Cycling popularity is gathering speed, which is fantastic news. Yet, a few fallacies are potentially squeezing the brakes on many more from joining in.
Such myths are here to be corrected.
#1 You Must Be Super Fit to Ride a Bike
One of the most common misbeliefs surrounding cycling is that you have to be “fit” to begin with. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When I started, I couldn’t even run for the bus!
This sport is low-impact, which makes it ideal for any age—young or old. It’s also good for you—you’ll be increasing your heart rate and burning calories. Looking to drop a few pounds? It won’t take long to notice a difference.
Another incredible thing about cycling is that you can go at your own pace. It doesn’t matter if you want to head out for a ride on your own, a group of friends or family—distance, time and speed are not set in stone.
The important part is that you get out, do what you can—and enjoy yourself!
If you’re ready to hit the road on two-wheels—and change your lifestyle to a healthier and happier one. Follow our guides to learn more about the many health and fitness benefits of cycling.
#2 Cycling Is for Men Only
All you ladies out there listen up.
Ok, so I’ll admit, there are probably more guys than girls that cycle, but the best news is—this trend is changing. Every day I see more and more women out riding their bikes. Some on their daily commute, others just going for a leisurely cycle with friends.
Women-only rides and clubs are also popping up everywhere, which is handy if you find cycling with a bunch of guys a daunting prospect.
While we’re on the subject, I’ll dispel another women-related myth.
This is one question I get asked time and time again—will cycling make my legs bigger?
The simple answer is no—you will not end up with tree-trunk thighs. There’s a lot more to it than riding your bike, you also have to lift weights and eat lots.
Cycling will however, shape your body. You’ll tone up, slim down and gain a pair of pins made for those nine-inch heels.
#3 It’s an Expensive Hobby
Another misconception is that cycling is exclusive to those at the higher end of the salary scale.
Granted, the initial layout will set you back slightly more than say, a pair of sneakers and running shorts. Yet, buying a bike doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. You should be able to pick up a decent entry-level model for the same price (or lower) than the latest smartphone.
As components wear and therefore, require replacing, you can use the opportunity to upgrade. Tires, saddles and bar tape are all reasonably priced examples that make a substantial difference to ride performance.
Over time, I’ve changed out so much on my bike, the only original part left now is the frame.
To debunk this myth even further—cycling may actually save you money:
- Leaving the car at home means your gas bills will drop.
- It will cost you less to maintain your bike than your car.
- Commuting to work by cycle cuts down on the bus, train or parking fares.
- You’ll be able to cancel that gym membership—cycling is a workout too.
You don’t have to buy the most expensive gear to set the wheels in motion. Find out all the up to date information on bikes, clothing and accessories right here on Pedal Lovers.
#4 Cycling Is a Fair-Weather Sport
In my opinion, there’s nothing better than cycling when the conditions are perfect. I’m talking about those long summer days when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you can feel the warmth of the sun on your back.
However, unless you’re fortunate to live somewhere with 365 days of sunshine, you have to face facts—at some point, Mother Nature will intervene.
Yet, I like to think of it like this—there’s no such thing as bad weather, it’s bad preparation.
If you’re wearing the right clothing for the conditions—getting caught in a downpour shouldn’t be such an inconvenience.
I find overshoes are an essential in my cycling wardrobe. Not only do they keep my feet dry, but they also keep them warm. What’s more, ensure your bike is ready for the rain—mudguards will prevent the spray up your back.
The best thing is that clothing and accessories have come a long way. Now there’s even more choice than ever.
Why Ride With Pedal Lovers?
Patricia Johnson is the inspiration behind Pedal Lovers. You can learn more about us here on the home page.
Our aim is to gather all the information related to cycling into one place and to encourage people to share their love of the sport.
Pedal Lovers is here for those who want to:
- Improve their fitness and health through pedal-power.
- Expand their technical know-how.
- Find out more about the latest cycling gear.
- Share their cycling experiences with like-minded pedal lovers.
- Cycle safe, de-stress and enjoy the ride!
We’re here to provide you with:
- The mechanics of cycling.
- Information about biking health benefits.
- Honest reviews on the best bikes, accessories and clothing.
- A community for pedal lovers.
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Pedal Lovers is built upon real-life inspiring experiences. We want to share this with others who are as passionate about cycling as we are. We want to be able to provide you with the information you need to help you take the right route for you and your goals.
At Pedal Lovers, we aim to:
- Keep you up-to-date—we’ll make sure you’re at the front of the pack with all the latest cycling topics.
- Guide you towards your transformation—we are here to motivate those who need an extra push as well as for those who want to achieve results faster.
- Say it all—we will save you time trawling through different confusing opinions, we study hard and provide you with the facts.
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