy yourself! Without having fun with it, why even bother getting out there in the first place? Don’t forget that if you want to go anywhere fast or cover lots of ground, you need to be putting some effort into it – it’s not like watching TV on automatic pilot! A little bit of exertion might actually do some good for your health too…
8 – Loosen Up –
Riding is more than just about making turns and going between two points. It’s not a contest to see who can ride the most miles or fastest time, so don’t take it as such! Cycling is about having fun and seeing what you can do on a bicycle. Loosen up your steering and slow down every now and then – there’s no prize for overdoing it!
9 – Keep Learning –
As much as we might love riding our bicycles, it pays to know that we still have plenty to learn. Each day brings something new and unexpected, whether it be a new path or trail, turn in the road, or obstacle coming up ahead; cycling never gets boring! Don’t pick one type of riding (road biking) and think you’ve seen/learned everything – cycling is too big and diverse for that. Branch out, try something new, and keep learning!
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get out there and start riding! Whether it’s on the street or a path, make sure to always follow the rules of the road and be aware of your surroundings. Be safe, have fun, and happy cycling!