There’s a lot of good information about cycling. That comes with a lot of bad information. You have to know what to believe to be a good biker. These are the most common myths you should never believe.
1. Cycling is an expensive hobby.
The industry has exploded. So there are a ton of bikes on the market. And there’s a great price range. So you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to buy one you like.
2. Cycling is dangerous.
It’s actually one of the safer modes of transportation. You’re more likely to get hurt in a vehicle, on a motorcycle, or just walking. Always wear a helmet. And be cautious and aware of your surroundings when riding in traffic.
3. You have to be in shape to ride.
You don’t have to be super fit to cycle. It can actually build your fitness level. If you’re a beginner, start out at a slow place and slowly increase your speed and ability.
4. The rules of the road don’t apply to you.
All motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians have to follow road rules. You have to follow all signals and road signs to keep you and others safe.
5. A bike saddle is uncomfortable.
You’ll have to try out a few different saddles to find one that works best for you. Once you have it, you’ll find that it’s actually comfortable for hours of riding.
6. Narrow tires are faster.
Actually, wider tires are faster. They’re more resilient, comfortable, and aerodynamic when paired with the right rim.
7. You have to tighten all bike parts before you ride.
You should ensure your wheels, handlebars, and stem are secure. Don’t over-tighten anything – the smaller the screw, the less torque it can withstand. Also, don’t tighten the derailleur set screws and shifter barrel adjusters. You could lose access to the upper and lower gears, and the middle gears won’t shift well.
8. You have to pump your tires to the maximum pressure.
Higher tire pressure doesn’t make you faster. Don’t pump them to the maximum PSI. Instead, go at least 5 PSI below.
9. You can lube up with WD-40.
This should not be used anywhere on your bike. It will strip off the chain oil and crank grease, which are essential to a well-maintained bike. Only use specific chain lube.
10. Helmets last forever.
Ultraviolet light can break down the materials in your helmet. Foam shells can also dry out and become brittle with age and repeated hits. You should replace it every few years at a minimum, especially if you ride often.