Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you're working on. - David Byrne

Your bike is discovery; your bike is freedom. It doesn't matter where you are, when you're on the saddle, you're taken away. - Doug Donaldson

Cycling is a popular sport for several reasons. It is a no impact sport that gives a very good cardio workout and can be done by any person of any age. You can never be too old to start - the oldest person to finish the Cape Argus Cycle Tour was 92 years old at the time.

You can enjoy cycling alone, or in groups; on the open tar road, or on single track through the veld. Wherever you decide to ride, you will always be challenging yourself to ride better, harder and farther. If you have a bicycling shop nearby, they will have all the information you need on clubs and races. If you are very unfit, start off with short rides, drink lots of fluids and try not to overdo it.

If you have never climbed on a bike before, it is always a good idea to borrow one for a while before you buy. Honing your balance while riding on grass in a park or backyard hurts a lot less than going at it on tar. When you feel comfortable and want to buy your bike, speak to a reputable dealer and keep in mind that you can ride on tar with a mountain bike, but a road bike does not fare too well on dirt, gravel or sand. You don't need the most expensive equipment to get started, but just make sure to get stuff that fits you.

For the people who need extra exercise before hitting the road / trail on the weekend, spinning is a good alternative and a good way to meet other cyclists.

Bicycle - be sure to get advice from the dealer on correct size.

Helmet - when you fall a helmet will protect your head by absorbing the impact. Ensure that the helmet you choose fits properly. Wearing a poorly fitting helmet can be as dangerous as not wearing a helmet.

Clothing - any clothing will do, but correct clothing will prevent chafing on longer rides.
Shoes - avoid clip in shoes at first. They can cause nasty falls if you are not used to them.

For finance and a list of cycling shops, go to the Bikelife website.

The Hub website has a forum for cycling related discussions and a classifieds section where good deals can be found.

iWarehouse has a range of accessories for every cyclist.

See Cycling SA events calendar in the link below:
Cycling SA Calendar

-Ensure you take in enough fluids!

-Always wear a helmet.

-Follow road rules, use common sense, don't take chances, don't ride side by side and don't hog the road. You are much more fragile than a car moving at speed.


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