Clear Water Outdoor Pedal On: How To Get Started With Outdoor Cycling
Posted By:Clear Water Outdoor Store
Posted On:Oct 4 2011 1:37AM

Basic information you should know before getting on a bike for the first time.

Now that we have officially entered the month of October, there are many subtle changes that are happening all around us. The leaves are beginning to fade from shades of bright green to crisp oranges and yellows, the weather is cooling off significantly from the brutally hot summer we had this past season, and the wonderful sights and smells of fall are slowly beginning to return to the outdoors.
Because of all of these elements, along with many more, it is easy to see why so many outdoor enthusiasts fall in love with the ambience of the autumn weather year after year.
One of the most popular outdoor activities during the fall season is cycling. While summer offers gorgeous views and multiple travel opportunities for those who love to bike, it can be exhausting and difficult to keep cycling through treacherous heat waves while staying both hydrated and active. Luckily, the fall season offers cyclists welcome cool breezes and an opportunity to explore the changing colors of the season up close and personal.
Whether you are thinking about giving cycling a try for the first time, or you are looking to expand your somewhat basic knowledge of biking on the trail this season, we have put together some beginner's knowledge that you should know before heading outdoors with your bike for the first time.
Choosing A Bike
Like with many sports, the success and enjoyment of your cycling activity depends largely on the type of bike that you choose. Before you head out to purchase your first cycling bike, it is important that you get fitted by a qualified professional. These professionals will not only check your saddle height and angles of your body to ensure that you have the most comfortable ride possible, but they will also help you to choose a bike that improves your riding efficiency and reduces your likelihood of developing an injury on the trail.
Building Up Stamina
If you have little to no experience with riding a bike, it may be wise to start off with an indoor cycling class which can help to build up your endurance and test out your capabilities before heading out onto the trail. Start off by riding for just 30 minutes to an hour several days a week, therefore giving your body time to adjust to your bike and focus on what works best for you. Once you have become more comfortable with the movements and the workout, you can move outside and begin to add hills and off-road riding into your cycling plan.
Keep Your Body Healthy And Happy
Whenever you are looking to cycle for a lengthy amount of time each day, or you are becoming familiar with a physical activity, it is important that you slowly work your way into the routine and take regular rest breaks to hydrate yourself and let your body recover. Stretching your muscles and joints during your rest breaks can also help to decrease your chances of developing a sprain or injury when riding and will help you keep going longer throughout your workout.
Cycling is a great way to build up your body strength and endurance, while also having the chance to explore the wonderful fall world around you. Be sure to follow these three steps if you are thinking of bike riding for the first time. Before you know it, you will find yourself making more and more excuses to soak up the autumn weather on your new cycling bike each and every day.
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