Have you ever wondered how much money you can make from a bike rental service? You might not know it but a bike rental service could actually make you quite a bit of money. See people choose a bike rental service verses buying a bike because it’s a cheaper option. Now the first bit of advice I can give you though when creating your own bike rental service is to make sure you thoroughly research your location to ensure that there are cyclists or people interested in cycling in your area. You also want to make sure cycling can easily and safety be accomplished before opening up your own bike rental service. If you are ready to open up your own bike rental service, I suggest you continue to read my article then…
Bike Rental Service Pricing
Pricing is big step when it comes to opening your own bike rental service. If you have any bike rental service competition, make sure that you research their prices, options, features and addon benefits so that you can offer the same or even a better competitive price. You can practically allow your customers the ability to customize their price when it comes to running a bike rental service. For example, if the customer comes to your business to get the bike, it will cost less than you bringing them the bike but they might want you to bring it because it will be convenient to them. Charge for bringing bikes to your customers, picking them up, dates associated with weather (nice days means more riders), types of bikes you are renting out to them (carbon bikes costs more), the age of the customer (younger folks might have less safe handling experience) and insurance – yes put insurance on your bicycles, all of them and then charge your customers insurance plans – have a few options.
Bike Rental Service Rewards
Most common car rental services offer a rewards program. You can do this with your bike rental service! Offer a low cost entry or even a free entry bike rental service rewards program where you customers earn points for using your services, returning bikes on time, returning bikes in great conditions and so on and so on. A rewards system will allow your customers to save money through discounts, freebies and price rate drops while also encouraging your customers to spend more money at your bike rental service business – so it is a win/win situation for everyone involved.
Bike Rental Service Bicycles
In order to have a successful bike rental service, you are going to need to have great bicycles and a wide variety of different types. You need to have gender-specific, age-specific and even discipline-specific types of bikes. Road, mountain, hybrid, beach cruiser, recumbent, tandem and special need bikes are a few different types of bike to consider adding to your bike rental service. You need to buy good bikes too not cheap ones that are likely going to have a lot of maintenance issues. The more expensive bike you purchase, the more money you can make in the long run. Be sure to have knowledge or an employee with knowledge of bicycle repair and keep your rental bikes clean and well maintained at all times so that your customers will have a positive experience. Keep saddles in mind as well – not all customers are going to want a hard saddle that a lot of cyclists prefer, have some comfort saddle options laying around to ensure the customer is happy.
Bike Rental Service Business
To have a real bike rental service business, you need to have a real business to begin with. This means that you need to register the bike rental service as an actual business, get the required permits and approval and get insurance needed for your business. Research marketing, social media marketing, advertising and general business strategies so that you can learn what you need to learn in order to run a successful business. There are plenty of blogs online that will show you how to run a business at little or no cost what so ever, take advantage of them, now.
If you plan on starting your own bike rental service, I am happy for you and I would like to wish you the best of luck. If you follow this advice and develop yourself as a business professional, I think you will do just fine at managing your bike rental service. Thank you for taking the time to read my article on starting your own bike rental service. I hope this article has helped you. Please support me for writing this free article by sharing it with other cyclists and on social media websites.
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Could you imagine being able to make money cycling? Well it is very possible to make money cycling. In fact there are at least 15 different ways you can make money cycling. In this article, I will be covering 15 different ways that you can make money cycling. To be able to make money cycling would be a great benefit to you and every other cyclist out there because let’s face it, true cycling isn’t very cheap and we’d love to have more money for better components, gear and even new bikes so why not try to make money cycling after all?
#1 – Make Money Cycling with Rental Services
Rent your bicycles out to others willing to pay a rental fee. You can also rent gear out, bike trailers, bike racks and other cycling-related items.
#2 – Make Money Cycling with Bicycle Building
Build bicycles! You can build custom bicycles, unique novelty bicycles, bicycles for special needs folks and even bicycle components and frames.
#3 – Make Money Cycling with Bike Storage
You know how everyone and their brother is opening storage shed businesses? What about opening up a bicycle storage facility business?
#4 – Make Money Cycling with Bike Delivery
Deliver things by bike and make money through the fee and through tips. Deliver packages, food, newspapers and whatever else you can deliver.
#5 – Make Money Cycling with Bicycle Repair
Start your own bicycle repair shop and make money. I started my own in a portable shed in my backyard and I make a decent amount each year.
#6 – Make Money Cycling with Mobile Repair
Be the person that cyclists call when they are broke down on the road! Roadside bike repair would be quite unique and you could make some money doing it.
#7 – Make Money Cycling with Teaching
Teach others about cycling whether its bicycle repair, basic bike safety, and road bike safety for beginners, getting off training wheels as an adult and so on.
#8 – Make Money Cycling with Touring
Become a bicycle tour guide and make some money! You can do short day-only tours to longer bike tours that last multiple days.
#9 – Make Money Cycling with Classic Bikes
Go out and hunt for classic and vintage bicycles. Fix those bikes up and then resell them for a much higher but fair amount and make some great money.
