Outdoor cycling – it’s as easy as riding a bike! Not so fast. “Cycling outdoors is often dismissed as being easy,” says Craig Undem, head coach and founder of Cycle University in Seattle, WA, “because most adults learned to ride as a kid and ‘everyone can do it.’”
The reality is that not everyone knows how to ride a bike and riding around your neighborhood as a child is far different from hitting the path, the trail or (especially) the street. “Much like snow skiing or motorcycle riding, the skills required to enjoy cycling on city streets, in traffic, on steep hills, slippery corners and with other riders in close quarters takes a big skill-set to do in a safe and enjoyable manner,” says Undem who adds that the good news is that he’s seen many transformations in his more than 20 years teaching and coaching outdoor cycling so it’s never too late to learn.
If you’re new to outdoor cycling, continue reading for some tips to steer you in the right direction.