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Thinking About Getting a New Bike for 2014?

By Jennifer Sage On December 29, 2013 Under General Advice, Outdoor Cycling

Bike with a BowAs indoor cycling instructors, many of us have students who become interested in cycling outside as a result of our inspirational and real-life coaching in our indoor classes. When this happens to me, I know I’ve done my job right! Some might think you are creating reasons for your students to NOT come to your class, but I disagree. They now have more reason than ever to continue coming for your coaching, although admittedly, when the weather is beautiful they may prefer to be outside. I don’t blame them one bit! Since most classes are smaller during the summer months, it doesn’t bother me at all; I know they’ll be back once the days get shorter and colder.

I’ve gotten e-mails from instructors who are making the transition to becoming outdoor riders as well, and they ask for advice about what kind of bike they should buy. As a trainer of the trainers, this makes me immensely happy. Every new cycling instructor who discovers the joys of riding outside is another instructor who truly will understand and adopt the keep it real mentality. As a result, that many more people (their students) will enjoy the success of more effective (and safer) classes, simply because that instructor knows what it feels like to turn the pedals outside.

So, to help you out when either you or your student is looking for advice on purchasing a new bicycle, here is a good place to start. Bicycling magazine’s Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Bicycle.

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  1. Barry
    March 4, 2014
    2:00 am #comment-1

    I agree Jen
    If the classes inspire participants to buy a bike and get outside then great. They will still come to the classes as well. I do both. Bike wise I am a massive Cannondale fan and have a Caad 8 and a Six13 and they are great bikes. I would say to any newbies that if unsure of sizing it is worth paying a bit extra to get the bike set up right and also worth getting clipless pedals and learning how to use them as this will also enhance the cycling experience and you can then go clipless in the class. One important bit of advice would be before setting off on the road make sure the pedal release is set a bit looser to begin with otherwise you will find oput as I did that when you stop at a junction or traffic lights you are unable to unclip and then you have no choice but to fall over (Much to the amusement of car drivers) It usually only happensonce though

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