#10 – Make Money Cycling with Junk Bikes
Buy every junk bike you can get your hands on and then start your own bicycle junkyard. Then you can sell parts and probably make your money back by selling one part for each bike you buy.
#11 – Make Money Cycling with Blogs
Start your own cycling blog! Connect with me, I will show you how! You can make money through advertising, reviews, and membership sites and so on.
#12 – Make Money Cycling with Entertainment
Move aside street musician, it’s time for the uni-cycling juggler to step up to the plate. Do something entertaining on a bike and ask for tips!
#13 – Make Money Cycling with Racing
Start participating in bike racing events. Get good and win, win and win some more. You can get paid for winning and get paid even more if you go professional cycling.
#14 – Make Money Cycling with Apparel
Make your own line of cycling apparel and make money with it. What are bike shorts missing these days? Find out what and start collecting that paycheck.
#15 – Make Money Cycling with Cycling
Make money cycling by riding your bike and saving money. Your bike doesn’t take expensive gas, tires are cheaper to fix and you’re doing something extremely healthy!
Thanks for reading my article about 15 ways you can make money cycling. I hope you enjoyed my tips! To further elaborate on these tips, the next 15 articles I post on this blog will be about each of the 15 ways to make money cycling but with even more detail. I want to help you earn money! But I need your support first! Support my blog by sharing this article with other bloggers and on your favorite social networking sites today!
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Do you ever hear about dogs chasing cyclists and wonder what you should do if it happens to you? Dogs chasing cyclists is nothing new and most cyclists experience at least once in their cycling careers and you probably have or will as well. But what happens when a dog does chase you? What do you do about it? In this article, I will show you what should be done when there are dogs chasing cyclists and how you can avoid getting bit in the process…
The Dangers of Dogs Chasing Cyclists
There are a few dangers with dogs chasing cyclists that you should know about. One of the biggest dangers with dogs chasing cyclists is getting bit. A dog can bite you and give you rabies if you don’t get it treated and then you simply die. A dog could even kill you if they attack you and overpower you – some dogs are big enough and a pack of dogs chasing cyclists can really do some damage. Dog chasing cyclists also pose road hazard threats – they might get in front of you causing you to hit them and then wreck and become injured and then if they come over and bite on you, you’re even in more trouble as you were just for wrecking into them. So knowing what to do when there are dogs chasing cyclists is very important. Dog owners are not always going to be responsible enough to keep their pets on a leash. If you do get hurt, make sure you sue the owners so other pet owners get the idea of what a leash law really is.
How to Repeal Dogs Chasing Cyclists
When it comes to dogs chasing cyclists, the best way to deal with the dogs is to repeal the dogs. You can do this by using various tactics. Try talking to the dog in a smooth voice first. You can “baby talk” them calling them “good dog” and whistling at them. A lot of dogs chasing cyclists are doing it because they want to play – but cyclists don’t know that most of the time. If the dog looks like it is a threat, as if it will attack you, scream at the dog. You can yell “NO!” or “BAD DOG!” or just “BAD” and it might discourage them from attacking you. If you think you can outrun the dog, then by all means kick up the speed on your bike and turn it into a race. You just need to make sure you are vigilantly watching the road for further obstacles while you are keeping an eye on the dog as well.
Using Weapons against Dogs Chasing Cyclists
Sometimes you have to straight up defend yourself against dogs chasing cyclists. To do this, you need to go on the defensive of brandishing a weapon and threatening or actually using it on the dog. If you are like me and love animals but still don’t want to get bit, you can use less-harmful weaponized methods. Your bike for example, get off your bike, pick it up and threaten to hit the dog with it occasionally swinging the bike near it – it might make the dog leave the area. Your water or sports drink also makes for a great weapon – squirt the dog in the face with it – they might stop to lick the contents off their body and it may also give the dog’s owner some extra cleaning chores for being the prick who let their dog run loose in the first place. If you have a CO2 pump, you might consider using it towards the dog as the sound might freak the dog out enough to make it flee the area.
Pepper Spraying Dogs Chasing Cyclists
Pepper spray is always an option but not always the best option. I avoid pepper spray for many reasons. The biggest reason is that pending the wind, they spray might go right into my face. Pepper spray in the face, on a bike with a vicious dog right next to you is bad, bad and bad. Another reason to avoid pepper spray is the fact that not all of it will work on animals. Bears for example will be completely unaffected from pepper spray – no, you have to buy bear spray for them! Keep that in mind, mountain bikers! So you pepper spraying the dog just might make it even madder at you. Lastly, if you spray a dog and then the dog’s owner’s kid plays with the dog, they might pet it in the affected area and then rub their eyes effectively pepper spraying themselves – I don’t want to see a kid with pepper spray in their eyes.
The Friendly Approach to Dogs Chasing Cyclists
Some of us are dog lovers. I am one myself. You might be one, too. Because I love dogs, I don’t ever want to hurt one but if it’s me or them, I guess I will protect me in the end. However, you can take a friendly approach with some dogs especially those that like to play more than those who like to bite at you. Buy some dog treats, like Milk-Bon treats. Carry the treats with you every time you ride and toss dogs a treat when they start to chase you. You might even stop the bike and toss the dog the treat and maybe be able to pet the dog if it appears that it will allow you to do so. Dogs can be your best friend especially when you give them treats and attention. You might just make a really good K9 friend while on your bike rides.
