Tips to help you conquer your fear of cycling

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During a long period of time, with the advancement of science and technology, various kinds of transportation make our life easier than before. When it comes to one of the most common and convenient outdoor ways, it’s apparent that riding bikes is your first choice, isn’t it? Cycling enjoys a name as a popular and healthy activity among people at different ages, however, some of you are afraid of it due to several reasons. Well, to be honest, this phenomenon is common but easy to deal with. Here are some tips for you to conquer your fear of cycling, and I suppose you’ll fall in love with it.

Riding benefits our health.
Before we talk about how to conquer the fears, here are some facts of cycling you’d better know. In comparison with other ways of exercising, such as running, jogging, and weight training, cycling is a low-impact exercise that doesn’t put too much pressure on the joints. That is to say, your exercise time will be longer, which will burn more calories. People who exercise regularly tend to work more effectively than those who prefer sedentary lifestyles. For one thing, riding after working helps you sweat off toxins as well as burn your calories, for another thing, it is a workable way to release your stress in your hustle and busy life, and you’ll have a better disposition towards any trouble. In the light of these benefits, why not have a try to make yourself healthier? That’s not so hard as you imagine.

What makes you fear cycling?
1.Fall down.

Being afraid of falling down from the bikes is pretty common and natural among new riders. Some beginners have a fear of getting hurt when they drop, while others are worried about being laughed which shows how weak they are in cycling. As a matter of fact, either way, once you have made a decision of riding, no matter what others make comments about you, you are your own brave hero. Thus, from mentality’s point of view, what you should bear in mind is hold your courage and perseverance in each cycling exercise. Here are some tips to offer you find some solutions.

a.Have a plan. Before you start, you’d better figure out what you’ll do if you do fall down from the bikes. Will you turn around and backtrack home? Will you finish the route alone and hope to catch back on? Or will you do your own ride from there? In order to ensure your safety, you’d better prepare a map or cycling GPS so that you won’t feel too much worried outside.

b.Conserve energy. As is known to us, cycling will consume plenty of energy. So if you don’t want to get dropped, take steps to conserve energy so you don’t blow yourself up. Sit in the pack. Stay as relaxed as possible. Take short, if any, pulls at the front. Avoid getting stuck out in the wind. All that will help you save enough energy and hang with the group.

c.Stay fueled. Remember to eat and drink. Getting a just a little dehydrated or vapory can mean the difference between staying with the pack or being spit off the back.

2.Traffic roads

In general, it’s reasonable that some cyclists are afraid of riding in traffics, as it can be dangerous in some cases. Perhaps the safest choice is to ride on the quietest roads with little traffic, however, such odd is pretty small. In effect, you’d better take some precautions.

Ride predictably. Do remember to follow the traffic rules when you cycle on the roads. Don’t weave in and out of parked cars. Hold a straight line as much as possible. Riding predictably will help keep you safe in the flow of traffic.

b.Make use of all your senses. Put it differently, when you ride in traffic roads, you’d better stay alerted with the surroundings around you. Tune into the sound of oncoming cars. Scan ahead for people who might pull out in front of you. Besides, one thing you should bear in mind at any time is to pull out your earphones.Because it will put you into danger for you can’t hear any oncoming sounds from the traffic.

3.Wet descent.

It’s understandable that riding on wet and slippery roads is easy to fall down and get painful. But there are some tips to help you maintain traction and stay relaxed.

Change your braking ratio. Your front brake is far more powerful than your rear. Pulling it too hard in a wet descent can make your front wheel wash out, which will send you to the pavement in a hurry. When it’s wet, you should go easy on the front and use more of the rear.”

Scrub speed. Unless you have disc brakes, it takes much longer to stop when your rims are wet. Keep your speed in check by gently squeezing your brakes. This is especially important through turns when you want to avoid braking in the turn itself as much as possible.

Use your weight. Keeping your weight squarely over your tires will help keep them on the road. If You want to keep your center of gravity as close to vertical over your tire’s contact point on the road as possible, then lean your bike, instead of your body, into turns and press all your weight on the outside pedal.

There is no denying that cycling is a both relaxing and challenging activity, although some people are afraid of it at the beginning. However, as long as each of you keeps confident and use some proper measurements to overcome those difficulties, throughout the period of cycling exercise, not only can you conquer your fears, but also become stronger and healthier. Have a try, relax and enjoy yourself in riding!