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How to Start Cycling: 6 Tips That Will Help You as a Beginner

From the outside looking in, cycling looks simple—all you have to do is pedal, right? But it can sometimes come off as intimidating. You might find yourself thinking, “Wait, I need more gear?” or simply, “Yikes. Spandex.”


But once you take that first ride, we’re sure you’ll be hooked by the sense of freedom, adventure, and joy so commonly felt on the bike. Getting started is easier than it seems, and we’ll let you in on a little secret: You don’t even have to wear spandex if you don’t want to. To help, we’ve gathered up six need-to-know tips on how to start cycling, before you hit the open road.


1. Find a Bike
2. Choose a helmet
3. Start slowly
4. Find a group (CFC!)
5. Make some friends
6. Build fitness and memories!

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