Cycling is one of life’s liberating experience, that can invigorate people of any age. One doesn’t have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy this very active pass time.
Whether cycling recreationally or to work, bicycles are an easy way to stay more active. It is easy to get started with cycling, although a few pieces of information and advice can be inspirational in terms of sticking to a new cycle friendly lifestyle.
Regular cycling has been found in many studies to lessen risk of illness. Stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are among some of the conditions that can be helped if not completely prevented by active cycling. This is thought to be because of cycling’s ability to increase circulation, therefore reducing weight, and increasing endorphins, which leads to an overall mood boost.
Cycling should be a fun and effective way to stay fit and travel conveniently. We can all save a few dollars at the gas pump by substituting a few short trips with a bike ride. However, if pre-existing health concerns are a concern, it is best to check with a doctor regarding possible distance limitations. An existing heart problem, for example, may make travelling in high heats over long distances unadvisable. The very basic rules of the road are:
• Start cycling in a safe environment
• Make sure you seen at night and during the day (especially in high traffic)
• Wear a helmet
• Get repairs on broken bike parts
• Pay attention to the road
• Always heed the rules of the road
Keep it Casual but Safe
Most are safe taking short journeys. Starting off, it isn’t necessary to get an expensive bicycle. After cycling ability has increased, it is o.k. to look into getting a bike that fits a certain criteria. A special type of cycling jersey in Malaysia is available for cyclers who are interested in biking after work in the night time. One may find that they are wanting to do off-terrain biking or join a cycling group that travels long distances at high speeds. Although these are nice ideals to aim for, they shouldn’t necessarily be thought of as mandatory for a beginner cyclist. It will also be good to get cycling accessories like a cycling jersey in case you will not want to wear normal clothing while biking.
This isn’t to say that equipment doesn’t matter! Buying a second-hand bike requires some caution. One must check the brakes, chains, and other specialty attachments that are necessary for smooth operation of the bike. If parts of the bike seem faulty, or liable to break, consider having it serviced at a bike shop that knows how to fix up older bikes. Even bikes that have been bought new can still require maintenance after a certain period of use. After six months it may be advisable to get bikes checked out just for safety’s sake.
New Bike Purchase
New bikes also require some diligence. It can feel as if there are many models on the market. Hybrids, mountain bikes, and road bikes are examples of popular bike types that are good for any level of cyclist. For those wanting to buy from a specialist bike shop, it will be important to communicate budget and the type of cycling that will be done. Some of the smaller bike shops can be a bit pricey, and some only sell a particular type of bike. Sometimes it is best to call ahead to confirm that the type of bike you are looking for is located in a specific shop.