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Things we wish we knew when we started cycling

Eight top tips to make a cycling newcomer's life that little easier

Joe Robinson
5 Oct 2021

Over the past 18 months, road cycling has boomed across the world, not least here in the UK where more people are spending their weekends on their bike seemingly than ever.

And here at Cyclist, we absolutely love seeing newbies out riding their box-fresh bikes in their newly bought Lycra. But we are also acutely aware that being new to the world of road cycling can be quite daunting.

Starting off with the best intentions, it won’t be long until all the gear, nutrition, lingo, racing and all those unwritten rules begin to dominate your every living thought. It can be confusing and scary at times.

So if you are new to the world of road cycling, we have done some thinking and thought up eight big things we wish we had known when we had first started riding.

Eight things Cyclist wish it knew when it started cycling

  1. You will overdress and you will underdress 
  2. You need to practise clipping in and out
  3. You will run in to an elite, snobby few
  4. Never wear underwear under your bibs
  5. You will have to walk up a hill
  6. And you will get dropped…
  7. Make sure you always ride prepared
  8. Riding your bike should be about having fun

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