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BDB 100 | Tips on Getting Started Into Cycling

Are you looking for a fun and healthy way to stay active? Cycling can be a great option! Not only is it a low-impact exercise that’s easy on your joints, but it’s also a great way to explore the outdoors and get some fresh air. 

Tyler Schuster, Assistant Manager and fitness trainer, at Marvin Altman Fitness Center shares tips to help you get ready for the Big Dam Bridge 100 competition:

1. Get a Bike and Get it Professionally Fitted

Before you start cycling, it’s important to get the right bike for you. Spend some time with a professional bike fitter to ensure that the bike fits your body and helps you stay injury-free. A properly fitted bike will also make your rides more comfortable and enjoyable.

2. Wear Proper Clothing

When cycling, it’s important to wear the right clothing. Always wear a helmet to protect your head in case of a fall. Avoid baggy clothes that can get caught in the bike’s moving parts. Wear clothing with reflective elements to make yourself more visible to others on the road. Choose clothing that’s breathable and moisture-wicking to keep you comfortable on longer rides. Padded cycling shorts can also help prevent chafing and increase comfort, while gloves can provide grip and reduce vibration. Cycling shoes offer a secure connection to the pedals.

3.Get Out and Ride

Once you have the proper bike and clothing, it’s time to hit the road! Start by riding for 20 to 60 minutes, two to four times per week. Don’t focus on distance, but rather on duration. Start with a gentle pace and gradually increase your speed and distance over time.

4. Join a Cycling Group

If you’re looking for some extra motivation and support, consider joining a cycling group. This can be a great way to meet new people, learn from more experienced cyclists, and explore new routes.  

Check with your local bike shop to see if they have information on any cycling groups in your area.  

Cycling can be a fun and rewarding way to stay active and explore the outdoors. By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to a safe and enjoyable cycling experience. Happy riding!