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Newbie Cyclists Commit these Mistakes

Oct 10, 2022
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We benefit both physically and psychologically when we try new things. Everybody always generally starts somewhere. Additionally, doing so would involve committing errors. But then again, who does not seem to?

As inexperienced cyclists, there are some aspects that we miss or are unaware of. And it's all right. It is a step in the learning process. Take comfort in knowing that things improve from this point on.

Looking back, we chuckled at our blunders, but they helped shape who we are now. At Fleximounts, we want to pay it forward by pointing out the rookie mistakes we've made so that other beginners would also learn from them because we have been there and done that. And as we always say, "Keep on going!"

Newbie Mistake: Incorrect Saddle Height

Have you ever questioned why every ride leaves your knees sore? It is most likely the incorrect saddle height. Your pedal stroke will often be underextended if your saddle is too low. On the contrary, if the saddle is excessively high, there's a huge risk you're stretching yourself too far. The power that must be released from the legs is not delivered correctly in either situation.

Adjusting to the proper height is what you should do. Put your heel on the pedal while you ride. Your leg should be practically straight when your foot makes contact at the very bottom of the pedal stroke. The saddle is the perfect height in this instance. A different test is to see if your toes can still make contact with the ground when seated in the saddle and leaning slightly to one side. Adjust as necessary. Never hesitate to reduce or raise the saddle's height slightly.

Newbie Mistake: Eating Insufficiently

The muscles in your entire body are used while you cycle. For you to perform this physical exercise, you would need to have adequate energy. You may have eaten plenty before a ride, but you'll quickly learn that it's not enough to sustain you for the rest of the trip. Always pack more food than you think you'll need when you're going on an adventure. Obviously, also fill a few bottles of drinking water.

Riding may physically exhaust you. Looking for a place to get lunch during the journey would be so inconvenient. Things get pretty difficult when there aren't any restaurants or shops close by at your location. Therefore, always, always carry food to keep you energized during the travel.

Newbie Mistake: Not Carrying Tools and Spares with You

You would need food and water to keep going during the entire ride. And your bicycle unit is not any different. It is wise to have tools with you to assist with last-minute issues and easy fixes. Prepare some essential equipment in a saddlebag, such as patches, a mini pump, a multitool, tire levers, and inner tubes, to name a few.

Newbie Mistake: Failure to Properly Store Your Bicycle

We frequently ignore the necessity of good storage since we constantly think of new ways to update and decorate our bicycle units. Most of the time, the dents and damages to our bicycle units come from the manner we keep them when they're not being used.

When storing bicycles, there are a few things to think about. The temperature of the room is one of them. It must be constant with the ambient temperature to prevent moisture from accumulating. Avoid letting the bike's tires lay flat on a concrete floor for an extended period of time. The moisture that the concrete floor will take out of the tires' rubber will induce dry rot, which will cause the tires to age prematurely. If storing your bike upright on the garage floor is all you can do, the answer is to cover the surface with wood, carpet, a rug, or a rubber mat.

In general, storing bikes on the floor piled horizontally is not the best idea. When you need a bike, you would have a more challenging time getting one out of the piled bikes since you would also have to raise the other bikes. This is especially worrying if you have more than one bike in your collection because more floor space is required than planned. Since the majority of hoops only hold the front tire, they will probably lean on another bike, which might damage your bicycle in this position.

To solve these storage problems, mounting them to the wall or ceiling is an excellent idea. Purchasing the right bike rack is significantly more affordable than paying for bike maintenance. However, a word of caution for the tenants: if you want to drill holes in the walls or ceilings, you should let the landlord know or get their permission first.

Vertically storing your bikes frees up important floor space that may be used to store other items or park your car. In addition, it makes mounting and dismounting each bike simple. You may reserve your energy for the day's bike activities as a result! Use the Fleximounts BR1 Wall Mount Bike Rack to make the most of your garage's storage space.

Only premium materials, such as cold-rolled steel that has been powder-coated, are used in the wall mount bike rack to prevent chipping, cracking, and corrosion. One, four, or six bikes may all be suited on the rack. The six-bike stand may support up to 300 lbs. (136 kg). They are trustworthy, heavy-duty, and long-lasting for load-bearing performance, and they can sustain years of use. For cyclists who intend to lead this lifestyle for a very long time, it is ideal. Needless to say, as you become more into cycling, there is a good possibility you'll acquire more bicycles that are appropriate for certain activities. The requirement for more significant storage space and sturdy storage racks may derive from this.

The J-shaped hooks are simple to use since they exactly match the design of your bike hubs, giving you a tight grip to hold the bicycles in the right place. Due to the solid mounting of each hook, you don't need to worry about them coming off the bikes that are hanging from them. The good news is that the thick sponge foam tubing that the premium bike hooks are encased in avoids aging and cracking and provides superior protection for your bike's wheels, hubs, and spokes.

As storage requirements vary, moving the hooks around on the rack is simple to accommodate various bicycle sizes. With a diameter range of 2.56 inches, the bike wall mount hanger accommodates most bicycles, including kids', road, and mountain bikes. However, wide-tired bikes are excluded from this.