They are everywhere. You must have seen them. Riding on the bike path in the opposite direction, suffering on mountain sections with city bikes or pedaling with a 1987 BH Bicicross. Yes, we are talking about the new cyclists that have emerged in this post-confinement era.
You were also a rookie, admit it, and it was difficult for you to get used to circulating with cars passing less than a meter, to unforeseen events such as doors that suddenly open or dogs on the loose. You had doubts about what type of lock to buy, whether or not you could ride on that street. You got lost and it also took a while to find your ideal daily route. For all these reasons and a few more, we have put together a short guide to make it easy for you to welcome these novice cyclists. It is your duty to make them feel safe and confident so that they do not abandon the first few changes. Thus, more and more will be cycling through our cities.
It is a common topic of debate and although it is usually more common in road cycling, it does not hurt to say hello to the other cyclists you come across, whether in the city, road or mountains. It is a way to create community, camaraderie and a sense of unity among cyclists.
Stop whenever you come across someone who seems to be having trouble with their bike. With time and experience, they will learn to carry the basic tools and spare parts, but even the most experienced rider may need something that you carry at the moment. It will not take you more than five minutes, and also perhaps you will take a new friend to your contact list with which to go out from time to time by bike.
Don’t run too fast when you pass near a slow-speed rider. Try to pass it carefully in an area with good visibility and width. Surely that cyclist goes slowly out of prudence, not being safe when riding in an environment that can sometimes be aggressive.
With your knowledge of the city acquired over hours and hours you know the streets better than a taxi driver. You know which streets have bike lanes, which streets are filled with double-parked cars, you know the potholes and even the traffic light phases on your daily route. That is why you know that the shortest path is not always the fastest when cycling. Advise new cyclists on the best routes to get from point A to point B. It may be the route with the least traffic, with better asphalt or fewer traffic lights. It is a matter of asking.
Surely you have already gone to a Critical Mass, to a pro-cycling rally or demonstration. Invite new riders you meet to join some of the events you attend. It is a good way to socialize and enlarge this family, which is one of the good ones, from which they are chosen.
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