I’ve taught a lot of people to ride bikes starting with my own kids, of course.
But also when it comes to road bikes, I’ve easily taught a dozen adults.
Sometimes I wonder how I found myself in this role. Partly it’s my own evangelical zeal. Partly it’s that I like to see the people I care about and I like to ride a lot. Putting those thoughts together means getting people I like to buy road bikes and ride them.
I’m a patient teacher and pretty good at showing others what to do. Here, watch me corner and follow behind me. Shift like this, brake like that.
But there are a few areas of cycling where I say, don’t do as I do. I’ve got some bad habits that are hard to unlearn.
Here’s a few:
1. What you should do: Learn to unclip on both sides so that should the need arise you can unclip quickly and easily with both your left foot and your right foot.
What I do: I only ever unclip on the left. No reason, just habit. A bad one. I also wear out cleats unevenly as a result.
2. What you should do: Get your water bottle out of its holder with both hands and drink with your left.
What I do: Use my right hand to take the bottle out of its cage and drink out of the water bottle making access to the brakes dicey. To cut speed, on a North American bike, you use the rear brake, accessed with your right hand. Unless you’re using your water bottle and you’re me.
3. What you should do: Remain seated when climbing and maintain a steady cadence.
What I do: Whatever it takes to get up the hill.
Do you have any bad cycling habits?