There are simple things to help with day-to-day cycling activities. Here are ten simple things I have learned:
- Always keep a new tube of super glue in your saddle kit for quick repairs on cleats, seats, etc.
- Never Armor All your saddle. Lycra and a slick saddle do not mix.
- Keep your helmet strap loose. You don’t have to cinch it so tightly.
- Never ride within one hour of a heavy meal. Do and you’ll see why you shouldn’t.
- Make it a point to learn what you personally need in the way of water and food during a ride. The rule of thumb is drink every 10 and eat every 30 for a ride over 2 hours long. This will very depending on you and how hard you are riding.
- Use denture cleaning tabs on a molded water bottle, next day like new!
- At first, don’t dump large amounts of money on lighter things for your bike. Work on the engine.
- In group rides, watch and learn. . . then watch and learn. Shhhhhhhhh
- No matter how you broke it, don’t lie to your mechanic.
- Make a habit of understanding and knowing your bike tires’ PSI (for road condition, performance, etc.) and always check and maintain before a ride.
Have fun. Enjoy what made you fall in love with a bike when you were a kid. Don’t worry about your kit (clothes you wear) or if don’t have an expensive bike.