Top 10 things to know before you start cycling

I’m having an enormous amount of fun on my bicycle. It has provided great exercise for me over the last few months, and I love the Central Valley Velo bike club in Tracy, California. But even though cycling is a thrill a minute; let’s keep it real with a few important tips before you hit the open road this summer.

With a nod to David Letterman, please join me for today’s Top Ten Things You Should Know Before You Start Cycling:

  1. You’ll spend way more money on equipment than you promised your spouse you would.
  2. Learning how to unclip your shoe is more important than learning to clip it in.
  3. No matter how much padding you have in your shorts, your behind (and other body parts) will start to feel numb after 60 miles.
  4. Taking a one-handed photo with an iPhone is the most dangerous thing you can do.
  5. You’ll want to get your flat tires while climbing uphill, not flying down.
  6. Tight clothing is aerodynamic, but not necessarily flattering.
  7. Always take a perpendicular approach to railroad tracks.
  8. You have the same rights as cars on the road, but many drivers don’t know or appreciate that.
  9. Spraying water through an open car window is justifiable revenge for an insult to your manhood.
  10. Unless you are in the lead, you will always be staring at someone’s butt.

If you are a cyclist with an important tip for rookies, please share it in the comments below.  Happy riding!!

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3 Comments on “Top 10 things to know before you start cycling”

  1. Jenell Says:

    Most Importantly! Do not attempt to do more than your ability as a beginner or the FUN in cycling will no longer be fun! You can climb that hill later when you CAN climb it not walk it!

  2. Vanessa Marie Says:

    11. Ride with your mouth shut, bugs arent too bad but beetles need ketchup.
    12. Be sensitive to other’s religious backgrounds when climbing hills and the need to curse to get you to the top. Include a bar of soap in your wedge.
    13. Valley Rides have great sceneries including manure. Very Aromatic, clear your lungs if suffering from seasonal allergies.


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