If you are a novice at riding an electric bike, or if you have friends around you who are novices, please take these suggestions into consideration as follows. (It would be nice if someone gave these suggestions to us when we first started cycling.)
We need to keep social distancing from each other due to the pandemic at present. Many people must stay at home in addition to the necessary traveling. Fortunately, bicycles are a great way of traveling with keeping proper distance and preventing further transmission of coronavirus. So, if you are ready to start cycling for the first time in your life, or you decide to own an electric bike and itch to have a ride, these suggestions can really help you.
Every cyclist you see on the street was once a novice, no matter they started riding a balanced bike when they were 3 years old, or riding a bike borrowed from a friend for adventure when they were 40 years old. Everybody will meet hundreds of problems in the first year of cycling. This is completely understandable. Because even people who have been riding a bicycle for ten years are also stuck with various problems from time to time.
We have no way to provide answers to all the questions in a limited space, so please try and understand more according to your own situation. The most important thing is just to ride your first step bravely.
1.Choose the right electric bike
Choosing a good electric bike is the first step, then twice as much can be accomplished with half the effort in the course of your riding. At the same time, a great bike will be friendly to your budget over the course of the year and bring more convenience to your daily life.
If you are not sure what kind of bikes you need, here is some simple advice for reference. Generally speaking, an endurable commuting bike is suitable for all novices and people who need a means of transport. If you want to ride in a hilly area or complicated terrains, you can choose the bike with puncture-resistant tires. Before your purchase, you can take a survey and choose an affordable and high-quality bike.
2. Adjust the bike to the most comfortable state for riding before your ride
It is a necessary step to take a adjustment before you start to ride. Even many professional riders who have been riding for decades are constantly fitting and adjusting their bikes. If you want to ride more comfortably and avoid injury, one of the most basic suggestions for most people is that the saddle height should be appropriate.
You need to find the best saddle height for you through this method: put your back foot on the pedal and turn to the lowest point. At this time, you can keep your legs straight. In this way, there is still room to bend your legs when you pedal. At the same time, the elbow joint also needs to be bent appropriately while you are riding.
3. Prepare some necessary equipment
When you are ready to have your first ride, it is a good idea to prepare and carry enough equipment, which will help you a lot if there's a problem in the course of the riding way. It is recommended that novices had better prepare the equipment from the beginning: helmet, bike lock (if you need to park the bike in a public place), gloves, cycling clothing, raincoat, cycling shoes, portable air pump and toolkit.
You definitely want to buy more, but the above is the most basic equipment you need. If you have a lot of things to carry, putting them into a back bag or bike pannier is a great way.
4. Practice some basic riding skills
Before your riding experience, learning some basic skills can make you feel more confident.
Remember some tips: Being always ready to brake on the way. You need to check if the brake of your bike works well every time before you have a ride.
When you get turning, please be sure to slow down before turning to save braking time. When you are approaching the ramp, keep pedaling to absorb as much kinetic energy as possible. At the same time, you can lift the butt away from the saddle from time to time to get rest and maintain a comfortable state.
5. Learn how to change tires
This is a common problem that every rider will meet a flat tire. And the occurring problem is always sudden with surprise on your way to somewhere. Most people are in blank and stuck.The best way is to make the problem nipped in the bud. Therefore, learning how to change tires is necessary and important. If you don’t know how to change tires, you can ask your local bike shop or friends for help, or learn from the Internet, and then practice at home until you can master it. Here is a guide for 9 common causes of flat tire and tip on how to fix a flat tire.
6. Make a plan for routes
The first riding is always excited and nervous, so you need to prepare more. As a novice, you had better do a plan for your riding routes. You can prepare a note and write down what you need to take and pay attention to. Then check the map to make sure the proper route and distance the next day. Finally, take a good sleep and break for the next day's riding travel.
If possible, you can ride a bike with your buddy for your first riding in case there occurs a problem you can not hold.
7. Join a cycling club
In the current situation, many cycling activities have been stopped. Although you can't local cycling information face to face, most cycling organizations have very active online communication groups or some other ways to share information online. You can choose one team you are interested to join.
A good cycling team will welcome new people to join and will help you when you have any problems, whether it is in terms of cycling technology, machinery, or routes.
8. Don't ride too much
Cycling is a sport that does not bear weight. It does not put a lot of stress on your joints, which is one of the many benefits of cycling. This results in that many people ride a lot when they take the first ride in their life.
However, no matter what you do, you will get tired quickly or hurt yourself if you do too much. Cycling is also like this. So just slow down your ride at the beginning and increase the exercise volume slowly day by day.
It is also necessary to ensure that there is enough rest time before and after your riding adventure.
9. Be confident on the road
Don't be discouraged by a lack of riding experience. When you are ready for everything, just ride up!
When you on the road, please pay attention to the road situations and notice the barriers such as sewer covers. Don't ride too quickly and keep a safe distance when other riders overtake.
Obey the bicycle traffic rules. Especially at intersections and roundabouts, try to pay more attention.
At last, here is an autumn riding guide provided by KBO Bike for you, hope you enjoy the Ebiking!