If you are new to commuting via bike then the chances are there will be a few small changes that could make a big difference to your riding.
Covering tips ranging from personal preparation to road habits and bike set-up, it’s rammed with helpful advice for anyone who’s new to cycling to work.
1. Under-inflated tyres
The numbers of riders that fail to keep their tyres up to pressure never ceases to amaze us. Low pressures not only increase your risk of punctures but steal your speed and leave your rims more vulnerable to damage too. Check the pressure of your tyres weekly to avoid running low. For reference, every tyre will have a recommend pressure range on its sidewall.
2. A dry chain
You’ll be able to hear this person a mile off, their crusty transmission making the sort of noise that pushes those with mechanical sympathy into a heartfelt cringe.
Not only will you be robbing yourself of some efficiency but you’ll also be dramatically increasing wear on the expensive transmission components of your bike.
To ensure your chain doesn’t run dry make sure you are applying a correct, cycle-specific chain lubricant regularly. For more information on chain maintenance, visit this article.
3. A failure to safety check
4. Crazy cadences
5. Incorrect saddle height
6. Poor preparation
7. A failure to ride defensively
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