Before getting out on the bike, it’s important to be prepared. These are simple steps you can follow while cycling to make your training better and easier.
- Getting a puncture
Forget about patches, there’s a much better solution. It’s much better if you bring two spare tubes, a tyre lever and a pump. As soon as you notice a puncture, stop and take off your wheel. Pull out the tube of one side of the punctured tyre by using tyre lever. Pump the tube to locate the puncture and remove any objects lodged in it. Inflate the new tube, fit it into the tyre and reseal. Pump up your tyre, refit your wheel and be on your way!
- Bend your elbows
Bending your elbows is so important to prevent injury and pain. Having your arms straight and locked lets the vibrations from the bars to go up to your shoulders and neck. This can cause back pain. While it may feel odd at first, it will make you feel better overall.
- Saddle Position
Saddles should be pointing straight, not up or down. If you feel like you need your saddle to point down, you probably have to lower it. If you need to point it up, you may need to heighten it. Having a perfectly positioned saddle will allow you to ride for much longer.
By sliding forward or backward on the saddle, you can exercise different muscle groups. You can rest different muscles on long rides. Moving back emphasises the hamstrings and glutes and moving forward accentuates the quadriceps.
- Cycling in the Rain
Always be weary during the first 10 minutes of a rainstorm. This is the most dangerous time for cyclists as oil, that hasn’t washed away yet, will make the road slippery. BE CAREFUL as painted road lines and steel surfaces will always be slippery.
Decent padded shorts can prevent your backside hurting after a long ride. Padded saddles won’t do the trick on long rides.