Start Cycling: Biking For Beginners

Looking for a fun, low-impact way to get fit? From buying the right bicycle to completing a four-week cycling program, follow this step-by-step plan for beginners (10 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:38AM

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Start Cycling: Biking For Beginners

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Practice Before Hitting the Road

Before you head out on the streets for the first time, it’s a good idea to practice turning, stopping and signaling. Find a quiet street or a neighborhood block with little traffic, says Johnston. “Get used to leaning with the bike [when you turn], and don't be afraid of speed -- a fast bike is a stable bike due to the gyroscopic effect of the wheels.” Practice using your brakes effectively -- Johnston recommends braking before a turn to control your speed rather than during the turn. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your bike’s gears and learn to signal, says Joanna Chodorowska, a triathlon and personal sports nutrition coach in Philadelphia, Penn. “Cars (and pedestrians) need to know that you are clearly going to go straight [or turning].” To learn how to signal right, left or stop, check out this video demonstration.

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