Becoming a good rider is one thing. But becoming a perfect, well-studded rider is a completely different thing. There are lots of ways you can move from being a good rider or cyclist to a perfect one.
Gone are the days when you will have to attend a cycling empowerment workshop or a cycling improvement seminars to know how to improve your riding skills.
Here and now, I’m going to share with you different time tested and effective ways of improving your riding skills.
Are you ready?
To start off, let us consider some pre-improvement and development activities you need to have in order hasten the process of improving your skills.
They are not compulsory and are completely optional. But they are necessary!
And if you want to hasten the speed or become very perfect in all ramifications, the following are going to help you out.
1) Weight Training
Weight training is a good idea. It doesn’t apply directly to improved cycling, but there are many benefits for cyclists.
Many would argue that weight training will in no way improve your riding skills. Well, I’m not saying it will.
Like I stated from the outset, this will not directly improve your cycling or riding skill. But it will go a long way into helping you improve your riding skill faster and better.
- Build some upper body strength
- Upper body strength helps you control the bicycle.
- Build bone mass.
Cycling is not a weight-bearing activity and therefore does not build much bone mass.
For the best possible bone health, and preventing types of brittle bone disease, add resistance training to help build your bones.
Correct muscle imbalances.
Building up some muscles but not others (by doing no exercise other than cycling) can create muscle imbalances, which can lead to problems with your posture and set you up for injuries.
A full-body resistance training program done correctly and consistently can save you lots of pain (and lots of trips to the chiropractor.)
Stronger bones, more muscle mass, and well-rounded muscle strength will all help prevent injury. And fewer injuries mean more time doing fun things like riding your bike!
The most important exercises you will do as a cyclist do not focus on your quads!
Instead, you need to exercise the muscles that cycling uses, but does not strengthen your core. But not just your abs. It’s your abs, obliques, back, and glutes and hamstrings.
Do these exercises 2-3 times per week:
- Decline push ups
- Bird Dog
- Windshield Washers (Lying Spinal Twists)
Improving Your Cycling Skills
Now let’s go to the meat of this section. After learning and practicing the basics which is weight training and exercise, improving your cycling will be a lot easier.
This does not mean you will have to be done with them first before moving on to the real thing. You can never finish exercise. Exercise is a continuous thing that doesn’t get finished.
The same applies to weight training. You can do these simultaneously as you are learning to improve your cycling skills.
So without further ado, let get into it.
If you’re new to bicycling, you might want to improve quickly. While you don’t want to go too fast and forget some of what you learned, here are some tips to improve quickly.
Spend time on the bike
Ride lots. More time on the bike, more time to figure things out. Ride lots in a variety of conditions.
Practice makes perfect!
Join a club
This is fun. Gets you immersed in the sport. Meet like-minded people.
Ride with people who are better than you.
You can learn by watching them, and this forces you to push your limits. (But make sure you are riding with people slightly better than you. Otherwise you’ll struggle too much to learn anything.)