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Beginners Tips for the New Generation of Cyclists

Beginners Tips for the New Generation of Cyclists

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For most of us, our love for all things cycling started at a young age. Someone somewhere inspired us to get on a bike and we've never stopped pedaling since. Now it's probably time to pass that passion down to a new generation and we've got some helpful tips. 

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The number one rule: Have fun!

Cycling should always be fun. When is cycling not fun? Um never, it's always fun. It's not scary, intimidating, or ...gasp...work! Cycling is something to be enjoyed, anyone can hop in a car and be driven from point A to point B, but there is so much more opportunity to enjoy the ride when you're on a bike. When introducing biking to a newbie, especially children, patience is key, and they should most definitely be having fun!

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Training wheels, yea or nay? 

We say yay! The great thing about training wheels is that they are removable. So even if your trainee is a cycling prodigy, at least you started out safety first. For the teenie tiny cycling beginners, there are " walkers" that are made without pedals so the young'un can comfortably "walk" their bike until they've got better motor skills. 

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Start in an area with little to no traffic.

An empty parking lot (clear of trash/debris), an empty trail or park is a great place to start off. Too much foot traffic is intimidating, teaching new cyclists in an area with automobile traffic should definitely be out of the question. 

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Find the right fit. 

No matter what age someone starts biking, the right fit is key. It makes all the difference in the world whether or not you can reach the pedals, or if your legs are dragging on the floor and your knees come up past the handlebars- all of which are a bad idea! A visit to your local bike shop and a quick chat with your local bike specialist will give you a much more accurate idea of what size is best for your newbie. 

 

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Safety gear!

Helmets are a must. In some states, it's required by law. You know what else is a must? Proper footwear for cycling. Closed toed sneakers are recommended. Make sure the shoelaces are tied and not too long. Knee pads and elbow pads are highly recommended. 


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