BEGINNER CYCLIST: GEAR CHECK
Today we continue the topic of gear suggestions for the beginners. Let's look at the stuff necessary for the sport of cycling.
As with running, swimming and other activities at the beginner level it's important to first focus on learning the "how to" part, the technique of your chosen sport.
Getting the right equipment is important, but it doesn't need to be the best at first and it can be done without draining your savings. Plus it would be a complete waste if you were to damage your super equipment due to your not so super, beginner level skills.
- Tri or RoadRacing Bike
Get yourself a good Triathlon or RoadRacing bike appropriate for your size. Find out if there is a store or two that come highly recommended by other cyclists preferably with more biking experience than you. Don't spend your entire savings on a "Ferrari", get the one that will work for you now, while you get your skills polished and work on your technique. But do choose wisely and don't rush because quite a lot depends on your choice, if you and the bike don't "click" together, it will affect your cycling on many levels.
- Stationary Trainer
Get the simpler one, but with the gear to measure your cadence, mileage, speed and time. Plus it will allow you to videotape yourself for review of your technique, especially if you don't have a coach to help you.
- Front Wheel Support
Part of the stationary set up for your bike, front wheel support allows to drill at home in one place. The best and cheapest we found is a star-shaped one that could be found at any bike store, but there are a few others of course
- Stretch Cords
Yes, drills again. Less than in running and swimming, but still got to do drills. These are especially important for the beginners to help them develop necessary strength conditioning and movement pattern.
As long as it fits and as long as it protects your head, get whatever helmet makes you happy, but do get it.
If you're not planning on training and competing, you could absolutely do without special cycling shoes. As a matter of fact, these could become an impediment, rather than help. However, if you do get the shoes - choose them well. Because of how the shoes are made and set up and how they work, it's wise to invest in this piece of gear from the beginning. These shoes must fit well, not loose so they don't interfere and are not tight because it could damage your feet, so pay attention.
- Heart Monitor
Not a necessary piece of gear at the beginner level, but it could be handy. Get it if you plan on training, not just riding.
Enjoy your new gear, but keep your focus on your technique and have fun!
Article by Dr. Nicholas Romanov
Composed by L. Romanov