I’m having an enormous amount of fun on my bicycle. It has provided great exercise for me over the last few months, and I love the Central Valley Velo bike club in Tracy, California. But even though cycling is a thrill a minute; let’s keep it real with a few important tips before you hit the open road this summer.
With a nod to David Letterman, please join me for today’s Top Ten Things You Should Know Before You Start Cycling:
- You’ll spend way more money on equipment than you promised your spouse you would.
- Learning how to unclip your shoe is more important than learning to clip it in.
- No matter how much padding you have in your shorts, your behind (and other body parts) will start to feel numb after 60 miles.
- Taking a one-handed photo with an iPhone is the most dangerous thing you can do.
- You’ll want to get your flat tires while climbing uphill, not flying down.
- Tight clothing is aerodynamic, but not necessarily flattering.
- Always take a perpendicular approach to railroad tracks.
- You have the same rights as cars on the road, but many drivers don’t know or appreciate that.
- Spraying water through an open car window is justifiable revenge for an insult to your manhood.
- Unless you are in the lead, you will always be staring at someone’s butt.
If you are a cyclist with an important tip for rookies, please share it in the comments below. Happy riding!!