Cycling is a great sport that is easy and suitable for everyone. With that being said, these are 40 cycling and safety tips that can be used by all level of cycling, from beginners to intermediate level cyclist. This list will be updated as much as possible if there are any new tips that we can share.
1. During a ride down the hill or after a high slope, remember to keep your hands on the brakes, while pressing and releasing according to the speed at which you are going at, so you do not go too fast when going downhill which allows more control for your bike to make turns and stopping if needed.
2. When going at high speeds downhill, always keep your eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings at all times. When your velocity is increasing as you’re going downhill, even the smallest of pebbles and stones is enough to cause you an accident, so try to avoid anything on the road when going downhill if possible.
3. Before approaching uphill, set your gear to a lower gear which allows a decrease in resistance which allows you to cycle easier uphill. By doing so, you are able to easily conquer that terribly steep slope without having to get off your bike and push up the said slope.
4. During your ride downhill, prepare to set your gears to a high gear before you reach a flat road, as the increase of resistance will help maintain the momentum that you got from going downhill which allows you to cycle much easier and uses lesser amounts of energy to get you to start paddling again.
5. When going downhill or at all times during your rides, make sure to have a firm grip on your handles to allow you to be able to make turns that require fast reactions so you do not fall into a drain due to not being able to make a sharp turn.
6. When going uphill, a paddling tip for this is to try and paddle uphill using the front of your heel rather than the middle of your feet. This allows you to create more momentum from your legs and your hips and also allows you to input more energy into paddling uphill.
7. When approaching uphill and before starting your ascend, take a deep breath right before starting your climb. What this does is by inhaling and holding your breath as you ascend the hills, this allows you to put more energy into paddling, while also remembering to exhale when running out of breath to get back some stamina.
8. As you know, cycling is more of a leg focused sport, as most of the exercise will be done on your lower body, meaning from your waist to your feet. That’s why, when cycling, focus on using your legs while relaxing your body at the same time. Do not try to exert your strength as that would defeat the purpose of training your lower body.
9. The optimum height at which your seat must be for you to create momentum when riding is when your knees are straight when your heel is on the pedal at the six o’clock position. If your knees aren’t straight then you may need to increase the height a little more. Though this is just one way to find the best height for your seat, and it may not be the best method to find the perfect height for you. There are other ways you can do to find that height, as no one method is wrong, but no one method is perfect.
10. One way of increasing your knowledge on your bike gears is by going to different terrains and experiencing them for youself. Essentially, it is more about the feel of the gears that your bike gives rather than searching about it online, so testing it out for yourself is the best way to understand each gear’s usage when facing different terrains.
11. Before attempting long distances, make sure you are comfortable in riding shorter distances first, and from there slowly add distance little by little, by the end of the day you should be able to conquer the initial long distance that you have set for yourself. Doing this makes sure that you know where your limits are, before going too far and getting into unnecessary trouble.
12. There are a large varieties of bikes out there for you to choose from, ranging from mountain bikes to road bikes. So, when choosing a bike, it’s best to pick one that will suit your interest and needs, or if you are looking into multitasking with your bike, maybe consider a hybrid which can cover alot of areas.
13. There is such a thing as bike size, and depending on how tall you are, there will be a bike that corresponds to your height. It is extremely important to choose the best bike size for you, as the wrong bike size will make your rides uncomfortable and may even unable you to ride the bike all together. Most sites will list their bike sizes for you, or if you’re purchasing your bike from the store, make sure to test it first before making your purchase.
14. Those that are just starting out will definitely complain about the comfortability of the bike seat. But unfortunately, you’ll come across uncomfortable seats more often than not. Even so, you’ll eventually get comfortable after adding a few kilometers to your ride, as you will get used to your seat the more you ride on it.
15. If you’re afraid of going up steep slopes and hills, the best way to overcome them is to continuosly train on them. You may hate it at first due to how exhausting it will be, but the more you work on those hills, the easier they will get. And to make things more interesting for you, you can try to increase your gears to add resistance once youl’ve gotten comfortable on a low gear, so if will only get easier once you change back to a low gear when going on those hills.
16. When you catch that momentum that helps push you up those hills, suddenly stopping the bike will make you lose all that built up momentum, making it harder for you to start cycling back. That’s why no matter how hard it is, just keep pushing forward, as stopping will only make it harder.
1. Always keep a check on your tyre pressures to have a consistently optimum ride. Never overinflate your tyres as that would increase the impact of your tyre, which reduces your speed and comfortability. Tyres for road bikes generally require 80 to 130 psi, hybrid tyres 40 to 70 psi, and mountain bike tyres around 25 to 35 psi. Use a meter gauge that can allow you to see if your tyre pressure is good to go or not.
2. You never know when you might come across a flat tyre when riding, especially if you have ridden several kilometres away from your home. That’s why carrying an extra tyre tube with you on your ride is a great habit to have and can be a lifesaver on some occasions especially if a flat does happen.
3. This might be a hassle for some, but learn about the basics of bike maintenance. Bike maintenance can be very important, especially if you want to maintain your bike at its best quality for many years to come, but also if there happen to be any problems that may occur to your bike, you would know what that problem is and how to get it fixed by yourself without needing to get your bike to a bike shop.
