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Answering the Top Googled Cycling Questions

Answering the Top Googled Cycling Questions

Anyone taking up a new hobby or sport is likely to have a lot of questions before they start. Cycling is no different, we’re going to answer some of the internets most asked cycling questions.

Is cycling good for you?

Cycling is a great form of exercise and has many health benefits including increased cardio fitness, strength and flexibility, joint mobility, decreased stress levels and improved heart health.

Is cycling safe?

Cycling is usually perfectly safe, however if you are out cycling on the road then there are things you can do to protect yourself. You should understand the rules of the road and always signal your intentions when turning or changing lane (to turn) as well as wearing the right protective gear.

What Gear do I need to start cycling?

There’s a lot of cycling gear out here that you could buy but you don’t need all of it. Some essential bits of gear you’ll need to get started are:

  • A bike- this one goes without saying, to start cycling you will obviously need a bike.
  • A helmet- Safety first!
  • Suitable clothes- Stick to moisture-wicking sports fabrics, these will keep you dry and comfortable. Also avoid baggy trousers! If you’ve ever cycled before you’ll know that when a trouser leg and a bike chain meet it can end in disaster, so stick to shorts or leggings.
  • Water- either in a bottle that you can secure to your bike frame or a hydration pack.
  • Sunglasses- As well as protecting you from the elements these will also shield you from dirt, grit, and sometimes even bugs!
  • Repair kit- you never know when you could get a puncture, always be prepared!

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes! Every cyclist should wear a helmet, even if you’re not going very far. You might think you look silly, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Why do cyclists shave their legs?

Many cyclists choose to shave their legs, most people assume this is to be more aerodynamic and while there is some truth in that, it isn’t the only reason.

One of the most common reasons cyclists give for shaving their legs is to make post cycle massage easier. Another is making it easier to treat any cuts and scrapes from falling off the bike.

Why do cyclists wear Lycra?

Cyclists choose to wear Lycra over other fabrics for a more aerodynamic fit and to minimise chaffing.

Like many other lightweight sports fabrics, Lycra is designed to be moisture-wicking to keep you dry and maintain comfort.

Is cycling an expensive sport?

Cycling can become an expensive sport if you want to have all the latest gear, but it doesn’t have to be. Especially if you’re a beginner, picking up a second-hand bike is the best way to make cycling more budget friendly.

However, one thing you should always buy new is your helmet. There’s no way to tell if a second-hand helmet has been in an accident but if it has then it may be damaged and won’t provide the necessary protection.

What kind of bike should I buy?

The bike you choose will depend on your needs, if you only plan to cycle to and from work then a road bike will suit you. For off-road cycling a mountain bike is preferable, or if you plan to do a bit of both, then there are also versatile hybrid options available.

Choosing the right bike is crucial for your comfort and enjoyment. Getting the right size bike is something that new cyclists often don’t consider. However just like an ill-fitting pair of shoes, the wrong size bike can ruin the whole experience.

What are cleats and clipless pedals?

Cleats and clipless pedals work together to help you pedal smoother and faster. The cleat is attached to the sole of your shoe and by pushing down and forward on the pedal, clips on for a secure connection. While it can take a little bit of getting used to at first, most people soon get the hang of it.

The clipless name may be a little misleading, but this comes from when they were invented in the 1980’s and largely replaced toeclips that many cyclists had been using previously.

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