Cycling is one of the most effortless ways to perform low intensity exercise. It is also affordable, low maintenance and thoroughly enjoyable. But if you are a novice, you may have many questions regarding the choice, usage, safety and upkeep of your bike. All it takes is to be armed with the right kind of knowledge, and you are ready to spend some good times astride your bike!

It is safe.

More people die from motorcycle slips, car crashes, even walking accidents than cycling. Ironically, cycling mishaps get attention because so few of them actually occur. Only 1.8% of all traffic fatalities in the United States are bicyclists. Statistics for the UK show that 119 cyclists died while biking in 2012, and this figure is a five-year high. Many more elderly people get killed due to injuries they sustain when they fall while walking. And the occurrence of a cycle-automobile crash, every cyclist’s worst nightmare, is very rare. So, go ahead with your plans, you will at worst end up with a few scratches and a fracture, if you are having a really bad day!

What kind of bike to choose.

The first step to getting to know your bike is to do some research on the bikes currently available. Don’t forget to look up recommendations and user reviews to understand the pros and cons of each make and model. You need to choose a bike depending on how you want to use it. Will you be cycling around a park for most part or do you need something that can take you cross country? Go for a tour with fatter tires if you are expecting to use your bike every day. If you encounter tarmac as well as rocky road on your route, go for a hybrid. Sportive bikes have a wider gear rang and upright handlebars for alley racing. For a commute involving different modes of transport, buy a foldable bike. If adrenaline rush is your way and you want to learn stunts, the BMX is built for you. But it requires a lot of hard work to ride it like a pro, keep that in mind before going in for it.

Managing your bicycle parts is not rocket science.

While it may seem unnerving at first, but there are only a few aspects of your bike’s hardware that need to be taken care of. Always buy a bike from a local bike store, the owners are mostly bike enthusiasts themselves, and hence sympathetic to your cause. Choose the frame build according to your requirement, higher end carbon fiber bikes are only required for speed biking or racing.

The handle bar should be according to whether you are doing long distance or just around the block in leisure. In the former case choose a curved one with three attachments to shift your weight as you feel tired, else stick to the straight one for comfortable upright biking.

The gear mechanism, or derailleur as the gears are called, consists of sprockets on the wheel and chain wheels on the pedal end, with different diameters. The smaller the chain wheel or the larger the sprocket, the lower and easier is the gear.

To avoid strain and back problems, adjust your saddle so that your knee is flexed at an angle of 25 to 30 degrees even at the bottom of the pedaling round. Suspension is required only if the neighborhood you live in has rough roads with bumps or if you are going all out on rocky terrain.

If you are planning on beginning a cycling career and are looking for the personalized advice, contact Precision Fitness and Wellbeing led by fitness and nutrition coach Janis Garrido. The team at Precision Fitness and Wellbeing offers various fitness and nutrition programs, customized to meet the varying needs of individuals. Contact them today at 561-370-8198 or by filling in a simple form at to learn more.