Rookie mistakes when cycling are not restricted to rookies only. I am as guilty as anyone, for most, if not all the the misdemeanors on this list.
Of course fashions change and this list is up for discussion.
One qualification is that it is not a rookie mistake unless it is seen!
1) Overly bright clothing
Fashion is fashion, it comes and goes. Also it is important to be visible on the road. But there are some really bad cycling outfits out there.
2) Out of Fashion Clothing
Short shorts, Singlet Tops etc But there are exemptions, ie male/female or to match the cycling situation
3) Grease Marks on the Legs
Easy to do, make sure you avoid
4) Awkward Postures on the bike
Smooth and still is cool, avoid swaying, bobbing etc
5) Under Inflated Tyres
A very common one with commuting cyclists. I guess you get a better workout with a "soft" ride
6) Riding with the saddle much lower than it should be
Does not happen the other way
7) Summer Clothing on a Winter's Day
No gloves. leg warmers, arm warmers, jackets on a cold day isn't brave its stupid
8) UnShaven legs when riding an beautiful road cycle
The 2 do not go together
9) Riding an unclean beautiful road bicycle.
Keep that bike clean.
10) Taking the TT bike on a hills ride
Save it for the TT
11) Don't wear a pro kit
Unless you are the pro
12) Do not wear the KOM jersey
As per the pro kit
13) Over sized saddle bags
14) Over sized Reflectors
It is so important to be seen, and reflectors are essential at night. There are better ways to go with this than oversized relectors.
15) Do not use a hydration system
Unless you are out mountain biking
16) Overly tall riders riding small framed bikes
And vice versa
17) Riding with a squeaky chain
Wrong on a number of levels
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.
Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.
If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.