5 Good Habits Every Road Cyclist Should Have

– Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a more respectable cyclist? – Well, here are our top good habits that you should try to stick to. (intense upbeat music) – In general, littering is a
pretty unpleasant thing to do. And it’s especially bad when you’re out in the countryside on your bike. – Yeah, there’s something
just a little bit upsetting about seeing empty bar or gel wrappers all over your favorite roads. I know we watched the pros today but it’s not fair to copy them, plus, they have a team of people behind the race,
especially for cleaning up. – Yeah, but actually it’s now against the rules in most races to drop litter except in
a designated waste area. So, it’s definitely
not pro to drop litter. – So, you never want to see that, favorite training roads and the
uplifting like rubbish tips. So once you’re done with that gel, make you sure you pop
it back in your pocket ’cause there’s plenty of room before so there’ll be room after. (intense upbeat music) When I first started cycling, I didn’t have a clue what to do. I didn’t know what food to bring, what drinks to bring,
what clothes to wear, I couldn’t fix a puncture, and I got pushed home
nearly every Saturday. And I imagine it was a similar story for a few of you, too. – I was lucky enough to be helped out by some really kind experienced cyclists who basically taught
me how to ride a bike. So, I think it’s really important to report on what we’ve learned to the next generation of cyclists. – [Cyclist On Red Bike] Dig in. – You all right?
– Thanks, guys. – Brilliant first effort. – Yeah.
– It’s a fight when the ride gets hard. – It is hard, but it’s worth it. And there’s only like
five minutes to the cafe and they do a really good cappuccino. (intense upbeat music) It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to someone else, does it? When I’m out on my bike, I always like to say hi to other cyclists that I meet and when
cyclists don’t say hi back, I think, well, are you not having any fun? – Why not just spread a little love? Wave to people you see
out on their road bikes, their mountain bikes, families
on their tandem bikes, even people in their gardens. It doesn’t hurt. It’s not gonna cost you anything. But you might just brighten
up somebody’s day a little. (intense upbeat music) – Now, we’re not saying you need to be able to
fix absolutely everything that could go wrong on your bike. There’s always some things that you’re gonna have to take to a bike shop, for example, pressing bearings into your frame. – Yeah, but we do think it’s a good idea if you’re able to fix most
roadside problems yourself. I mean, if you’re out
riding with other people, you can probably ask them to help you out once or twice, but don’t be that person that’s always borrowing inner tubes or asking somebody else
to fix your puncture. – Emma, here, tire’s done. – Aw, thanks. – This one only applies
on group rides, obviously, but it’s a really, really
important habit to know. – Yes, because failing
to point out potholes are best causes of
discomfort and annoyance to the riders behind you, and at worst, it can lead to punctures and crashes. – Now there are a few good ways to point out potholes, but the best one is definitely shouting hole and shouting and pointing
at the same time. (intense upbeat music) – So, if you’ve got any good habits that you’d like to share with us, please leave them in the comments below. – If you like this video, give us a thumbs up and
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Acknowledge drivers who give you a proper/decent amount of clearance when they pass you… in a friendly, positive way. Too many only 'acknowledge' them when they don't!

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