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Getting started in cycling - 7 mistakes not to make

Getting started in cycling: 7 mistakes not to make

“Beginner’s mistake” .

The expression is so aptly named... When you start cycling, these errors can be numerous and particularly detrimental to your progress.

The #TEAMSTIMIUM experts have listed for you 7 mistakes to absolutely avoid if you are new to cycling.

Beginner cyclist: mistakes to avoid

Improperly adjust your saddle height

When you start cycling, it is natural to fear possible falls above all else. The temptation is therefore great to reassure yourself by positioning your saddle a little too low, so that you can place both feet better on the ground.

The problem is that, in this way, you cause underextension during your pedal stroke, thus losing efficiency.

Of course, raising the saddle is just as detrimental. The adjustment must therefore be as precise as possible.

Measure the distance between your bottom pedal and the top of your saddle: this is your seat height. This should correspond to 90% of the height of your crotch. In this way, your leg should be almost straight (very slightly bent) when you reach the bottom of your pedal turn, while still allowing you the opportunity to touch the ground with the tips of your feet when you are stationary.

Do not bring a repair kit

Not all of us are lucky enough to be constantly followed by a Mavic car. In the event of a puncture - and this happens more often than you think when you're starting out, it's better to have a repair kit, so you don't have to call a friend for help or, worse, walk home...

So always have, in your saddle bag:

  • 1 inner tube minimum (ideally 2)
  • Bicycle tire levers
  • Patches
  • A mini pump
  • A multi-function tool

Forgetting your supplies

Regardless of the length of your outing, never leave without taking a container of water. In the event of a long outing, check that you come across a place where you can refill it or slip a second one into a pocket.

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Wanting to do too much, too quickly

As in any sport, learn to know your level and your limits before embarking on excessive efforts.

This is particularly important when you are new to cycling: finding yourself exhausted several dozen kilometers from home because you have overestimated your level can very quickly put you off the discipline.

During your first workouts, do short loops, even if it means doing them several times per outing, to limit the return distance in the event of a problem or failure.

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Neglecting bike maintenance

Make it a habit to maintain your bike regularly, before and after your rides. This will guarantee optimal performance and extend the life of your precious frame.

Before going out, always check your tire pressure. If manufacturers always indicate an ideal pressure on the sidewall of the tire, this remains theoretical. Experiment with different pressure levels to find out which is best suited to your style and the surfaces you're used to riding on.

Do not neglect cleaning and lubricating the mechanical parts: chain, brakes, bearings, derailleur.

Always ride alone

Riding in a group (with friends or with members of a club) creates competition and allows you to benefit from the advice of more seasoned cyclists. Above all, it allows you to prepare for the race in a peloton.

“Group” cycling has its codes and protocols which help reduce the risk of collisions and therefore falls. If you are new to cycling, there is a risk that your riding will be unpredictable, causing accidents.

During your first group outings, stay at the back to observe the behavior of your fellow travelers. Don't hesitate to ask for help: there are no stupid questions!

Using your gears incorrectly

Your speeds are your most precious allies, whether it's to help you overcome a hill or to gain speed on a long stretch of flat ground.

Learn how to use it wisely to limit unnecessary pedal turns or, conversely, put strain on your muscles and joints.

Throughout the rides, detect your pace (revolutions per minute) preferably, based on your breathing and your feelings on the bike. At each change in terrain, look for the speed that allows you to maintain this pace, without putting yourself “in the red”.

This will seem a little tedious at first but will quickly become a natural reflex.

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