Once you get the hang of riding on two wheels, here are some basics to remember about riding safely (and friendly) on the road.

When you’re learning to ride, staying upright can feel like a tall task! Once you get the hang of riding on two wheels, here are some basics to remember about riding safely (and friendly) on the road. 

As a baby triathlete or cyclist, it is truly hard to know where to begin. You need a bike, a helmet, a bike rack, clothing, and chamois-things and lube-y things. You need to have a good bike fit, know how to change a tube, and understand the rules of the road. After all of that, then you must learn how to actually ride the darn bike and also stay up on two wheels. It’s a tall order, people.

The list may often feel long and arduous to become a cyclist as an adult, even if you loved to ride your bike as a kid. Nevermind the fact that if you are doing triathlon, you are getting on this bike all sopping wet and flying out of transition like a crazy person. Riding bicycles while soaking wet? Apparently, it’s a thing in this sport.

But like the adult-onset runner or adult-onset swimmer, we adult-onset cyclists can go on to do well on two-wheels, too. There are just a few things to keep in mind—okay a lot of things—but the more we know, the better we can set ourselves up for success.

You can start out on trails or in your neighborhood, but eventually the cyclists take the show on the road.  Here’s the quick and dirty of things to consider, learn, and embody as a new cyclist on the road:

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Meredith Atwood (@SwimBikeMom) is a recovering attorney, motivational speaker and author of Triathlon for the Every Woman. She is the host of the podcast, The Same 24 Hours, a show which interviews interesting people who make the best of the 24 hours in each day. You can download a free triathlon race day checklist here. Meredith lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children and writes about all things at MeredithAtwood.com. She has two books coming out in 2019.