It’s National Bike Month and who wouldn’t want to hop on a bicycle and relive the days of their youth?
While biking is a great way to fit in your cardio during the summer months, there are some mistakes that beginner bikers should avoid before they get out on the open road.
Some of those mistakes include:
- Seat is too low – if you are experiencing pain in your knees while biking, then your seat may be too low. At the right seat height, your knee should be slightly bent at the bottom of your pedal stroke.
- Assume you need the “best gear” – you don’t need the best of the best to enjoy a bike ride for exercise. Start small and get the fancy gear as you ride more.
- Not maintaining your bike – just like your car needs a tune-up every so often, so does your bike. Routine maintenance will not only save you money at the bike shop but will prolong the life of your bike.
- Too much too soon – one of the biggest injuries on a bike comes from trying to go longer and faster than you should. Build up slowly, ease into it and give your body time to adjust to this new workout.
- Not bringing along a spare or patch kit – flat tires happen, more often than you think. Always be prepared for the inevitable!
- Not using your gears – gears are your best friends when you are tackling hills or when you are speeding along a long stretch. Practice makes perfect when it comes to figuring out when to shift.