A bicycle is a wheeled vehicle consisting of two large metal wheels connected by a frame (or “fork”), designed to be propelled either manually or using momentum obtained from the forward motion of its rider. The bicycles most commonly seen are used for recreation and transportation. Modern bicycles are generally built with lightweight alloy frames and high-strength steel forks. Cycling is a great way to get fit, have fun, and enjoy your outdoor lifestyle. Cycling requires a lot of stamina and endurance. There are many things you need to consider when cycling to be enjoyable and healthy. Here are 8 top cycling tips for the men to keep them safe on their next bike ride.
1. Change hand position periodically
If you’re riding along a regular route, change your grip at regular intervals so that one arm does not get more tired. As we cycle, our arms swing in front of us, and we may find this fatiguing, especially if we do not use a different technique. If you are riding uphill, move the handlebars further downslope; if downhill, take them higher up. You can also shift your weight more towards the back of the seat as the slope steepens. This helps distribute your load.
2. The width of the handlebar should equal shoulder width
The ideal position of a cyclist’s feet should be about hip-width apart. Most cyclists use handlebars that are slightly wider than they would like. This makes them feel less balanced on the bike because the wide bar doesn’t allow them to spread their weight evenly over both sides of the saddle. To improve your balance, try reducing the distance between your hands and forearms. Try making your handlebars narrower until your shoulders comfortably touch. When you feel ready, increase the space again.
3. Riding on straight lines
A very important consideration in bicycle design is how much steering input a given force produces. It should ideally produce only enough power to steer but no more. Steering forces vary widely depending on the road surface, weather conditions, and speed. For example, rough surfaces require greater effort to turn the handlebars than smooth ones. Also, the farther away the front tire gets from the centerline, the harder the steering becomes. The difference is subtle at low speeds, but it is quite noticeable at high speeds. Consequently, unless the rider is going fast out of control, he will always prefer a smaller angle of attack and tend to lean into turns. Even at lower speeds, the amount of force required to turn is proportional to the radius of curvature of the road. The same applies to hills: The steeper the incline, the stronger the steer.
4. Maintain shoulders behind the front wheel axle
Riding too close to the rear wheel axle means your body has too little clearance for sudden maneuvers. Conversely, riding too far behind the front wheel axle puts pressure on your hip joints and knees. In addition, the longer you sit over a flat pedal stroke, the more exhausted and stressed you put on your spine and hips.
5. Relax your grip
Doing so allows you to make smoother movements, maintaining stability during sharp turns and jumps. Another thing holding you back in the race is gripping the handlebars too tight. You gain confidence and become more comfortable in your surroundings by relaxing your muscles. Men’s bicycles are designed with women riders in mind. Therefore, they have larger grips (easier to hold) and better-positioned hand positions to keep you upright. Don’t worry; your size won’t change.
6. Choose a good seat height
Finding the right seat height depends on where you plan on placing it. Your seat needs to be just below the bottom bracket level to achieve a natural sitting posture. However, if you want to avoid getting a sore neck, you’ll need to raise your seat. Experiment to see what works best for you. Good seat height gives you better leverage and less fatigue. If your frame has a small top tube or seat tube, you may not be able to move your saddle up as high as possible without compromising other dimensions. On the other hand, if you’re tall enough to reach the maximum seat height, there’s nothing wrong with keeping your seat lower. Just make sure that it isn’t too low. Your seat post shouldn’t go past your knee when seated.
7. Keep your posture erect
When you lean forward to rest while cycling or climb a steep hill, you are putting additional load on the weak area around your pelvis. This can lead to muscle strain, which could cause injury or affect your performance. As with any exercise, it’s important to listen to your body. You might think you feel fine, but if your knees hurt, hips pain, etc., then stop immediately. Use common sense, and don’t overdo it. Make sure you are comfortable before starting an exercise routine.
8. Shift smoothly
As you shift gears, keep your elbows soft. A flinching motion causes extra wear to the drivetrain, derailleurs, and chain wheels. Keeping your arms straight reduces friction and helps prevent overheating your components.
In conclusion, these 8 tips will help you get started and stay safe to become a great bike racer and cyclist. Whether you’re racing competitively, exploring trails off-road, commuting, or enjoying the great outdoors, these tips will guide you.