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How to become an indoor cyclist

Preparation is the key to success… but also a large part of procrastination… how do you get the balance?

I always loved getting ready for the first day of school. The planning, organising and preparation. And I still love new things. Or at least the planning of them.

However I’ve found taking the first step - as in actually getting started, a little bit scarier. And harder.

And yeah ok, so I don’t always do exactly what I planned - but I’ve realised I’m not alone!

There are lots of sorts of procrastination, for me the time taken on ‘preparation to act’ sucks up the time available for ‘actually doing’. Because, let’s face it, writing up a pretty, colour coordinated training programme is waaaaaay less scary then actually… well training.

And then you have my perfectionist streak that means unless I’m good at something IMMEDIATELY then I don’t like it (most of the time) and that when I do something that isn’t perfect I have a tendency to write it off. Which just ends up being another way of procrastinating and not doing something.

Because in reality, the way to get better at something is to *shock horror* actually do it.

So here is a list of what you need to get started with indoor cycling - planning done for you so you can just go and take some action!

Indoor Cycling equipment list

A bike - to do indoor cycling you will need access to a bike of some sort. You don’t have to own one in your own house - it can be one at the gym or leisure centre or a specific indoor cycling studio. But you definitely do need a bike of some sort to become an indoor cyclist.

Knowledge of how to set up a bike - now, if you are heading to a class with an instructor they will be able to help you, but if you’re on your own you definitely need to know how to set your bike up to minimise the risk of injury and soreness. Check out our blog post on how to set your bike up if you need help.

Trainers (shoes) that fasten securely - if you have some fancy cycling shoes with cleats awesome, but you do not need them to get started. Trainers that fit you and tie up securely (so laces don’t get caught in anything) are required. The stiffer the sole the better (as this makes standing on the bike easier). But make sure they have room to allow your feet to grow as you exercise so you won't want them too tight.

Gym Leggings / gym tights - I recommend full length leggings to start with to minimise the chance of anything rubbing. They should be skin tight or close to, so that they don’t interfere with anything on the bike. The last thing you want is them getting caught in the pedal system somehow.

Sports bra - if you possess breasts, then a decent sports bra is recommended. Transitioning between seated and standing, and some more active choreography can cause a little bounce which is never that comfortable. If they may move around, strap them in.

Towel - you will (hopefully!) get sweaty. Keep a small towel (hand towel type size) on your handlebars to mop your brow during recoveries. It’s also useful for wiping down your hands so you can hold on securely as some handlebars may get slippery.

Water bottle - ensure you have access to water whilst riding to keep hydrated. A water bottle with cap should be able to sit somewhere on most bikes. Sports bottles that allow you to drink one handed and reduce spill can be helpful, but not essential.

With all of those sorted you are ready! Now, you should get on the bike, start cycling and *voila* you are an indoor cyclist!

Not sure where to start with a ride? Why not come and try out one of our 30 minute rides. Perfect for beginners, or those coming back to exercise after a break, we take you through everything you need to know and you will always be in control! Check out the schedule here

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