Whether you’re a beginner or a very experienced cyclist, we all make mistakes. Sometimes, we adopt habits, without knowing they will hold us back in the future. Here are a few of the most common cycling mistakes to avoid.
Incorrect Saddle Height
Make sure that you adjust the saddle first and then the handlebars. Aside from soft tires, saddle height is one of the main reasons you are inefficient as a rider, as a saddle placed too high or low means that the power from your legs won’t be delivered properly. For beginners, the difference between the seat and handlebars can be one to two centimeters. Once you get used to this position after a few trips, you can move the handlebars down a bit.
Braking In Corners
This error is very common, especially among new cyclists. Breaking right at the corner, rather than before you reach it, can result in the boke locking up and you losing control and crashing.
No Spares or Tools
Every time you head for a ride, you must double-check you have packed all the essential spares and tools that could get you home should you have a problem. Those include tire levers, patches, mini pump, multi-tool, and two inner tubes.