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From outside cycling seems simple: all you have to do is pedal, right? Actually… that's not exactly the case. Training on a bike (good!) requires a little commitment and attention: a phase that is often avoided or underestimated because, after all, it is the least fun part of the whole.
However, once understood how to train well on a bike, and done the first ride correctly, we are sure that you will be fascinated by the sense of freedom, adventure and joy commonly experienced on the bicycle.
Getting started is also easier than it looks. Let's find out together what you need to do for train on a bike!
Choose the right bike
Of course, you can't get started without having the right bicycle. Buy one that's specifically suited for the road, which is the most common and accessible form of cycling for beginners.
Just like choosing the perfect pair of running shoes, you first need to size your bike. We talked about it not too long ago but ... what better opportunity to ask the bike shop expert for the right customization on how to find the right bike size?
So, you need to choose a bike that fits your budget and riding style. Are you only going to walk a few kilometers on the weekend? Or do you want to use the bike for physical exercise? Are you planning to do long distance runs or not? The racing bike frames have specific geometries and components, tailored to each of these objectives, at every price range.
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Finding the perfect bike is only part of the journey you should take, given that you will also need to purchase other essential equipment, such as a helmet new (helmets also have a “durability”, so it's better to buy a new one instead of reusing the old one hanging in the garage). The new helmets also better meet safety standards - buy one that best fits your head, style and budget.
In addition to a good helmet, you can also buy a cycling kit that includes a jersey, padded shorts and bike socks, which will allow you to use definitely more aerodynamic and comfortable clothing for the bike than other sports clothing. In addition, the material from which the technical clothing is made eliminates sweat and helps regulate body temperature correctly. As if all of this wasn't enough to induce you to buy, remember that the tight fit with which this clothing is made can reduce chafing and improve your comfort even for long distances.
Find your driving style
As you spend more and more time in the saddle, you will learn more about yours personal driving style and your preferences. Maybe you like to go around non-competitively with a group, or maybe you prefer to go solo. Maybe you find yourself wanting to run, or just riding your bike to work every day. There are endless ways to ride a bike, and it just takes a little bit of trial and error to find your way.
Find a group to hang out with
There is something to be said about finding the internal motivation to cycle regularly, but sometimes a little positive pressure between friends will allow you to go further. On the other hand, cycling is both an individual sport and a group sport. And you can certainly ride a bike to reach your goals alone even if… riding in a group can make everything physically easier (due to the known benefits on wind resistance) and more motivating.
So, even if you are a more lonely type, we recommend that you look for some groups of cyclists in your city. These groups are usually associated with bicycle shops, and therefore you can also ask the staff of your reference shop for some additional information.
You will soon discover that cycling is a surprisingly social sport, and that weekly group jogging can give you the extra boost you need to get on the saddle even when you feel like motivation is lacking!
We hope that these brief ideas can be useful to you to break any delay, and start a good journey on two wheels!