So my final suggestions when dealing with dogs chasing cyclists are to take a friendly approach first by giving the dog a treat or even just trying to out-ride the dog. However if the dog wants to hurt you and shows signs of that, you must do whatever you have to do to protect yourself. Thank you for reading my article about dogs chasing cyclists and what to do if it ever happens to you. I hope this article has helped you today. Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with other cyclists and by sharing it on social media websites as well.
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Have you ever wondered how you can improve your cycling balance? You might often have cycling balance troubles when riding your bicycle whether it’s something as simple as reaching for your water bottle with our wrecking or something a bit more such as riding your bike without placing your hands on the handlebars. Cycling balance might be difficult for a new rider and that is fairly normal, you can improve your cycling balance over time if you keep practicing at it.
Cycling Balance Practice
To improve your cycling balance, you need to improve your cycling skills. You need practice because it is like experts say, practice makes perfect. If you wish to improve your cycling balance, I suggest you follow the tips below:
Clipless Pedals – Sure, they look scary especially if you are new to riding but they keep you on your bike and that improves your cycling balance really well. Don’t feel bad though if you have a couple of 0 MPH wrecks because it happens to the best of us.
Go One-Handed – Practice improving your cycling balance by riding one-handed on your bike rides. You can put your hand back on your handlebars when you feel uneasy about it but try to practice this often until you start to get the hang of it more.
Handlebar Center – When wanting to look behind your bike to check for cars or other riders or whatever, you might feel you have poor cycling balance and you might even go off the road or path. Put your hands in the middle of the handlebars next time and you will see an improved cycling balance.
Grad Your Water Bottle – When riding, do the small things to help improve your cycling balance a little bit more. This would include something like pulling your water bottle out of its cage and taking a drink or even unwrapping your energy bar and eating it while you ride.
No Hands – Eventually as you improve your cycling balance, try to go no-handed when you are riding. You might only be able to do it for a few seconds at first but if you keep trying, you will get better at it and eventually be able to do it longer.
No Stopping – A common mountain bike trick to stay on the bike at stops is to stand up and slowly pedal back and forth to keep your bike moving little at a time so you don’t have to take your feet off the pedals. You can do this on a road bike as well to help develop better cycling balance.
Cycling Balance needs a Fitted Bike
In order to maintain proper cycling balance, you need to make sure you are riding a bike that actually fits you. Go to your local bike shop before actually purchasing a bike and get fitted on a bike there so that you know what sizing specs you need to know when purchasing a bicycle. If the bike is too small or even too big for you, then you will always have issues with cycling balance and be prone to preventable cycling injuries. A perfectly fitting bike saves the day when it comes to cycling balance.
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Mountain bike safety is a very important topic that you should consider before you go out and eat up the single-track. There are many tactics you can consider using when trying to increase your mountain bike safety. Remember though, mountain bike safety starts with you and you using your common sense when riding on the trails. If you don’t think you can do something that is dangerous, then don’t do it for right now. Work your way up to being able to do things with increased mountain bike safety in mind.
Mountain Bike Safety: Helmets and Padding
Any time you get on your mountain bike whether riding the single-track or riding around the blog, mountain bike safety always starts with wearing a helmet. If you don’t wear a helmet, you increase your chances of dying from mountain biking. Most people killed on a bicycle die from some form of head injury and they weren’t wearing a helmet when it happened. Increase mountain bike safety by going out and buying a decent helmet. You can usually go to most retail stores that sell bicycling products and get a decent helmet for a decent price that will give you a decent chance of survival due to a crash where your head impact is involved.
As far as pads go, this is really up to you. If you plan to ride on single-tracks that are highly technical or even downhill for the most part, you might consider extra padding. You can purchase knee pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads and other pads as well. Not a lot of riders worry about pads on the less technical single-track trails but wearing them will increase your mountain bike safety nonetheless. When wearing extra padding, be sure to pay attention to temperatures for the day you ride as that extra padding will make you hotter.
Mountain Bike Safety: Apparel
When it comes to apparel, you see a variety of different fashion statements concerning mountain bikers. Many mountain bikers wear lose mountain biking apparel while other wear compression-type apparel. It often recommend that you consider wearing spandex apparel when mountain biking. Spandex and compression apparel increases your mountain bike safety in many ways as it has health benefits in muscle recovery and tight clothing will not easily get snagged on trees, limbs and other debris that might be along your mountain bike trail.
Mountain Bike Safety: Energy
Be sure to keep your energy up when mountain biking. Mountain bike safety doesn’t just involve protection gear and clothing, you also need to make sure you are getting plenty of water and eating snacks that you give you fuel to finish your ride. Mountain biking usually takes a lot more energy than other cycling disciplines so it is very important for mountain bike safety to stay hydrated and fueled for your ride.
