A Beginners Guide to Loving the Bike

“Be confident on your bike and ‘own the road’.  Hiding in the gutter is much more dangerous than making yourself visible to all the other traffic.  Use bright reflective clothing and a good confident road position to stay safe.” – @steviedexter

 “Don’t feel like you have to spend money on expensive clothes and gear.  Just wear what you are comfortable in.” – @naptowncycle

“Find a local cycling group that likes to develop riders and not into riding like they’re competing in the Tour de France.  It’s so much more fun to ride with people who have the same interest level as you. They will help you and you will love it!” - Jeff Wolach

“Don’t worry about all the fancy technology stuff right away.  Have fun learning to pedal, then add the technology after you already enjoy cycling.” - Twenty-niner Chick

“Just ride at your own pace, enjoy the freedom, sights, smells and people you encounter.  The rest will follow.” - Synthea Devery

Okay, it is easily apparent that the list can go on and on.  But let me give you one last nugget to start off your Loving the Bike journey.  Find out what part of cycling speaks best to you, and go for it.  Whether it’s riding along the beach on your cruiser, going off-road on your mountain bike, speeding along on a road bike, or just riding around your neighborhood…..get on your bike and ride.

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Beginner’s Guide to Loving the Bike image c/o Scott Thigpen

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  • http://twitter.com/trimon29 Eric Hutchins

    Excellent advice. (as always)

  • Rusty Meyners

    Heard this ADD joke once and wondered ever since if it was PC to retell it…

    … Hey! Let’s go Ride Bikes!!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Rusty….yes, let’s go ride bikes.

  • Sammy

    Okay now I’m ready to go ride my bike.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Great to hear it, Sammy.

  • Rusty Meyners

    If a cheap $88 Huffy from Wal-Mart is what you can afford, then go for it. You can get a better one later, when you know what you really want and then you’ll have a backup, guest or give-away bike to get someone else started.

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    Great article! I really like what so many of the people above have to say. I especially love Tee King’s line “Ride for the riding, not for the getting there.”
    I love the feeling being on the bike gives me…I love riding with my family, and having bike dates with my hubby. I love that when you’re on your bike, it’s really about the journey, not the destination.
    Oh, and I love your last line….”just get on your bike and ride.”

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks for being my consistent fan and follower. You’re the greatest cyclists wife a guy could ever have.

  • Eric

    I agree that new cyclists just need to get on a bike and enjoy the freedom. There is no need to concentrate too much on things and just enjoy being out on a bike. Get a taste for it and develop the love for riding a bike and then the other details can come later

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Great advice, Eric. Thanks for your comment.

  • B. King

    This is a good collection of information. I particularly liked the response from @AarontheStrong and Tee King. Darryl, I enjoy reading your reasons for riding a bike as well

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks B…..I liked Aaron’s and all the responses we put up today. I appreciate you leaving your comment.

  • Tina

    I am new to cycling and your website has helped me greatly. I have been meaning to contact you to let you know this but after seeing this article today I knew I must write. I feel newly inspired and am ready to become a lover of the bike. Thank you for this.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Wow, what a great comment. I’m so happy that you got inspired to write today and that you’re ready to further your love for cycling. Awesome.