Most people understand that biking is a great way to get exercise, relieve stress, and even just get from one place to another. However, while many people know this, it’s a whole new thing to get out there on the road and start riding.
Here are 6 ways to get confident on the bike:
1. Ride Often
The more you ride, the more confident you’ll be. As you ride more and more, the number of new situations you encounter will become less and less and pretty soon you’ll be a natural.
2. Get a Bike that Fits
Riding a bike that is too small or too big for you won’t do anything to make biking fun. Get one that fits your body type and size and you’ll feel more comfortable riding.
3. Vary Your Riding
When you just start out riding, you might want to stick to bike-only trails or car-free zones. That’s a great way to start out, but don’t be afraid to ride in various places and circumstances like on the road, in the hills, or wherever you can take your two wheels.
4. Dress Comfortably
You don’t have to wear spandex every time you ride, but do dress comfortably. If you’re riding in stiff clothes, you won’t be able to ride very well and that can affect your confidence on your bike.
5. Ride With Someone
The best way to get started riding, especially if you haven’t really done it before is to do it with someone else who knows what to do. They can give you hands-on pointers and lead the way, pointing out any potential obstacles that might cause you to lose confidence.
6. Join a Biking Group
Biking groups are popping up all over the country as more and more people get interested in the benefits of cycling. These groups used to be for fast cyclists interested in riding fast and far, but this isn’t the case as much anymore. Look local to find a group that fits your experience level.
By doing these ideas, you can easily increase your confidence on the bike and fully experience the joy and happiness that comes from being on two wheels.