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After Addiction: Road Cycling Tips for Beginners

A man cycles along an asphalt road.
Cycling can expand your horizons and give you a new look at the world.

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You don’t even realize it’s happening at the time, but addiction has a way of shrinking your world.

Before you know it, the only thing that really matters is drugs or alcohol—and life begins to revolve around that substance.

Cycling is one of the tools you can use to get your life back. It literally gets you out into the world, releases your body’s own feel-good chemicals and gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Plus, it’s fun.

How to Start Cycling

The number one rule is to protect your head. Get a helmet and make sure it fits properly.

If you already have a bike, make sure the tires and brakes are in good shape. If you’re covering any distance at all, it’s also a good idea to learn basic bike repair skills and carry the tools you’ll need in your saddlebag, including:

  • A multi-tool that has wrenches, a chain splitter and a screwdriver.
  • At least one back-up inner tube and a puncture repair kit, plus a tire lever to remove the tire in the event of a flat.
  • Either a CO2 cartridge or a small pump, which can be mounted to your frame if it doesn’t fit in your bag.

If you’re buying a new bike, consider making your purchase at your local bike shop, where you can be properly fitted for both a bike and helmet.

Once you’re on the road, experts recommend not pedaling in a high gear for extended periods of time, which puts extra stress on the knees. The same goes for pedaling uphill.

Lastly, bike shorts exist for a reason, actually three reasons: They provide extra padding, wick away moisture and prevent chaffing.

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