You’ve just decided to take riding seriously and don’t know where to begin? Today, we’ll be showing you how to road bike training for beginners.
To get used to it, the first thing you have to do is to keep calm and, stay relaxed, and practise in low-traffic areas. There are 3 riding positions for you to practise.
Ride the hoods so your hands can reach the shifters and brakes (the hoods cover the brake levers). Your bike is suitable when:
- You’re able to look around freely.
- Your hands are relaxed.
- You can ride comfortably for a prolonged period of time.
Your arms and torso should form an almost vertical angle when viewed from the side. Make sure your chest is forward, your shoulders are broad and drop them a little bit.
C-shaped lower position
Sometimes your upper body needs to be lowered.
When going down, particularly steep and long inclines, your hands will often be in the drops. Angle your wrists and bend your torso forward from your hips to be ready to have access with the levers of the brakes with more leverage.
To give you more traction, slightly shift the weight of your body toward the rear of the bike for more traction.
Once you’re more comfortable riding, try this position. Cyclists mostly stand when climbing or when they want to stretch their legs and muscles.
The neutral position is the beginning of the standing position. Your bike might lurch a little as you stand up due to your weight being shifted forward naturally. To easily achieve this without swerving, keep your arms relaxed.
Make sure your hips remain still while slightly bending your torso forward.
Wear bright clothing or turn the lights on to make yourself visible to other drivers. Ride a little slower than you normally would.
- Debris and potholes
Concentrate on the road to avoid obstacles. If it’s unavoidable, use the standing position and relax your legs and arms. You will be carried over by momentum, don’t hit the brakes.
- Metal or Wet leaves
Brake to slow down, once the tires make contact, just coast. Don’t brake or pedal or else your wheels will slide out.
- Other cyclists
Some cyclists don’t know how to ride in tight groups of cyclists. In this case, lower your speed and let them know your direction by calling out or ringing your bell.
- Rail road tracks
To avoid falling into the grooves, make your path perpendicular to them. For rutted or raised tracks, coast over them and don’t brake.
- Motor vehicles
Always be aware of cars, whether they’re taking turns, entering or exiting driveways. If you feel like the car is going to take a turn but isn’t giving you any signal, expect it to turn. Wait and see carefully before proceeding.
Make a turn
An experienced cyclist will steer through corners by shifting the weight of their body towards where they’re turning. Keeping your buy upright will make you lose speed and traction.
To do this, relax so you can move around easily. Sometimes, you will have to turn your head absolutely to 1 side. Looking far ahead allows you to veer naturally.
Make sure there is no other road user, because you’re going to use the whole lane, but not the other, to make a wide arch when coasting around the corner. Position the pedal that is closer to the road’s outer side and the other is up to angle your bike.
Follow the rules: Stop and wait if the light turns red, always remember to signal which way you’re going to turn.
Turning left: Check to see if there is any oncoming traffic coming your way by looking over your left shoulder. Once you’re sure that it’s safe to turn, signal to other road users that you’re going to move over.
Don’t ride on sidewalks: Cycling on sidewalks can cause accidents to happen. If there is no other way than to ride on sidewalks, keep your speed low, from 6-8 mph. Riding slowly enables you to keep an eye on people or sight lines or any other obstacles you’re approaching.
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