Lastly, if you are able to, always ride with a friend. If you get into trouble mountain biking, a friend can be there to help you. Thank you for reading my article on mountain bike safety. I hope this article has helped you increase your awareness of mountain bike safety. Please support me for writing this article by sharing it with other cyclists and especially on your favorite social media websites.
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Have you considered a winter cycling program for this upcoming winter season, yet? Considering a winter cycling program is very important because you shouldn’t have to lose everything you have worked hard for during the spring, summer and fall months. Winter doesn’t mean that you can quit cycling and take a couple months off because if you do that, you have to start all over again once it gets warmer. Stay in shape and prepared for the warm months ahead by choosing a great winter cycling program to keep you in top bicycling shape all year around.
Winter Cycling Program #1: Gym Membership
One winter cycling program option is getting a gym membership. Gym memberships usually cost under $50 each month and are usually open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Once a day, you can go spend an hour at the gym on a stationary bike and it would be all that you need for your winter cycling program. If you do go the gym route, be sure to use all the features of the stationary bike and have some intense cycling sessions a few nights a week. You don’t have to ride every day but if you plan to, make sure some of those days are easy riding days for active recovery.
Winter Cycling Program #2: Spinning Classes
Another great winter cycling program option is spinning classes. This is where you and others attend an instructor led class on stationary bikes following a specific program. A lot of spin classes will have high intensity bicycling workouts so you should be prepared to really do some strong cycling. But don’t let that scare you away if you are not quite to that level of fitness yet. You don’t have to work harder than you are able to and if you slow down or take a break, your spin class instructor will most likely understand. However, spinning with others tends to motivate you to ride harder so it might be more fun than you imagine it to be.
Winter Cycling Program #3: In-House Trainer
An in-house trainer is also an optional winter cycling program to consider. You can buy a decent in-house bike trainer for under $100. You basically connect your bike to the trainer and it works as a stationary bike where you can ride in inside your house, office or wherever you wish. Alternatively, you could also use an actual stationary exercise bike as well. I will mention that riding inside and alone is really boring and I often find myself losing interest in doing it and looking at it like it is more of a chore than anything else. How do you overcome this, though? I focus on high intensity workouts when training inside on my trainer and that is what I recommend you do too. Buy a good cycling training video and just ride and ride and ride and sweat and sweat and sweat. High intensity workouts by trainers can be extremely beneficial and really fun all at the same time.
Winter Cycling Program #4: Winter Riding
You can also stick to regular cycling as your winter cycling program. If you want to brave the cold temperatures and winter precipitation, you can keep riding outside on the roads, paths or trails. Dressing warm is something you want to do – face mask, full fingered gloves, cycling tights, arm warmers, leg warmers, cycling cap and other gear will be needed. You also need to consider extra attention on your safety especially when riding on the road with motor vehicles. If it is slick outside, it’s going to be harder for a skidding vehicle coming at you to come to a complete stop before running you over so keep safety in mind when riding outside in the winter.
Mix up your Winter Cycling Program
If you want to make your winter cycling program fun and random, try mixing up each winter cycling program. Maybe go to the gym 2 days a week and spin class 2 days a week. Exercise at home one day a week and ride outside 1-2 days a week. Mix it all up, it is better for fitness because your body and muscles are not getting used to one specific fitness routine. Have fun with your winter cycling program and feel free to be creative about it.
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Spandex benefits actually weigh in on a lot for you as a cyclist. You wouldn’t think much about spandex benefits if you are new to cycling other than most riders wear them, so it must be a cycling thing. To be culturally accepted now days, spandex should only be worn in cycling or in some other sporting venue but even in other sporting venues; there are still spandex benefits present. So if you are new to cycling and unsure about spandex benefits and unsure about squeezing into a spandex cycling kit, I am here to tell you what it’s all about and why we do it.
Spandex Benefits: Speed
Spandex bike shorts and jerseys and even skinsuits have an advantage when it comes to speed on a bicycle. The spandex benefits of speed are the compression. Compression means that the bike shorts, jersey or skinsuit is tightly fitted on your body so that there is no drag while you are riding. If you get going downhill with baggy clothes on, then those clothing articles flapping in the wind created by going downhill at a faster rate will only slow you down. If you are wearing spandex clothing, then there is no drag created by your articles of clothing.
Spandex Benefits: Recovery
There are spandex benefits in recovery, too! Experts in the sports medicine field claim that compression apparel like spandex bike shorts, jerseys and skinsuits will help your body encourage recovery from your fitness exercises and workouts! Basically, it is helping to heat up your body and assist with circulation for a healthy pumping of your blood. Muscle and body recovery is a big deal when it comes to spandex benefits that are being offered to you. Make sure that you wear the appropriate size, though. Spandex might seem like it can stretch really well but there is no “one size fits all” scenario with cycling apparel – you need to get the correct size otherwise you could cut off your circulation rather than improve it.
Spandex Benefits: Comfort
Have you ever felt the spandex benefits as far as comfort goes? Squeeze into a pair of proper fitting bike shorts that are constructed well. The pad or chamois built in will help prevent chaffing while you are riding, and it’s especially nice on longer rides. Just be sure to find a comfortable type of padded short because some riders prefer a very thin pad while other riders prefer a very thick pad. Also, the compression material in spandex itself is quite comfortable because it gives you that “second skin” feeling as if you are wearing nothing at all to begin with. Be sure to properly seek reviews on different spandex apparel though because cheaper brands will not have the best feeling as the other brands that usually cost a little bit more.
