Beginner's cycling tips: 25 essential pieces of advice for new cyclists


Iif you've just started out on your great two-wheeled adventure, these beginner's cycling tips will help you get the most out of your riding. Think of BikeRadar as your riding buddy, who wants to help you enjoy your bike as much as possible. Below, we’ve covered kit, clothing, nutrition and technique, as well as the common pitfalls of getting into riding, but we haven't forgotten that the best thing about cycling is it’s fun.Whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker or city commuter, there’s bound to be something here for you (spoiler alert: the most important one is at the bottom).In the words of the great Eddy Merckx – the legendary Belgian ex-pro cyclist who won 11 Grand Tours, including five Tour de France victories: "Ride as much or as little, as long or as short, as you feel. But ride."

1. Padded cycling shorts

The best cycling shorts stop your backside from hurting so much.If you're asking yourself: should I wear underwear under padded cycling shorts? the answer's no. Massively padded perches won’t help you on longer rides, trust us on this.The only way to be comfortable in the saddle is to wear padded shorts, choose the best bike saddle, set the saddle height on your bike right and ride until you get used to your saddle.

2. Wear a cycling helmet

We know legislating helmets is massively contentious, but the best road bike helmets and best mountain bike helmets might save your life.It’s not hard nowadays to find one that’s comfy, light and affordable. And no, you don't have to buy the most expensive model, because they all conform to current safety standards.

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