Whether it's to improve your health & fitness, save the pennies on an expensive gym membership or for environmental reasons - riding your bicycle out on the roads is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Road biking has something for everyone, from long and challenging epic rides, short hill climbs with beautiful views (and rewarding downhills after) to the social spins with your friends or in a group. To get started in road cycling you don’t have to behave like a road racer and spend a fortune on a top of the range bike and kit, and there are lots of guides out there to help get you started. With the weather here in the UK starting to improve as we approach Spring, here are our top reasons on why you (if you don’t already) head out on the roads on your bike.
You’ll experience the FREEDOM of road cycling
Freedom - the meaning of the word can be understood in many different ways, but to us, the sensation of the wind in your hair and knowing that your two wheels can take you almost anywhere is what it’s all about. The starting venue for road cycling can begin right at your front door, and the destination - it’s up to you. This has to be one of our favourites thing about road cycling.
You’ll improve your health and feel happier
We ran a recent poll on our Twitter page ‘What do you love most about cycling?’ - And the top answer by many votes was because it makes you all feel much happier! Regular 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! This takes us onto our next point nicely…
You’ll feel amazing after every ride
It’s a (legal) high! There’s nothing like the buzz you get after a ride - long or short. Going to the gym just isn’t the same as building up some really rewarding miles on your bike.
You have every right to be on the road
Some people can be nervous about cycling on the road for the first time, or can actually be put off cycling because they don’t like the idea of riding their bike out in the traffic. But do remember that lots of cyclists do use the roads every day without any issues - and the more of us there are, the more normal it becomes. Our top pieces of advice would be to be aware of what’s around you, give yourself the space you need on the road (don’t cycle to close to the lines) and always try to help other road users see you by using your lights day AND night.
You’ll get (tonnes of) tips and advice from other roadies
Here at See.Sense, from working in the cycle industry for so long we have learned that cyclists really are a 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.
You’ll lose weight (and enjoy guilt-free snacks!)
There’s nothing like raiding your entire fridge after a long ride - and not feeling guilty about it at all! Lots of people who want to shift a few pounds think that heading out for a run is the best thing to do. Running does burn a lot of calories, but it isn’t the kindest on your joints! Rather than jogging to lose some weight, you should definitely start out on the bike - the saddle will take almost all of your weight and your legs will do all the work! Cycle regularly, and you’ll start to see the benefits of cycling weight-loss quite soon.
At the end of the day...
Cycling is the future. Aside from all of these amazing benefits to your health and happiness, here at See.Sense we have a really big vision for cycling.
We are on a mission to help break down the barriers that are stopping people from cycling. Using both our sensor technology and products that people love - we are working to help improve infrastructure and get more people on their bikes!