Cycling is a repetitive sport, so you might pick up some bad techniques over time.
From seriously neglecting your bike to bouncing up and down on the saddle, there are several cycling no-nos that you need to know to enjoy the benefits of proper cycling.
Good cycling habits bring these benefits:
- Improving your mental well being.
- Promoting your weight loss.
- Boosting your lung health.
- Enjoying low impact exercise.
And here are the top 5 bad cycling habits and how to overcome them:
1. Cross Chaining
Crossing your chains means that you are riding in the hardest cog on the front and easiest cog at the back or the easiest ring on the front and hardest cog on the rear. Riding in either of these won’t only cause your chain to wear over time but also to slip. It will even end up wasting your energy since it’s the least efficient way to position your ring.
Instead, you need to shift into the small ring if you’re struggling to climb a hill.
2. Improper Nutrition
When it comes to cycling nutrition, it’s very important to rely on what you know. For instance, if honey and fish works for you, you don’t have to throw coke when out there riding. Nothing will shut your body faster than being asked to perform well when your digestive system is upset.
You, therefore, need to experiment with nutrition on shorter rides and only change one diet at a time, especially if you are cycling in Texas.
3. Not Wiping the Rims
If your bike has rim breaks, you should remember that the brake pads and the surface of the rim are essential in helping you stop. When one of them is full of mud, your braking power is reduced. More so, if you let pieces of grit in the brake pad, you will wear them out fast.
Thankfully, you only need to give your brake pads and rims a quick wipe down after every ride and clean them well once a week.
4. Too Much Grinding
While riding at a low cadence in the big ring might feel smoother and more efficient, spending a lot of time on the big ring can put added stress on your tendons and muscles due to the increased torque.
A good way to solve this is to buy a cadence sensor and keep it between 80 and 100 RPM. While preferences may vary depending on an individual, developing a higher cadence is one of the best ways to develop a faster response and improve the efficiency of your pedal stroke when you need some speed.
5. Laying Your Bike Down on the Drive Side
The drive side of the bike is the side with the cassette, chain ring, and derailleurs. Although in the ideal world you should not lie your bike down at all, if you have to lie it down ensure that the moving parts are pointing upwards.
Remember, derailleurs are quite delicate hence bending one can make them be your worst enemy.