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  • Decide if you want to mountain bike or cycle on the road.

  • What is your cycling goal: casual rides on the weekend, exercise, or planning on eventually doing long-distance rides?

  • Mountain bikes are meant to ride off-road and are less suitable for long distances.

  • Road bikes are lightweight with skinny tires meant for riding longer distances at higher speeds.

Beginners

  • First you need to size your bike. Your local bike shop can help with this.

  • Pick a bike that fits your budget and riding style.

Get geared up

  • Most important a helmet.

  • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.

  • Lock (if you plan to leave the bike anywhere).

  • Bike lights.

  • Gloves.

  • Padded cycling shorts or longs for winter, a base layer, jersey and quality waterproof jacket.

  • Shoes

  • Track pump (for use at home), mini pump, puncture repair kit, tire levers, spare tubes and a multi-tool.

  • A water bottle or two.

  • You can also opt for a cycling computer to track mileage and navigating routes.

  • Starting cycling with standard flat pedals and athletic shoes.

  • Later you may want to transition to road bike shoes and clipless pedals.

Create a Habit

  • Your first few rides might be tough, your body is adjusting to the stress of a totally new activity.

  • Make riding a habit.

  • Don’t expect to magically become a morning person just because you have a new bike.

  • Start small and grow from there, don’t plan to ride 100km in the first few months.

  • Lay out your kit, fill your bottles, and pump up your tires ahead of time.

  • Preparation will prevent excuses.

  • Setting a long-term goal is a great way to stay engaged and track progress. You can aim to ride a certain number of days a week or look for a local charity ride, or create your own long-term mileage goal.

Ride safe

  • Wear your helmet

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public and social distance.

  • When riding alone, always carry a basic multi-tool, a form of identification, cash and your phone in case of an emergency.

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