Spandex Benefits: Visibility
Spandex benefits visibility as well – wearing tight compression material while road biking for example will likely make others notice you. Spandex and biking apparel is not a part of the norm of how society dresses so it is often recognized right off the bat. This is good when riding on road with motor vehicle drivers because they are noticing you very quickly. They might laugh but you’re still alive and well and that should be worth their laughter more than anything else. A lot of biking apparel also comes in different bright colors. I recommend getting bright colors because you will be seen a lot quicker than a plain black or navy type color.
Spandex Benefits: Fitness
Fitness also can be integrated into spandex benefits. When I first started cycling, I weighed about 300 pounds and wore XL bike shorts. After a couple years of riding, I now wear small to medium sized bike shorts. When you lose enough weight to wear your spandex bike shorts are too big for you – that will do a number on fitness motivation. Here I was this overweight guy wearing XL shorts made out of stretchy tight material and then I lost weight to wear they were too big and had to drop down a few sizes. It made me feel really good about my fitness level and it made me feel pretty healthy, too. So watching yourself get skinnier and skinnier in spandex is a big deal because you can see all the results when wearing a compression outfit.
Spandex Benefits: Style
Sure, spandex may not be accepted by the norm as what is in style to wear but who cares what others think? If you wear bike shorts and a bike jersey and you ride out there in the sun collecting the miles on your bike – you are part of the norm already, the norm of healthy bicyclists doing better for not only themselves but the environment as well. And one thing when it comes to spandex benefits is the nice cycling tan you will get – yeah only in certain spots on your body but all the right spots to indicate you are a cyclist and you are proud of it!
I hope you enjoyed my article on spandex benefits and why we cyclists wear them. I hope this article has helped you decide whether or not to wear them or not. Please help support this blog by sharing this article with other cyclists and by sharing it on your favorite social media websites as well.
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Hip, Hip, Hooray! This marks the 100th blog post for the Cyclist Ville cycling blog. As a celebration, we wanted to recognize our 100th post by posting a 100 Cycling Tips article. Who can go wrong with 100 cycling tips? We hope you enjoy these 100 cycling tips and thank you so much for being a reader on Cyclist Ville for all 100 blog posts.
100 Cycling Tips – Beginners
#1 – Get you some decent padded bike shorts. Don’t wear underwear with them because it will defeat the purpose of them. I buy my bike shorts and other apparel from Aero Tech Designs.
#2 – Get you a good bike jersey. They’re made to keep you dry and sweat free and the three pockets built in to the back are great for carrying stuff.
#3 – Get some bike gloves. You are going to be hanging on to those handlebars for a while, so treat your hands with some protective bike-specific gloves.
#4 – Arm and leg warmers are also great items to have. Keep yourself warm during the cold months and be able to take them off easily if you get too warm.
#5 – Sunglasses are essential. The road is bright and anything that reflects the sun will probably reflect it into your eyes. Keep your eyes protected from the sun.
#6 – Wear a helmet. You can buy a cheap $20 helmet from a sporting goods store if you think your head is just worth $20 of protection or you can spend more.
#7 – Men, shave your legs. It is perfectly normal for an athlete to shave their legs especially to prevent hair from ripping like Velcro when you finally wreck that bike.
#8 – Get some good Clipless pedals and bike shoes. You will feel very stable on your bike and be able to do just about anything you want. Remember to unclip at stops, though.
#9 – Lighten your load. Don’t carry too much when you are riding because you will find yourself giving your rides way more effort than needed.
#10 – Carry a water bottle or two. Drink water constantly and stop and fill up when needed. Ditch the hydration backpack that is adding more weight to your ride.
#11 – Take a spare tube. Take another tube and even bring a patch kit. Bike tires can go flat fairly easily and you need to be able to change them rather than walk home.
#12 – Multi-tools are great to have. They beat having to carry around heavy separate tools with you that will only weigh you down on your rides.
#13 – Buy a mini-pump. If you need to change a flat tire, how do you plan on airing it up? With a portable mini-pump of course!
#14 – Brings snacks with you. When you are riding for over an hour, your body will require more fuel to burn into energy. Trail bars, beef jerky and snacks make for great fuel.
#15 – Watch out! Whether you are riding on the road or on the trail, you need to always pay close attention in front and around you at all times.
#16 – Get a bike that fits. If you do not, get a new set of knees, a new back and new joints because they will be going back eventually.
#17 – Learn basic repair. If you are stranded on the road or trail because of a repair issues and you don’t know what to do, then you will remain stranded.
#18 – Use your head. Just because you are riding on a bike doesn’t mean you always have the right away and even when you do, it doesn’t mean everyone around you will know it.
#19 – Buy some lights. Buy a good set of front and rear lights for your bike. Keep them on during the daylight riding hours because it’s one more thing for motorists to see before they run you down.
