The ten tricks that every cyclist absolutely must know to be a real cyclist


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Just as other life events require some experience, cycling also involves having a good dose of it. In many cases these are simple precautions, but if you are not informed and prepared you risk making a ride out on the pedals something awkward and sometimes dangerous.

18/02/2022 | 08:45

The ten tricks that every cyclist absolutely must know to be a real cyclist

Just as other life events require some experience, cycling also involves having a good dose of it. In many cases these are simple precautions, but if you are not informed and prepared you risk making a ride on the pedals something awkward and sometimes dangerous.

Here are 10 tricks to keep in mind if you are a novice cyclist, to better enjoy your next bike itineraries.

1. Clothing

In this sport the clothing is very light, in fact you will wear thin shorts made and designed with a padding that guarantees the correct grip on the saddle.

It is important to find the right position on the saddle: sitting further forward and on a wide saddle could cause more friction between the legs.

2. Drilling

Always carry a pump , tire levers and two spare hoses with you on every ride. In the event of a puncture, remove the wheel (if it is the rear one, leave it in the outer sprocket, this will help you understand where to insert the chain when putting the wheel back on).

Use the tire levers to remove one side and then pull out the tube. Pump air into the tubular to see if you can figure out where the hole is. This will allow you to check the tire about the object that caused the hole.

Locate the plug , piece of glass or whatever it is and remove it. Then check the rest of the tire. If you can't find anything in the tire and the tube has two holes that are very close together, it could be a so-called “ flat hole ”.

You need to inflate the new tube slightly and insert it into the tire. Reposition the outer bead of the tire ending up next to the valve. Now inflate the tire as hard as possible and refit the wheel.

3. Drive against the wind

Wind can be a cyclist's greatest enemy. If you are cycling in a group, stay close to the rider in front of you. If the wind is coming from the left, position the front wheel slightly to the right and vice versa. When cycling alone make use of any protection or shelter that a moat or wall can offer.

4. Pre-activity feeding

For tours of less than two hours it is not necessary to eat anything. Maybe bring a quick assimilation gel in case of days of low vein. For longer rides, bring an energy bar , dried fruit or whatever you like to eat and nibble after an hour and a half of pedaling.

Hydration obviously depends a lot on the climate, but it is useful to start sipping liquids already in the first five minutes of the outing. We suggest you drink 1 bottle of 500 ml of isotonic blend every 2 hours during training.

5. Exchange management

Nowadays bicycles can have up to 33 gears but even if they only had ten they could be best used to avoid excessive energy expenditure for the cyclist and to maintain a steady pace along the way.

Learning to manage the gearbox is essential for long distances.

6. Cleaning the bike

It takes 30 minutes a week to keep your bike at its best. Brakes, gears, handling will all be much smoother with a well-maintained bike.

You will reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle and feel it showing on your outings.

7. Free time

In this sport, practice is everything, you need to have consistency and time to use if you want to achieve concrete results.

Just discipline yourself and you will surely find time for pedaling.

8. Bend the elbows

If the arms are locked and stretched on the handlebars, all frame vibrations travel down the neck and shoulders. and in the long run they can cause ailments and pathologies.

Bending the elbows, in addition to preventing the above, also allows greater flexibility in the event of a collision.

9. Tackle climbing

Many people have a mental block when climbing. The main thing to know is that climbing involves a certain amount of effort for everyone.

So be prepared to deal with some pain, but also be aware that everyone else is suffering too. This makes everything much more tolerable.

Try to dominate the short and "violent" climbs by gritting your teeth. On longer climbs, however, it is important to find the right cadence.

10. Look ahead of you

20% of our balance is related to the optic nerves, this is very important for maintaining balance on the bike. In fact, going downhill, you would have much more stability if your gaze remained fixed forward.

The speed of the flowing road can actually make you dizzy. You must always look ahead. Even in a group, it is important to try to do this.

Your peripheral vision will take care of your surroundings and, by looking forward, you can dodge various obstacles. And also be more stable on the bike.

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