Cyclists rejoice! In many places in North America this past weekend marks the beginning of cycling season. The sun is coming up earlier making for warmer, longer days; the pesky gravel, salt and grit from the winter roads is finally gone. Only a couple layers of clothes are required for riding outside instead of endless winter layers, and your water is no longer going to freeze inside the bottle.
For those of us who haven’t been outside much in the last few months but have been busy putting in miles on the trainer, the transition back to road riding can be a bit of a shock. Getting ready for outdoor spring cycling training is fun and exciting, make sure you give some consideration to the transition and prepare yourself:
1. Work your balance
If you’ve been rocking out on the trainer for the winter, the one thing you haven’t had to do is balance your bike- and you will as soon as you swing your leg over the saddle this season. Spend some time readjusting to the balance of your bike, the sway of your body and be aware you might have at least one wiggle or wobble as you unclip at your first stop light.
2. Core Strength
To help out of the balance of your bike, consider spending some extra time each day working your core muscles in your body. These muscles, when activated, will help you with your balance on the bike, and enhance your overall power.
3. Time for a Tune
Time to swap out the trainer tire for a road tire. If you’ve been sititng inside on your bike for a few months, now is a great time for a quick tune before you head out on the road. Most local bikes shops will do a general tune in time for the spring. Plan ahead- it’s a busy time for most bike shops!
4. Be alert and aware
Inside you don’t have to contend with cars, traffic lights, pedestrians, other cyclists, unexpected dips and curves of the road. Be alert and aware when you get back on the road and be extra vigilent. You have possibly fallen out of the habit of signalling, giving extra space to the cyclist ahead or the SUV that seems to be all over the road. A few road rides will have you back in outdoor awareness in no time.
Wishing all of our guests, subcontracts, friends and cycling enthusiasts a safe and fun transition into this cycling season.