#20 – Sign up for rides! Now that you are starting your career in cycling, it is time to get social. Sign up for some local organized rides and network with some local cyclists.
100 Cycling Tips – Advanced
#21 – Clean that bike. Dirt might look good on your bike but it’s not doing any good one your bike. Keep your bike as brand new as it can be by keeping it clean.
#22 – Break out the lube. Keep your bicycle’s components lubed and greased where they require it. Your chain can last forever just so long as your keep it lubed correctly.
#23 – Check your brakes often. You don’t want to be riding fast down a hill only to need to hit the brakes and realize that there are no brakes. Keep an eye on those babies!
#24 – Start a bike toolkit. Even if you don’t plan to do any major repairs on your bike, I recommend starting a basic bike toolkit and consider buying this bicycle repair book as well.
#25 – Support your Local Bike Shops! If you have a few local bike shops in your area, support them and spend your money at their establishments.
#26 – Work on balancing yourself. Get on your bike and do some advanced riding, try to stand up and ride, go no handed and do extra activities while riding such as taking a drink of water. Get balanced!
#27 – You should know your gears. This is extremely important because gears will enable you to better climb hills, go faster and ride without being overwhelmed.
#28 – Bring it on, hills! Accept any hill as a challenge and work on beating that hill. You can walk your bike up them at first but you main goal is the crush them eventually.
#29 – Use a bike computer. Record all your rides and your ride stats so you have something to look back on and something to compare rides to for training purposes.
#30 – Eat right! If you eat like a pig when you are off your bike, it probably might affect your bike riding and fitness overall. Consider dieting correctly and watching what you consume.
#31 – Stay fit off the bike too. Work on fitness routines and exercising methods off the bike as well. Walk instead of driving, do Yoga each morning and go for a jog here and there.
#32 – Don’t get bored. Instead of riding the same route over and over again, don’t tire yourself out. Pick new routes to take so you have something new to see and new grounds to explore.
#33 – Increase your ride time. If you bike for 30 minutes each time you go out, that is some great fitness. You should be increasing it every now and then though for better fitness results.
#34 – Ride with others. Cycling is fun even when you are riding alone but riding with others is even better and kind of brings you back to childhood a little bit.
#35 – Do rest at times. Rest days are valuable to a cyclist so you should be taking them from time to time. You don’t have to ride every single day to be a better cyclist.
#36 – Don’t be afraid. When riding on the road with motor vehicles, try not to fear them. Instead of being afraid, be cautious and always try to have an escape plan for those “what if” moments.
#37 – Try a triathlon. What is more fun that biking? How about running? How about swimming? How about all three of them in one day?
#38 – Try racing. Even if you finish last on a bike race, you still get to brag that you have raced bicycles and that is a great feeling to have.
#39 – Rack up your miles. Try to increase your miles each ride and each week. It will feel great knowing that you rode 2,000 to 5,000 miles in an entire year after you count them all up.
#40 – Ride a century ride! I know riding 100 miles in one day sounds like a crazy idea but after you actually accomplish it, you are a full blown cyclist and no one can tell you otherwise.
100 Cycling Tips – Safety
#41 – Stay to the right (or left)! Pending on where you live, you need to stay as right (or left in some areas) as you can so others can get around you.
#42 – Use hand signals! Make sure others driving around you know which way you are planning on riding. Use hand signals to reinforce your directions.
#43 – Keep your ear open. Wear headphones by all means to help kill the boredom of a ride but keep your ear closest to traffic open in case you need to hear brake screeching or a horn.
#44 – Wear bright colors. Aero Tech Designs has bright colored bike shorts and jerseys that will help others see you in time to avoid hitting you with their cars.
#45 – Take it easy. Don’t get into a rush or become a speed demon especially when around motor vehicles because you might not consider some safety aspects while rushing it.
#46 – Ride in bike lanes. If there are bike lanes, bike paths, trails and greenways, consider taking them to avoid potential issues with drivers.
#47 – Stay off the sidewalks. If you over the age of 12 years old, then you need to start acting like it. Don’t ride on the sidewalks or through peoples’ property.
#48 – Ride with traffic not against traffic. You would rather be thrown forward away from a car after getting hit by it than thrown against the 4,000+ pound car, now wouldn’t you?
#49 – Know your road laws and obey them. Just because you are on a bike doesn’t mean that stops signs and traffic lights do not apply to you.
#50 – Let them pass. Let faster riders pass you on the road and on the trail. Let cars pass you even if that means pulling over for them. Avoid problems by letting people get around you, easily.
#51 – Carry a first aid kit with you. You can get small ones that will fit perfectly inside a seat bag and you might actually need it one day so keep it updated.
#52 – Carry a road ID with you on your rides. I suggest purchasing a Road ID for the best options. I wear mine everywhere I go on and off the bike.
#53 – Choose safer routes. Sure, it’s your right to ride almost anywhere you want but it is also your right to be smart and choose less congested routes and keep yourself safe on your bike.
#54 – Get a mirror for your bike. It is better to know what it behind you than to not know what is behind you. Invest a small amount and get a good bike mirror for your safety.
