Cycling for Beginners by a Beginner

First Day I Bought Him!

I know how it looks. Why would I want to learn from someone just starting out? Maybe because I have perspective someone experienced doesn’t have. Often someone experience is going to tell you to want to be ended up working for them. I hear to share all I’ve learned along the way. Definitely look into some posts from experienced riders as well. We all start somewhere.

What’s it like?

For me, cycling is not only new but I had very little experience of a bike at all, to begin with. I had to figure out how to balance comfortably again. Learn what size frame worked for my height. These are important things to know to get started. I purchased a Dama Bianchi road bike frame size 44 and tires size 700x25c. As pictured above.

Types of Bikes

There are many types of bikes and I’m going to cover the most basic. Unicycles and tricycles won’t be included. Haha.

Road Bike – These are commonly seen coasting the road. They do not work well on dirt. Speed is not lacking. You will also see people competing with this style of bike. They have some skinny tires!

Mountain Bike – Wider tires and rough tread used for maneuvering rough outdoor trails and inclines. If you’re just looking to puts around town this probably isn’t the right bike for you.

Gravel Bike – A great in-between if you are wanting a bike to go on the road or light trail riding. Great for year-round use.

Electric Bike – I personally think this is “cheating”. Joking. This would probably be great for commuting around downtown in my opinion.

Cruisers – Stylish appearance and great cruising around as it says.

Terms to Know

Bonk

This term is used when you are completely fatigued and can’t go any farther.

Cadence

The number of revolutions per minute or rotational speed.

Crank

The arm connecting the pedal to the chainrings.

Chainring

This is what your chain sits on, the circular disc with metal teeth. Found nearest your front whee by your petals.

Cross chaining

If your chain is crossing your cassette incorrectly it will make a weird clicking noise. Avoid this by adjusting gear as it could cause an issue with the chain.

Cassette

The stacked or “pyramid-shaped” set of gears on the rear wheel. The chain moves through these gears to make riding easier or harder for the rider.

Stem

The part on a bicycle that connects the handlebars to the steerer tube.

Derailleur

This refers to the mechanism that moves your chain from gear to gear when shifting.

Fork

The part of you bike that holds your wheel. You don’t use it to eat.

PRESTA VS. SHRADER

These are the different types of valve stems to add air to your tire. You should know which you have before you pump air into the tire. If you have a road bike, you’ll likely have Presta. If air release when pressure is applied its Presta. Shrader valve is must easier to use. Remove the cap and add air from the pump. Boom. Done.

Saddle

Bike seat.

Spoke

These are the skinny metal rods in your wheels that connect your rim to the hub or center.

PSI

Pounds per square inch is important to know when filling your tires with air.

Pinch flat

When the tubing in the tire gets pinched between the tire and rim. Making a hole causing a flat. Double edging the rim can help you avoid a pinch flat.

Granny gear

Slang term. It’s referring to the lowest possible gear ratio. Great for steep climbs!

RPM

The abbreviation means revolutions per minute or the number of pedal strokes taken every minute you ride.

Watt

Refers to the unit of measure for power. The more oomph, the more wattage.

LBS

Local Bike Shop, get to know them. Support local.

Necessities

Although I linked from websites. I cannot stress enough how important it is to support your local bike shop.

Apps

Apple Health (workout) app is a great opinion is a great one for iPhone users. Tracking route, distance, HR, and time. This also includes running, walking, exercise, and more.

Strava App is a personal favorite of my husband and myself. Not only does it include everything Apple’s app does. It also includes mph, syncs to Apple Health app, and safety beacon. The Strava’s safety beacon allows you to share your live location with loved ones! How sweet is that?! You can also share/view photos from the rides.

*This is not a sponsored or affiliated post, just my own experience/opinions.*

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