Ask Yourself These 12 Questions Before You Get into Cycling!
Your goals as a cyclist might probably shift with time. You might start with the idea of leading a healthy lifestyle or just a way to commute and get a bit more exercise or to get into long-distance cycling. It won’t be a surprise when you find yourself surrounded by lycra-clad men and women sipping on ‘cutting chai’ and debating over Shimano and SRAM groupsets. That’s when you realise, you belong here. And this is what you are made for!
But if you are after fitness, then the benefits of cycling are myriad.
Let’s ask a few questions to ourselves before we get into cycling?
1. Why am I riding?
Like we said before, figure out the reason why you want to start riding.
- Is it because you need to start leading a healthy lifestyle?
- Is it because you want to commute and avoid the peak traffic?
- Do you want to get into long distance cycling?
- Do you want to go cycling across India?
Whatever the reason might be, find it and then chase it. But with a plan.
2. What type of cycling should I buy?
Depending on what your goal is, choose a bicycle accordingly. If your purpose is fitness, a basic bicycle under INR 10000 should suffice your need. If you want to get into long-distance, consider looking at these bikes that are good enough to get you started.
3. How much should I spend on my bike?
The answer to this certainly varies from cyclist to cyclist. Your spending will depend on the type of riding you would want to do and how deep your pockets are. There’s a bike for everyone out there and for every purpose.
4. Does my body type affect what I can do on a bike?
Your physical make up plays a major role when it comes to your prowess as a cyclist. If you find it hard to put on weight, (muscle or fat), then you’re an ideal climber. (power-to-weight ratios are key and (thanks to gravity) less weight equals more speed).
If you are an endomorph, you would certainly want to take advantage of your speed. Sprinting and short time-trials are what you just be acing at.
5. Will a helmet save my life?
In a country like India, riding without a helmet is certainly not a good idea. Don’t take us wrong, we love our country as much as you do. It’s just the infrastructure here isn’t at its best for cars or even to walk, let alone cycling. Wearing a good helmet will surely protect your head from getting smashed. Besides, it will make you feel confident too. So ensure to get yourself a good helmet that’s certified and offers safety.
6. Where should I go cycling?
As you’re about to start off, begin with places that are safe and are often ridden by the cyclist. Riding on these roads will also give you a chance to meet other cyclists who you be your cycling buddy.
If you live in Mumbai, here are a few popular spots to go cycling.
If you live in Bangalore, these places are worth cycling …
7. How to go about buying a bicycling?
Make sure you do your research well. Get familiar with a few cycling terms before entering any store. Here are a few that you should know.
- Groupset: Collective noun for gears and brake
- Cassette: Rear gear
- Chainrings/chainset: Front gears
- Derailleur/mech: Mechanism that changes gear
- Deep sections: Wheels that have a deep rim
- Cadence: Pedalling speed (revs per minute).