How are your 2019 resolutions going? Are you still riding as much as you wanted to? Or did you want to get into cycling this year? Whether it's to improve your health & fitness, save the pennies on a gym membership or ridiculous parking fees - riding your bicycle out on the roads and lanes is one of the best decisions you will ever make!
Either way, if you are simply looking for some motivation to get out on your bike more this year, then you are in the right place! Here are our 10 top tips to help get you out riding more:
To get started in cycling you don’t have to behave like a road racer and spend over the odds on a top of the range bike and kit, and there are lots of guides out there to help get you started on what you do and don’t need.
This one is more of a personal preference, but for us here at See.Sense, we very much see cycling as a social activity that you can do with your friends. As colleagues and friends, we absolutely love heading out for a ride together after work or on the weekends.
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx.
Sometimes life or work (or both) can get in the way of your cycling and exercise routines and, if you can’t get out for your planned ride, it’s easy to just do nothing. Instead, why not try cycling a short distance that you would normally take the car for like a trip to the shops?
We know cycling has some amazing benefits to your health, it is easier on your joints compared to other sports and it can be as high or low impact as you like. We think it can only be a good thing to keep reminding yourself of why you made the decision to ride and the benefits it brings to your health. Check out our blog on what cycling does to your body and mind here.
From working in the cycle industry for so long, we have learned that cyclists really are a tight community who always come together, support each other and are always keen to share their advice about the activity they love - cycling. There are lots of forums and online groups that you can check out for more tips. This forum by CycleChat would be particularly helpful for beginners and the BikeRadar forumis really helpful for all road cyclists.
It doesn't have to be a race, it can simply be a desire to have a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps you target a distance that you want to be able to ride, or set a goal of riding to work around 2-3 times a week. Whatever it is, you’ll start to feel the benefits very soon after!
Make sure you reward yourself for riding! Cycling burns a lot of calories, and for most of us, that means we can indulge slightly more, as long as we don’t overdo it!
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days”.
There’s no doubt that you will enjoy the feeling of freedom that cycling brings. Make sure you don’t take it too seriously or be hard on yourself if you don’t meet your goals as fast as you wanted to!
Our final tip is to just keep pedalling! It never gets easier... you just get faster. You sometimes hear the advice that doing the same thing over and over doesn't make you better or fitter, but what it can do is get you into a routine.
So get out there and ride!