It is currently mid-March in Colorado and the weatherman is giving us more good days than not. I don’t know about you, but I’m itching to get back into a rhythm of riding. What that really means is I’m trying to build back up the confidence of being on a roll and feeling the comfort of routine.
Sorting out the kinks after a long winter can be a challenge, but don’t let it trip you up or keep you from being excited about blue skies and two wheels! Here are the tips I’m taking over the next week to be ready for spring and many of miles with my bike before the weather is picture perfect.
1.) Get your bike ready
This could be a full service tune up or simply pumping up the tires, lubing the chain and giving it a once over. Either way, get your bike ready for that next warm day!
2.) Get yourself ready
This weekend an action item on my to-do list is to sort out my bike clothing. This includes being ready for some not so perfect days, but knowing where my gloves, shoe covers and possibly rain jacket is. That way I’m not searching for my left glove 15 minutes before my group ride is supposed to leave!
3.) Short trips are better than no trips
If you need motivation, ride to the coffee shop or friends house. Your first rides back on the bike don’t need to be epic, they need to be easy and familiar.
4.) Motivate yourself
Maybe you need a new gadget for your bike, or maybe you need to outline your cycling goals. Either way, put a carrot in front of yourself and bring on the motivation!
5.) Do it
Seriously, just get on your bike. You’ll thank me later.
Photo credit: Jonathan Cohen
The first step in buying a new bike is to figure out what your goals are for biking. As a new cyclist this can be difficult since you might not know all the possibilities! You may be looking to bikes because a friend of yours is getting you hooked, or maybe you want to get your family riding and your trying to figure out where to start. Regardless of the reason, I’m excited to be apart of your journey of cycling!
Now, let’s take a step back and ask a very important question.
Where do you want to go on your bike?
Some ideas to prime your pump:
Do you want to go on long road rides with 5 of your best buddies?
Do you want to get to work easier?
Do you want to keep up with your 11 year old?
Do you want to explore the backwoods?
What are the pieces you can measure?
Most humans need to have the ability to measure and compare to rate success. It is why most Americans have scales in their bathrooms, because their jeans don’t have hash marks for measurement! Let’s now figure out something you can strive for that is measurable to define success of your biking goals.
Riding x days per month with your spouse or child
Miles or days ridden a week
Improving your average MPH
Wearing out your first chain/tires (under normal wear!)
Learning to bunny hop
Not getting dropped
Now, put it all together – what are your goals for biking?
“I want to go mountain biking and learn how to bunny hop.”
“I want to ride to work 2 times a week.”
Put in the comments!
Now, get ready to answer the next question in your bike buying research “What type of riding will you be doing?“