4. During long rides, staying hydrated is very important. So, you definitely want to have water around when you take that short break after a certain distance. Stay consistent with how much you drink, without drinking too much or too little. And if needed, bring yourself an extra bottle just in case you run out of water.
5. Unless you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt, you want to make sure to have sunblock lotion applied on your skin when going on rides during hot weathers. Getting a little morning sun is fine, but if you are going to go on rides that may last for hours into the day, a little sunblock lotion may help keep does annoying sunburns away from your skin.
6. If you use one of those rechargeable headlights on your bike, chances are there have been one or two situations where the battery may have ran out. That’s why before going on rides, make sure to have all your bike lights charged up overnight to make sure that you go out on a ride with a completely charged headlight to keep you safe from dark lightless roads.
7. A piece of equipment tip for you is to wear a cap or a headscarf before putting on your safety helmet as, during rides, you tend to sweat a lot, especially under hot weather, so wearing a scarf that can absorb sweat will come in handy if you are constantly raining under that helmet. This is also more hygienic as your helmet does not get completely exposed to your sweat.
8. One important thing to do before going out on rides is to make sure to have emergency contact with you at all times. Accidents happening on rides is not an uncommon occurrence and when accidents happen, people need a way to be able to contact your family members or anyone close to you.
9. On that note, before heading out for your ride, make sure to have at least one person know where it is you’re heading to. Let them know your routes, which roads you’ll be taking and an estimated time of how long you’ll be out for. So if anything happens, at least someone would know where you went and how long you’ve been out for.
10. Your tyres can be vunerable to potholes and small stones when going on the road, as such trying to avoid them as much as possible would be best. Though it may not seem obvious at first, but after putting your wheels through enough stress, it will eventually puncture, and you’ll need to get it fixed to continue riding again.
11. When riding in groups, make sure that you understand every group members strengths and weaknesses, as doing so would make it easier to arrange them, and you would avoid leaving behind the weakest member of the group if they are unable to catch up with the rest of the group during a ride.
12. Get yourself shorts that have padding build in to it. The padding not only makes your long distance rides feel more comfortable, but it also reduces pressure points in your lower body, but also prevents chafing on the skin after a certain amount of time on the bike.
13. When going on the road or through a forest, there will be a lot of things that will get into your sight, like road dust or forest bugs for example. That’s why a good pair of cycling sunglasses can help protect you from those. These small distractions may feel unnoticeable when starting slow, but as you pick up speed, things like road dust and bugs will be hitting your face at equally, or even faster speeds.
14. When going on trails in forest areas, besides a helmet, you might also want to look into kneepads and gloves. These protective gears is what’s going to keep you safe from the dangers of nature, brushing against trees and rocks at high speed is seriously going to cause a scratch.
15. After a ride through a rainy day, there’s definitely going to be dirt and rain water all compiled up in your bike, and you don’t want anything to get stuck in your gears. That’s why its important to wash your bike regularly, as part of your bike maintenance. If left unattended, all that dirt and rain water will get dry and rust up your gears, so avoid that as much as you can if you want your gears to last for a long time.
16. You want to make sure that other people who use the road is able to see you when you’re cycling, as such make sure your wear something that is reflective or bright, so that when going on the road at night, cars will be able to spot you more easily with their headlights on.
17. Before starting a trail, make sure that you know the ins and outs of the trail, especially areas where there is a sharp turn of a slope that is very steep. Get a friend that knows the area if you are still not confident on doing it alone, as they can guide you through the terrain and have helpful tips that will make your ride easier.
18. Before going on rides, make sure to have some form of credentials on you, be it your I.D or your driving license, as if anything were to happen like an accident for example, it is important and allows the situation to flow more smoothly if people are able to identify you. Even then, you may get into trouble with law enforcements, and may require some sort of identification, hence, the tip.
19. Several tips above, i mentioned something about tyre punctures. Well, there is such a thing a puncture proof tyre. So if you want to avoid flat tyres completely, maybe consider getting yourself a puncture proof tyre to completely eliminate the fear of getting a puncture when going on rides.
20. Bike theft is a very common occurrence as people can just steal your bike and ride away with it before you even get to do anything about it. That’s why it is important to get yourself a good lock if you decide to leave your bike alone. Make sure to get something that cannot be broken easily, though it may be pricier, it is certainly better than getting your bike stolen. And if you use a combination lock, make sure to make the combination as hard as possible.
21. If you added any attachments to your bike, like a pouch or a light, make sure that it is tightly secured to your bike, because the last thing you want is dropping anything mid-ride and wondering where it has gotten to after finishing a ride. I know it has happened to me more than I like to admit.
22. Sometimes on the road vehicles have headlights that will block out the lights on your bike, as such having an additional light on your head makes it better for people to notice you. But also make sure that your light isn’t too bright that it decreases your vision instead of helping it, so go out there and test it out before going on your rides.
23. If you feel that your regular bike shorts fall off way too often during your rides, you may want to think about getting yourself a bib shorts instead. They are a good alternative to your regular shorts as they have straps that help keep your shorts up, so falling pants is one less problem you need to worry about.
24. The most important thing to remember when riding on the road is to consistently keep your eyes on the road. Anything can happen when you’re riding alongside other large vehicles, and having overconfidence will only lead to trouble. Make sure you know that cars are letting you pass, instead of speeding ahead of them with the thought that they will let you through just because you’re infront of them.