Are you considering to start cycling as a hobby? Then here are four things to consider before you start cycling.
The first one will be how to set a goal and have an overview of what you will be dealing with once you start cycling.
Then we’ll move one on what are the main priority regarding the equipment.
The third on, before you start your hobby in cycling, you should have a plan ahead of your schedule to do it.
The fourth thing is for further involvement in cycling and where this hobby will take you to.
Before you start cycling you should have a general idea of how it will be having this hobby. Undoubtedly, cycling will offer a lot of advantages to your health. This hobby requires time, so you have to plan to set aside a few hours of your week to cycle, let it be on the evening or weekends, it’s totally up to you to choose based on your other daily activities. You should also aware to have cycling as a hobby investment is needed in terms of buying and maintaining equipment. Know that you aware of the time needed and the amount of money needed you will also need to know the risk involved in cycling. Before start cycling, have a picture in mind on how often you are going to cycle, how much money you are willing to spend, and the risk involves. My advice is, start slow. 30 minutes, twice a week sound reasonable for a starter.
Now that you have the picture in mind, you can go ahead to a bicycle shop. When buying your bike, always consider two major aspects, safety, and comfort. Choose a bike that suits you the best before buying a bicycle. For example, if you just want to use it around your area, chose a hybrid or a road bike, but, if you are going somewhere off-road to cycle, consider a mountain bike. Make sure you also bought safety gear such as helmets, protective clothing, and hydration pack or water bottle. It is recommended to drink every 15 minutes when cycling to compensate for water loss in your body. If you are planning to cycle at night, buy also reflectors and lamps.
It will help you to decide on what kind of bicycle you are going to get. If you now the route where you are going to cycle in advance. Don’t purchase the bike first and find the place later. survey the route before buying one. See if any extra item needs to be bought, pay attention to how busy the route will be, and estimate how long to finish the route on a bicycle. If the route is away from home, make sure you know where the nearest help is available in case of any emergency happen.
Cycling in a group is much better. Try to get in touch with local guys who have the same hobby, or try searching the online forum for cycling. Don’t be shy to ask for questions or suggestions. To get a better response you should report your progress as well. Don’t mind if you are not started cycling yet. You can always tell them your plan, for example, which bicycle are you going to buy, where you are going to cycle, or how often you are going to do it. They will give you feedback and you can improve your plan from there.
These are the four basic things you have to do before you cycling. The last thing you want to do is buying a wrong bicycle that will just rotten in your garage. Or, going all out on your first ride and giving up because you think your body can not endure cycling. Start slow, know your limit, and stay consistent. Before you know it you will be cycling on a regular basis and you can go extra miles too. Enjoy cycling