10 Tips for Beginners Women Road Cyclists

Buy the right size road bike:

Road bikes are an expensive affair. And you don’t want to land up buying the wrong one. Instead of prioritising the colour, look for the right frame size. There are women-specific road bikes that come with women-specific components. While not every woman might require a women-specific road bike, make sure you get the right frame size.

Get a good pair of cycling bib shorts:

cycling shorts for girls

Learn to swap an inner tube:

Before setting off, learn the art of swapping a bicycle tube. It saves time and gets you back on the bicycle in no time. Later, you can get the punctured tube repaired by a mechanic and carry it as a replacement tube in case the current one goes flat again or whenever.

Learn to use the gears correctly:

Using the right gear at the right time is the key to enjoying road cycling. Get used to maintaining a high cadence. Sync your breathing and pedalling, this makes riding long-distance a bit easier. Avoid grinding the large gears it’s a common mistake beginner cyclists usually commit that leads to knee pain or tire out too soon.

Shift into an easier gear in time:

While cycling, there might be a need to come to a stop. Whether at

Pay attention to your position:

When you set out riding, ensure to learn to relax and ride. You don’t want to be holding the handle too tight, you also don’t want to sit in your saddle while you go over a pothole. The idea is to relax and learn to understand your bicycle and how he/she behaves on corners, gravel, wet roads, flat roads, inclines and declines.

Always wear a helmet:

safety gear

Get cleats:

For starters, cycling with normal shoes with a flat sole is fine. However, later when you get the hang of it, make it a point to move on to cleats. You will surely love it. And if you do get them, ensure to spend some time practising cleating and uncleating in a safe space.

Find a cycling friend/ Cycling Group:

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Join sträva:

It’s always a good idea to keep track of your rides. So download Strava and log in your miles. Join challenges and elevate your love for cycling.

Recover well:

If you want to fall in love with this sport, ease into cycling. Start by doing short distances and then gradually increase the distance and duration. After every ride, learn to understand what your body demands. Ensure to get good rest between your rides. This way your muscles will fully recover allowing you to enjoy your next ride.

Share your cycling adventures:

Cycling and cycling photos go hand in hand. If you are cycling to a new place, do make it a point to take a few pictures and tag us on Instagram @velcrushindia.

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