Well, 2022 is almost over, and we can only hope that 2023 is going to be better. After a roller coaster year, we can only hope that the next 365 days will be a bit more “normal.”
One of the positive things about the pandemic is the massive uptick in cycling. Whether it means better infrastructure for longtime riders, or all those people that decided to jump on a bike for the first time ever, or in years, 2022 was a good year.
If you’ve caught the bug (not that one, the two-wheeled kind!) and are hungry for more next year, here’s a roundup of some of our beginner’s guides to riding. Getting more confident on the road or dirt should be a fun and exciting process, but the more you know, the better you’ll fare.
The beginner’s guide to every type of road bike
Bikes have come a long way since the days when a 10-speed was the only kind of road bike. If you’re looking for a bike, and you navigate over to a brand website, then click on ‘Road’ and suddenly you’re presented with a list of options. Vague words like ‘Performance,’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Endurance’ don’t do much to describe what kind of bike you’re looking at. These categories may mean slightly different things for different brands. Without getting too lost in the semantics, let’s break down the general characteristics of each of these road bike types to help you figure out which is best for your needs.
The beginner’s guide to every type of mountain bike
Maybe you want to try riding some of your local trails. So you’re in the market for a new mountain bike. Where do you start? Normally much of the preliminary research can be done online. You can browse what various brands have to offer and get an idea of what kind of money you’ll be looking to spend.
Tips for a cyclist just starting out
Now you’ve got yourself a bike. Great! Riding a bicycle can quickly become very addictive. One bike ride a week turns into two and then three. As things progress, you’ll find you have more things to figure out.
Whether you are commuting by bicycle nearly every day, signed up for a sportif or charity ride, or you are thinking you’d like to pin on race numbers in the near future, there are certain things you should start thinking about. The learning curve for cycling can feel steep so throughout the process of discovering the intricacies of the sport, it’s no surprise…