By Darcell Adam. Cycling. Published at Friday, March 29th, 2019 - 19:46:05 PM.
For amateurs, when someone says they want to train as best they can, and can ride seven days a week, I always advise them to take two rest days a week. That’s partly to manage them physically, but also mentally. Unless you’re a professional, the weekends and spare time is valuable for your family and lifestyle. It’s easy to over-prioritise cycling when really it is a hobby.
Riders younger than the average might have to look a little further to find a club with a decent mix of ages. Of course there is zero problem riding with a group from the older generation, but it’s also nice to ride and train with folks closer to your own age, which can often be a tricky find when considering cycling clubs.
They then explained that I was young for a cycling journalist, which set me thinking about the nuances of the cycling world for the younger generation. Here are a few things you learn pushing the pedals before your prime.
The first thing you might notice riding bikes in your younger days is that friends won’t necessarily be as excited about the miracle of the bicycle as you. I’m the only one of my friends who rides road bikes, which can make me the butt of A LOT of jokes at the pub. It doesn’t help that my mates ride mountain bikes, making me fair game for a ribbing in their eyes.
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