#55 – Get a video camera. Options like GoPro are becoming more popular for cycling and plus they allow you to have video evidence in case you ever need it.
#56 – Start seeing eye to eye. Before making a turn or continuing your riding at a stop sign, try to make eye contact with others around you so they know what you are doing.
#57 – Always wear a helmet. I don’t care if you plan on just riding a half mile to the local store, that half mile could result in a brain injury for you if you don’t wear your helmet.
#58 – Avoid riding at night. Sometimes this will not be possible but remember to take every safety precaution you can when riding at night.
#59 – Correct other cyclists. If you see a cyclist not considering their safety, approach them and kindly give them safety tips. You might save their life by doing so!
#60 – Stay hydrated! You should be drinking water and/or sports drinks every couple of minutes. Drink even when you are not thirsty so that you stay hydrated and healthy on your rides.
100 Cycling Tips – Advocacy
#61 – Ride your bike to save money. Think about all the gas you do not have to buy! No oil changes… No extreme wear and tear… No insurance or plate sticker prices…
#62 – Ride your bike to save the environment. Each and every time you ride your bike, you are decreasing your carbon footprint on the environment.
#63 – Ride your bike to stay healthy. Riding a bike is like walking three times the distance. You lose weight and stay in shape when you are a cyclist.
#64 – Attend cycling meetings. Attend local cycling get togethers, meetings, organized rides and local government meetings on cycling advocacy.
#65 – Take cycling surveys. Your local area might request public opinion and surveys on various local cycling related issues – be sure to participate with them.
#66 – Encourage local cycling programs in your area. Go to your local community council meetings, get with local residents and encourage more cycling programs to promote local biking.
#67 – Join a bike club. If there are bike clubs in your local area, support local cycling by joining them and being active in them. Wear their kits too if they are available.
#68 – Start a bike club. If there are no local or close bike clubs in your area, this would be the perfect time to start your own club and ride for charity and so on.
#69 – Start a charity bike ride. Whether it’s for breast cancer, a fallen fellow cyclist or for your local volunteer fire department, start an annual bike ride and get local cyclists involved.
#70 – Commute to work by bicycle. Start riding to work at normal work times and more people will grasp the idea of biking to work – start a biking to work revolution!
#71 – Encourage other people to start riding. Tell others about how much weight you lose riding. Tell them how stronger you are from riding and encourage them to start riding.
#72 – Bike ride with your kids! If you have children or younger family members, start riding bikes with them and encourage them to be safe while on the bike.
#73 – Do a bike rights paper drive. Print out and hand out pamphlets to locals informing them of the rights of bicyclists. Make sure you check with your local government first in case you need a permit.
#74 – Audit your community. Get out and ride every square inch of your local community and assess and audit the community giving it your own bicycle advocacy rating.
#75 – Start bicycling petitions. Petition your local government and elected leaders to add more bicycle-friendly activities in your community and get the community involved in signing it.
#76 – Start a bike tour group. Start giving tours in association with your local historian and tourism groups. History lessons on bicycles if you will!
#77 – Open up your own cycling business. Whether it’s a full blown bike shop or a bicycle repair business, bring some cycling business to your neighborhood.
#78 – Offer to write for the local paper. Contact your local newspaper service and offer to write weekly or monthly articles on cycling advocacy for the paper.
#79 – Join Bicycle Organizations! There are various cycling and bicycle advocacy organizations out there working to better cycling for all – consider being a part of them.
#80 – Write for us! Help promote cycling advocacy by helping to contribute to online cycling resources – submit articles on our blog to help us promote better growth in international bicycling awareness.
100 Cycling Tips – Online Resources
#81 – Bicycling Magazine: Enjoy news articles, reviews, apparel and bike guides, blogs and a great subscription to one of the most popular bicycling magazines around.
#82 – Velo News: Another great bicycling and pro cycling related magazine to subscribe to. Get the latest scoop on the latest professional cycling news.
#83 – Bike Tutor: Talk about a great developed community for bicycle repair enthusiasts. All riders can learn something new here even with all the great bike repair videos that are available.
#84 – Cycling Forums: Cycling forums is a very active online message forum dedicated to cycling. The forum even offers regional discussions for other countries.
#85 – Bike Forums: This is probably one of the first cycling message forums I joined. If you have cycling questions, this forum probably has all the answers to them.
#86 – Two Spoke: Another great cycling message forum with a really friendly and supporting cycling community all in one. I upgraded to a paid membership on this forum, I liked it so much.
#87 – SI Cycling: SI Cycling is geared for Southern Illinois cyclists but it allows cyclists from anywhere in the world as well. It’s my forum actually so please join to support my online efforts for cycling.
#88 – Strava: Strava is where all the cyclists and the professional cyclists go when they want a good system to measure their bike rides.
#89 – Map My Ride: This is another great free application that you can install on your smart phones to record your riding mileage, stats and more.
#90 – About Bicycling: About.com offers a wonder bicycling resource database of various cycling topics. I find using this site way better than using Wikipedia, even.
