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Welcome the sport of cycling!

We have provided a few tips on this page in the hopes that you will not only feel more comfortable about riding, but also learn a little more about your bicycle. For even more information think about attending one of our maintenance clinics held periodically throughout the year where you will learn cool things like how to change your tire and also to meet fellow woman cyclists. If you have more questions please contact us at info@pvbikechicks.org.


Click on the Good Stuff button for helpful How To videos.


Beginner Tips


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Traffic Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists



Group Riding Techniques and Etiquette


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Cycling Shoes

Should I or Shouldn't I?


Compared to typical athletic shoes, cycling shoes are specifically designed with the cyclist in mind, much like a ski boot is designed for the needs of a skier. Cycling shoes have stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal away. They protect your feet while riding and support the full length of your foot to reduce cramping and fatigue. The uppers are also relatively rigid for extra support. Cycling shoes also clip to the pedals, which allows you to apply pressure throughout the entire cycling stroke, versus just pushing down. This really comes in handy when climbing hills.

For an article on the importance of regularly checking your cleats click here.


Dressing For Cold Weather

Everyone says it – "Dress In Layers"


You should feel slightly chilled when you start; if you start cold, you'll never warm-up; if you're comfortable you'll overheat and freeze. Things that can help are shoe covers, gloves, tights or leg warmers, jackets and many other cold weather items. A sales associate at most well-known cycling establishments can help you find what you need.


Brake Safely


For a quick stop or downhill stop, press the brakes firmly and evenly with both hands and slide your bottom to the very back of the saddle. This will keep the rear of the bike down so that you don't flip over the handlebars.

On a long downhill, don't stay on your brakes. That may overheat the tire's rim and could cause a blowout. It's safest to "feather brake" – that is, tap the brakes evenly with both hands, applying intermittent pressure.


Hill Climbing Tips



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Lactic Acid


After a long uphill climb, don't coast downhill without pedaling. As you climb up a hill, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and can contribute to muscle soreness. By pedaling lightly but constantly while coasting downhill, even if there's little resistance, you can help remove the lactic acid.


Basic Maintenance


How often should I have my bicyle tuned-up? Do I have to lubricate the chain all the time? How often should I clean the chain and/or bike? These are all good questions and vary depending on how often you ride and where you ride. If you ride along the beach a lot then you will need to clean your chain more often because the sand can wear it down faster.


Click here for a helpful maintenance table.