If you are new to cycling, or starting to ride again after a long break, set yourself up for success by going over these bicycling basics.
Nothing builds your ability to safely and confidently navigate the DFW area by bike like taking a course with BikeDFW. We offer classes for people of all ages and abilities, taught by League Certified Cycling Instructors who bicycle in the DFW area themselves. If you feel you are too busy to take a class, visit The League of American Bicyclists’, ride smart videos, for some excellent online education.
The beauty of bicycling is that it is simple, fun, and easy! A properly functioning bike and a little balance is all you need to get started. The following items can come in handy and can lead to an even better cycling experience.
Staying well hydrated while riding is always important. If you are not carrying a bag, you can get a water bottle cage that attaches to your bike, and keeps water within reach wherever you go. They are inexpensive and can be found at any local bike shop.
A portable pump that fits in your bag or attaches to your bike is very helpful in the case of a flat or slow leak. Riding on low tires is unpleasant, and potentially dangerous. Simple portable pumps are inexpensive and can be found at any local bike shop.
A properly fitted helmet helps protect your most vital organ in the case of a crash. A helmet is required by law for anyone under the age of 18 operating a bicycle, and is recommended for anyone on a bike. Helmets can be found at any local bike shop, and they can help with proper fitting.
All bikes must at least have a front light and a rear reflector, and for better visibility at night, consider bright lights on the front and back. Lights are another staple that can be found at your local bike shop.
There are many options when it comes to clothing, but particularly if you are riding at night, remember to wear brightly colored clothes, reflective if possible, and make yourself as visible as possible!