Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit
   
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Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true. The same goes if your buddy swears by it. Bad advice leads to bad habits, and that could lead to real harm if you’re not careful.

I’ve heard my fair share of bad advice over the years. Although most cycling advice you hear is good and will help you become a stronger and more efficient cyclist, some of it is wrong and just plain ludicrous

I’ll try and help you sift the good from the bad to help you enjoy your next cycling adventure.

Here’s a few of our favorite worst cyclist tips that you should probably ignore.

 

1. Real Cyclists Don’t Wear Gloves

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

If you watch any of the professional tours, you’d probably noticed that many of the riders don’t wear gloves. Just because they don’t, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

Cycling gloves have many benefits, like wiping away the sweat, protecting your hands from blisters and scrapes if you fall, and they keep your hands warm in cold weather. Gloves are a personal choice – wear them or don’t wear them.

 

2. Never Use the Small Chainring

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

You’ve probably heard it before – the small chainring is for wimps. Many of the lower price-point road bikes have a triple drivetrain (three chainrings).

The third one, is commonly referred to as the “granny ring.” Most of the mid- to top-tier bikes have double drivetrains, eliminating the smallest ring. Small chainrings are needed for climbing efficiently. The last thing you want to do is grind it out on a high gear. Use your gears to keep a smooth, natural cadence throughout your ride even if that means downshifting to the “granny ring.”

 

3. Don’t Eat or Drink Whilst Riding

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

There are some old school cyclists who don’t believe in eating or drinking during their rides. Their theory is that fasting will train your body to use your fat stores as energy.

While there is some truth to the theory, your body will also start breaking down your muscles for energy, which is not what you want. You don’t need to eat a sandwich or pizza on your ride, but you should nibble on something, so you don’t bonk halfway through your ride.

There are even a few cyclists who don’t believe in drinking water while riding a bike. Your performance will drop dramatically if you become dehydrated, especially if it’s hot outside. The bottom line… make sure you bring plenty of water with you on your ride.

 

4. You’ll Save Money Riding a Bike

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Sure, you’ll save money on gas if you ride your bike to work and run errands. But, once you have one bike, it’s never enough and bikes are expensive. There’s a common saying among cyclists – you need N+1 bikes, with N being the current number of bikes you own.

 

5. You Don’t Need Rest Days

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Overtraining can lead to major health issues, like persistent muscle soreness, injuries, moodiness, suppressed immunity, and fatigue. During training, stress causes micro tears in your muscles.

Since your body is smart, it repairs the damage after your workout, which results in stronger muscles. Your body needs adequate time to make these repairs, which often happen overnight when you sleep.

Being tired all the time is not fun nor is it good for your body. Rest days are important not only for your muscles, but for your brain. Burnout is all too real, and you don’t want it.

 

6. You Don’t Need to Lift Weights

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Cycling is a low-impact sport so it’s great for people with joint issues or injuries. You’ll often meet many runners turned cyclists on cycling tours. However, you need to do some impact activities to preserve your bone and muscle mass, especially if you’re older.

As we age, we begin to lose bone and muscle mass. You’ll be able to continue cycling well into your golden years if you strength train on a regular basis. Strength training also helps with your balance and maintains neural pathway stability.

 

7. Your Saddle is Fine, You Just Need to Get Used to It

Top 7 Cycling Tips You May Want to Ignore Even If They Sound Legit

Sometimes when you ride a new bike, you need to get used to the saddle. There will be some discomfort as you build up your “saddle muscles” and a good pair of bike shorts will help.

However, if you’re experiencing pain in your butt or crotch, it could mean a number of things, like a misaligned saddle or seat post, poor saddle design or fit, or simply sitting in the wrong place in the saddle.

Try adjusting your saddle or seat post. If that doesn’t do it, go to a bike shop to try new saddles or get a professional bike fit. Most bike shops will let you try a saddle before you buy it. When you join us on a Lizard Head Cycling Guides tour we encourage you to bring your own saddle and we’ll fit it properly to our lightweight carbon road bikes.

 

Here’s the Good Advice

Our expert cycling guides have been running cycling tours throughout the United States and abroad for many years. We’re here to not only show you a fantastic time, we can give you some good cycling advice. Come join us for one of our bike tours this year!

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This entry was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 3:18 am and is filed under Blog.
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