Man on a bike standing next to his friend at the beach. He is waring Bauerfeind's MalleoTrain Ankle support

Are you getting back into cycling or picking up the sport for the first time? Either way, you’ll need some cycling tips for beginners. So, here’s our breakdown of everything you’ll need to know about gear, routine, roadways, and maintenance. 


Get a good bike

You can practice riding on just about any bike - from a tiny kids’ bike to a decked-out road one built for speed. But a bicycle that fits you and suits you well will make you enjoy the learning experience much more. You’ll get fewer wobbles and crashes, not to mention a more comfortable ride. We recommend heading to a dedicated cycling store near you for accurate measurements and advice. 

We’d also recommend researching the type of bicycle you want. Road bikes have a lot of gears to learn and a high seat for minimum wind resistance. While they’re great for speed, they’ll be unstable on country roads and may feel uncomfortable for first-time riders. Mountain bikes are great for forest trails and are more comfortable to sit on, but their thick, highly textured wheels might feel slow on city roads. Generally, fitness bikes are the best of both worlds. They’re intended for multi-purpose riding and won’t have a thousand gears to switch between.

Lastly, test out the seat. Unfortunately, a bit of discomfort is to be expected with bike seats. But if your butt hurts after a few minutes of sitting, pick and test out another one.

Note: you can reduce discomfort further by getting a pair of padded bike shorts. 

Find a safe place to practice 

People cycling through a park with wide bike lanes, a good place for beginners to practice

If it’s your first time on a bike, practice somewhere with few obstacles (cars, trees, mailboxes, etc.) and ride on wide, straight paths. And if you do wobble, run into something, or keel over to the side, don’t stress too much. These are all part of the learning experience. Even if you have ridden a bike before, avoid busy roadways and forest trails while you’re getting back into the sport.

Get the right gear 

You’ll also need some essential bits of gear to stay safe on the roads. These include: 

  • Helmet 
  • Bike lights (crucial for night and low visibility riding.) If you’re going to cycle through foggy weather, you should also consider some reflective strips or a high-vis vest. 
  • Accessories. A water bottle clip will come in very handy on long rides.

In terms of clothing, you won’t need an aerodynamic fit. A simple pair of leggings and a tighter-fitting shirt is enough. You do want to consider the length of your clothing - long pants protect the knees better from scrapes than shorts do. You should also avoid flappy or loose-fitting pants, which can get caught in your bike gears and result in crashes.

Try a compression sleeve or two

Woman cycling along a smooth, wide, empty road in Bauerfeind's Knee Compression Sleeve

Sports Compression Knee Support


As a beginner, you’re probably not looking for a way to maximise your cycling performance quite yet. But compression garments also have several benefits for beginners: 

  • They boost circulation. When you do physical activity, your heart typically won’t have trouble pumping blood through the arteries, but the veins can struggle to keep up. This is why a strenuous exercise like weightlifting can make veins protrude much more than normal. Compression garments like our Sports Compression Calf Sleeves boost the rate of venous return, keeping veins from overflowing, thus freeing up space in your tissues for oxygen and nutrient-rich arterial blood.
  • Compression garments also reduce muscle aches and fatigue. Your low back will be especially at risk as you're getting used to the flexed seating position. Our Sports Back Support will activate your core muscles to protect your spine better. It will also relieve low back pain through its specialised gel pad.
  • Reduce the impact of DOMS. If you’ve ever tried a new sport, you know the following couple of days can be very stiff and painful. Because compression garments help your muscles get the oxygen and nutrients they need, they speed up the muscle repair process, reducing next-day soreness.

There are plenty of compression options to choose from, depending on what you need on your rides. Compression Arm Sleeves can reduce arm fatigue from leaning on your bike handles, and Sports Performance Socks build on what’s offered by the calf sleeves by also covering and supporting the foot as you pedal along. 

Beginner cyclists should always start easy 

Cycling for fitness is no extreme sport, but you can still take on too much too soon. Picking up too many hours of physical activity can lead to muscle fatigue, cramps, and even overuse injuries like Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Patellar Tendonitis

So, follow the 10% rule. If you start with 90 minutes of practice rides in a given week, add another 10 minutes the following week. This way, you’ll still get plenty of cycling in without putting too much strain on your muscles and tendons. 

Keep your bike in good shape

Man washing his bike to keep it well maintained - a good cycling tip for beginners

You won’t need to fuss over your new bike for hours at a time. But you also shouldn't just chuck it into your garage and forget about it till you need it again. Bikes need a certain level of care to stay in one piece and keep riding easy. 

  • Wipe the frame and wheels down if wet. Rust is a bicycle killer. Don’t let it get to yours. 
  • Keep an eye on the tire pressure. Long hours of practice can start deflating the wheels, leading to a wobbly, accident-prone ride. 
  • Lubricate the chains. This step will help them run smoothly and keep switching gears easy. 
  • Check your brake function and chain wear and tear before you ride.
  • Get replacement parts if necessary. The beauty of bikes is that you can take most things out and put replacements in - wheels, handles, accessories, pedals, seats, the works. If you feel like a part of your bike isn’t functioning well or just isn’t to your liking, replace it. It’ll save you a lot of pain down the line. 

Learn more: 10 essential bike maintenance tips for beginner cyclists

To sum up 

For a better learning experience (and to increase your likelihood of sticking with the sport), you shouldn’t just grab any old bike and start riding. You need to keep some cycling tips for beginners in mind. Invest in a decent bike that suits your body type and needs, get the right cycling gear, and don’t take on too much too fast.

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