#91 – Crazy Guy on a Bike: If you want to see where everyone is riding, then you need to check out this site. You can even show the world where you are riding as well.
#92 – Fat Cyclist: This blogger is famous for biking and it was all started out because he was looking to get fit. Support this great advocate to bicycling by staying in touch with his content.
#93 – London Cyclist: Here is another great cycling advocate to follow especially for those of you who are living in the United Kingdom.
#94 – MTBR: Got mountain biking? I cannot leave our mountain bikers in the dark – so check out this wonderful mountain bike resource database for your entertainment.
#95 – Sheldon Brown: Mr. Sheldon Brown has set up a wonderful cycling-related website with links and resources on cycling and bike repair that makes for unlimited entertainment.
#96 – USA Cycling: Check out USA Cycling for the latest United States cycling news, find local clubs and teams in your area and help support cycling advocacy.
#97 – Tour de France: Check out one of the biggest, if not the biggest, professional cycling events on the face of this planet and support your favorite pro cyclists and the sport in general.
#98 – Adventure Cycling: If you are interesting in tourism specific to cycling or riding your bike in other countries, then I recommend checking this site out.
#99 – Price Point: This site always has some of the best deals on bicycles, frames, components, cycling gear and all sorts of products to make biking easier.
#100 – Aero Tech Designs: You shouldn’t have to pay $400 for a decent pair of bike shorts. ATD offers cycling apparel at a low cost and all USA made products are durable and very comfortable.
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Do you wish you could have a better cycling experience? Some of us will jump on our bike, ride all day and wish the ride could have been better, more entertaining and sometimes even less painful. If you are wishing for a better cycling experience after your rides – then there is something wrong going on here. You should be enjoying every bike ride that you take! So I wanted to write this article to share 5 secrets that most new bike riders don’t know about to make for a better cycling experience.
#1 – Clip in for a Better Cycling Experience
If you want a better cycling experience, I suggest you try clipping in! What is clipping in, you might ask? By clipping in, I simply mean getting “Clipless” pedals to replace generic pedals on your bike. These pedals require special bike shoes and cleats that allow you to secure your feet to the pedal. It sounds dangerous but they are just as easy to unclip from as they are to clip into. Being able to pedal as quickly as you want without slipping off the pedal will make for a better cycling experience, trust me!
#2 – Wear Bike Shorts for a Better Cycling Experience
Most newbie bike riders are wearing their Levi’s or a pair of basketball shorts on their bike rides, you might be doing this as well. Well, after the ride is done, you probably notice your butt hurts a little and probably more like a lot and for several days. Have you ever seen a cyclist wearing those tight spandex shorts? We are not doing it for a fashion statement, you know, they actually have several big purposes. Tight spandex material does two things – it help prevent drag from the wind making us more aerodynamic and it helps to increase circulation of our blood to mitigate muscle fatigue and lactic acid build up. Bike shorts are also made with materials to help wicker sweat off our body which is nice on hot days. And most importantly, bike shorts are made with a built-in pad or chamois that helps prevent chaffing and extreme bottom pain from riding a bike. Get you a decent pair of bike shorts, I get mine from Aero Tech Designs and they are really great!
#3 – Drink for a Better Cycling Experience
No, I don’t mean get drunk… I don’t even mean drink alcoholic beverages… I mean that you should hydrate properly when riding your bike and that my friend will give you a much better cycling experience. You should be drinking water and bring along some sports drink as well such as Gatorade as it will help replenish your system with electrolytes and salt that you have sweated out on your bike ride. You should be drinking a lot of water each hour that you are on your bike, a bottle or two even. Drink even when you are not thirsty because dehydration is a meanie that you don’t want to meet!
#4 – Get Social for a Better Cycling Experience
You want a better cycling experience? Then you need to become social within the cycling community! Riding alone may be great for working out and raising your fitness levels but it can get pretty boring when you only have yourself to talk to for several straight hours. So instead of talking to yourself, why not get out there and meet other cyclists? Find local riders and ride with them! Participate in local organized bike rides and competitions. Find a bike club and join it. Surf for online cycling message forums and become as active contributing member. Hang out at your local bike shop until they kick you out. Get out there and meet the other riders around you and have a better cycling experience.
#5 – Ride Your Bike for a Better Cycling Experience
RIDE! RIDE! And RIDE some more! Each time you ride your bike, you are going to have a better cycling experience because you are gaining more riding experience. You need to ride your bike to understand how everything works on your bike like the gears, brakes and the other components that allow you to move your bike in just about any direction you want to go. Riding your bike frequently will allow you to further fall in love with it and have a grand ole better cycling experience as the years go by. I started out riding my bike one day a month until after that first day of riding, then it grew and grew and now I try to ride every day that I can.
That’s it! Those are my top 5 secrets to having a better cycling experience. I hope you enjoyed reading about them and I hope you have learned something new after reading about them. Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with others and on social networking websites as well. You can also support me by donating to my blog’s web hosting and domain name registration costs. Follow this blog on Twitter for more tips and secrets on a better cycling experience during your bike rides.
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What do you do to make for a better cycling experience? If you were to add a sixth secret to this article, what secret would that be?
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