Welcome to the “Let’s Get Kerry Cycling” Getting started | Handy Tips!
…journey to a new beginning!
Cycle for Well being | Cycle for Fitness | Cycle for Lifestyle| Cycle for our Environment
6 Cycling Tips for Beginners
- Don’t over do your ride. Keep it short to begin with.
- Be comfortable. There is nothing worse than a poor saddle that’s too high | too low | too hard | too soft
- If possible take water | money | phone on your ride
- We are riding in Kerry. It does rain! You just might be glad of a waterproof coat or jacket.
- A good bike lock. You don’t want your pride and joy to go missing while you are enjoying that well deserved coffee!
- Build up your confidence on quiet roads or bicycle paths.
Questions to ask oneself:
Can I cycle?
•Do you feel well enough to be able to cycle a short distance from your house?
• Is it safe to do so in the area you wish to cycle?
• Does one know how to use the bike? (If borrowing one from a family member within your household)
• Please only cycle within distances recommended by current HSE / Government guidelines
• Is the bicycle in good working order? Check out the next section below
Is your bike ready?
• Check the bicycle is in good working order – see the ‘M’ check and learn about bike parts on “here”
• Make sure that your tyre pressure is correct (pressure is displayed on the tyre wall) | Handlebars and Saddle are secure | Brakes are working well | That lights on your bike work
• Check that wheels are secure and all bolts or skewers are tight
• Adhere to the normal rules of the road when cycling and observe ‘Yield’ or ‘Stop’ signs and be aware of junctions and hidden entrances
• Practice social distancing – (while Covid19 advice is still in place)
• Be seen – Wear bright coloured clothing or ideally, hi-viz clothing
• Be safe – Make sure lights are working and you are wearing a helmet
• Be prepared – have your charged mobile phone with you
• Children should always cycle under adult supervision and wear a helmet at all times
Adhere to current good practice:
• Keep a minimum 2metre distance from other pedestrians or cyclists
• Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette, using a tissue or into the elbow if you do not have a tissue and wash hands immediately on return from cycle –
• Clean down handlebars and seat of bike
• Dispose of all used tissues / cleaning wipes etc in the bin
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”