Tips for new cyclists

The right bike

Choosing a bike to best suit your needs can seem overwhelming. With so many different types to choose from, it is helpful to consider what style you find the most comfortable and what you will use the bike for most often. Be sure to talk to friends and other cyclists for more information, or better yet speak to your local bike shop professionals about different options to best suit your needs.

                                  

You don’t need to buy a new or expensive bike, especially if you are a first time cyclist. You can always move up to a newer bike once you’ve discovered all the joys of riding and have a better sense of your needs! If you are buying a second-hand bike, find a friend with some mechanical knowledge to help you out and be sure to get a professional tune-up before heading out on the road.

Learn to ride

If you are a beginner cyclist, try to find a friend or family member to assist you in getting started. Many people prefer to learn on separated bike pathways or other off-road trails.  Check with your local municipality for information about the local bike network and pathways. If you live or travel within the City of Kelowna, check out the Kelowna Pathway & Bicycle Network Map. Google Maps is another resource for finding cycling routes in your area. Just select the bike icon in the directions tool bar area.

To help you get started, try the smartTRIPS online trip tracking tool. This free tool is a great way to plan, map and save trips, and offers simple ways to share mapped routes with friends and family. You can also track the number of trips made, kilometres travelled, calories burned and greenhouse gas emissions saved through your active travel!

bikers with bike stop signalYou may also want to consider taking a course to help you develop your cycling skills. Check out the community event page or your local recreation guide for more information on spring or summer cycling courses in your area. Local cycling organizations or your local bike shop may also coordinate group rides for all skill levels. Participating in Bike to Work/School Week is another great opportunity to gain confidence and meet other riders at events throughout the week.