Cyclist novice: here are the top five tips for newbies

Cyclist novice: here are the top five tips for newbies

The first series of tips dedicated to beginners of the bicycle who are starting to train on the road ahead of the first triathlon.


Almost everyone is able to ride a bike, but riding in the race, in a group and in traffic on the road bike requires some specific skills in order not to put in danger their own safety and that of others. Let’s start with five basic steps to pedal safely. Soon, five more aspects will be addressed.
DEPARTURE AND STOP It seems trivial, but it is important to master the road bike pedals. Often the “quick” closures are not calibrated correctly (often too tight), but even with perfect adjustment it is essential to master the movement to quickly and safely hook the shoe to the pedal. For this, it is important to test the movement in the garage or in the driveway of the house, even leaning against the wall or a support. The same attention must be dedicated to the release: when it stops, it is important to do the way in fluency and with relative simplicity. During the exercise, to be performed in areas without traffic, it is important to understand the angle of release of the cleat.

More or less tight shoes? Better an instantaneous braking or a longer stroke of the brake lever to better measure the action of skates on the rim? The important thing is to find the adjustment that best suits personal needs, making the brakes adjust optimally by the mechanic, and above all to find the right balance between front and rear braking. Also try to slow down until you stop, unhooking the shoe and slightly inclining the side of the free foot before placing it on the ground.


Newbies often make the mistake of taking turns too quickly for their skills. To learn the correct angles of curvature, it is good practice to practice an empty parking, remembering to look at the exit point of the curve or where you want to go. When cornering, the weight goes to the outer foot keeping the leg almost extended.


Before tackling a long bike ride it is essential to have mastered some fundamental movements to perform recurring actions during the pedaling: you have to train to take the bottle and put it in its support, take a supplement from the pocket and discard it, remove a hand from the handlebars turning on the one hand, drive the bike without the hands on the handlebars. Once you have learned these gestures, you will ride on safer bikes. And also the training companions will be.


The ability to drive one’s bicycle in traffic is an essential skill. Surely it is the most dangerous situation in which a cyclist can be found: to avoid unpleasant incidents, it is good to try to always predict the moves of other vehicles (attention to the sudden opening of the doors of the parked cars!) And report the movements, remembering that, even in cases where the driver of the car is wrong, it is often the cyclist who comes out defeated.

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