Riding a bicycle is one of life’s joys and an experience that reminds us of our childhood.  People of all ages enjoy cycling. It is a pastime that recruits new members all the time. People of all ages enjoy cycling. Whether it is to keep fit, to get to work quicker or cheaper, or just for the sheer love of it.

Get healthy!

Cycling is an extremely healthy option and as part of a healthy lifestyle will contribute to a healthier heart and help to keep you at a healthy weight. Cycling is truly the healthy option. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns it is advisable to see your GP to get the all clear before you start riding.

At Carry on Cycling, we have put together this handy beginner’s guide to cycling. This is to help you enjoy the experience and keep you on your bike!

Getting started
The next stage is to choose your steed. If you only intend to do short journeys, you can make do with a second hand bike, perhaps even a mountain bike to begin with. If you are investing in a bike with the intention of cycling for longer periods of time, the most popular option is to purchase a road bike or hybrid option. A specialist bike shop will be able to advise you on the best model for your needs, as well as the all-important helmet and protective clothing.

If you are new to cycling, or haven’t ridden for a while, it is advisable to give yourself a bit of a warm up. A taster session if you like. Find some space off road to get to grips with your bike and manoeuvres before you take on the road or more difficult routes with other road users.
How to keep motivated

The best way to make sure you stay motivated is to fit cycling in to your lifestyle, on an everyday basis. A great way to do this is to use your bike as your main mode of transportation. You can get to work and stay fit at the same time! It is also often cheaper and a good way to avoid delays incurred on public transport. If you have children, getting them on family bike rides is a brilliant way to make cycling fun and accessible.

Varying your route is a good way to keep it exciting and fresh. It is a good way to get to know your area better. Part of the joy of cycling is being able to take in the beautiful views along routes. Joining an existing bike ride can make cycling much more of a sociable option. You could even sign up for a sponsored bike ride to raise money for charity!

At energysolutionsconference.org, we love everything about getting on our bikes and taking to the road or a trail. The liberating experience of cycling in the fresh air is one not easily matched. If you prepare for your new pastime properly, you can be sure to enjoy yourself even more.