Welcome to The Everyday Cyclist! As a long-term casual cyclist of close to three decades, I have plenty of miles ridden under my belt. My goal here is to provide some tips, advice, and opinions developed over my years on the road to share with fellow riders. In particular, those who are new to the sport.
My Story – From Training Wheels to Now
I was a little behind riding bikes as a child, for it took longer than others to lose the training wheels! Once I graduated to two wheels, I’d join my family on short rides to a nearby pond. After that, I was riding around the neighborhood with my friends. Soon, I was riding the neighborhood loop by myself, often losing count of how may laps I rode. One day, when I was 12, my father purchased himself a new bicycle, and he handed the Trek he had ridden for several years down to me. It was my first “grown-up” bike.
That summer I joined him on rides around town, and eventually began increasing my distance. One positive result was I had begun to slim down. Another benefit was I was able to explore the back roads of the town and area in which I live, providing perspectives driving simply can not provide. I credit cycling for positive changes in my life, whether it was bonding with my father, weight loss, or learning side roads to avoid traffic before the advent of GPS!
Here I am, nearly three decades later. I still ride, and have included occasional mountain bike rides into my routine.
An Ambassador of the Sport
I feel after all these years it is time to give back the sport that gave me so much. While I do see an increase of fellow cyclists while out riding, I feel there is more that can be done to roll more people into the sport. For some, cycling may seem intimidating. For others, perhaps it may seem the price to participate is too high.
Well, it doesn’t have to be. I want newcomers to cycling, or those who’ve been away for a while and are looking to return, to feel that there is a place for them; that they don’t need to purchase very expensive stuff or need to ride 20 MPH. In cycling, just like in nearly every other facet of life, there are all types, and there is room for everyone.
Time to hit the road
Everyone needs a bike to start cycling, but what comes after that? Whether it is etiquette, gear, or technique, there is learning curve involved but it does not need to be intimidating. If a stocky, nonathletic type such as myself can do it, anyone can.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
The Everyday Cyclist